Periodic Reporting for period 2 - GreenProtein (Revalorisation of vegetable processing industry remnants into high-value functional proteins and other food ingredients)
Reporting period: 2018-03-01 to 2019-12-31
The main outcome will be the valorisation of 4,000 tons of agricultural residue /yearly into a high quality dried RuBisCo powder ready to enter into food industry production chains as an alternative of the widely extended egg white preparations or whey protein. We are the first team worldwide, covering the whole food chain, to design an extraction system of functional RuBisCO. The project will design and implement specific equipment to establish a demonstration plant with capacity of 1,500 kg/hour of vegetal residue input, rendering 28 Kg of dry RuBisCO and 82 Kg of dry dietary fibre (25-30% dry matter).
The obtained protein has top valuable functionalities required in food industry, such as gelling, foaming or emulsifying. The outcomes have excellent market projection due to their application in growing consumer needs like high-protein foodstuff, vegan, halal, etc.
Industry has shown a great interest for our product. First contact with future customers has been made. The ongoing market analysis shows good projections.
An novel food EFSA dossier was submitted in order to obtain the autorisation for product commercialisation.
The DEMO plant was presented to the public in an event with more than 90 attendees. All project partners took part in a project promotional video. The consortium attended more than 10 events to present the project in different EU countries. Social media and website have been continuously updated and used to engage with key stakeholders and general public.
Wider available of European protein – GreenProtein will unlock the potential of vegetable residues as protein source, decreasing the external dependency on non-EU imported proteins.
Vegetal protein – As a new source of non-animal protein, GreenProtein will contribute to reduce the environmental impacts caused by the production of animal protein.
Promotion of circular bio economy – The green discards which are used as raw material for our extraction process are currently underused biomass. Therefore, our project also contributes to put in practice the principles of circular bio economy.