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Reducing food processing waste

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 6922

  • Start date

    1 February 2005

  • End date

    31 January 2008

Funded under:

FP6-FOOD

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 113 558

  • EU contribution

    € 3 099 158

Coordinated by:

INSTITUTE OF FOOD RESEARCH

United Kingdom

Objective

There is great pressure from consumers and legislation (e.g. EC Landfill Directive) for food processors to reduce disposal of co-product wastes which are biologically complex, environmentally unfriendly, and often microbiologically unstable. REPRO addresses all requirements of T6.6 Recycling and upgrading organic wastes from the food chain in environmentally friendly food production. New methods will be developed to upgrade large, poorly-addressed waste co-products [vegetable trimmings and spent grain], to higher-value materials and to utilize whole waste.
This involves (a) integrated procedures for ensuring microbiological safety, stability and traceability of co-products;
(b) development of tailored bioprocesses for precisely extracting and modifying waste co-products / components;
(c) integration of the bioprocesses with advanced extraction, filtration and drying technologies.
Novel, hybrid methods and processes will deconstruct co-products into defined and marketable product streams while ensuring water recycling.
Outputs will include pharmaceuticals, food ingredients and feed ingredients. Exploitation will be maximized by carrying out risk analysis of consumer/retailer acceptance, technological feasibility, economic viability, environmental safety and legislative compliance. This follows the fork-to-farm principle and contributes to Area 5.4.6. The interdisciplinary, trans-sectorial and problem-solving collaboration of world-class research organizations (science and industry) from the EU and Candidate Countries will contribute to development of anintegrated ERA, and enhance the standing of science as a career. Dissemination across the food industry andconsumer/retailer sectors will involve development of Stakeholder Interaction Platforms and a Brokerage Platform. REPRO will last 3 years; its IMPACT will be sustainable.

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Coordinator

INSTITUTE OF FOOD RESEARCH

Address

Norwich Research Park, Colney
Norwich

United Kingdom

Participants (12)

AGROTECHNOLOGY AND FOOD INNOVATIONS BV

Netherlands

NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK - TNO

Netherlands

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE (INRA)

France

VALTION TEKNILLINEN TUTKIMUSKESKUS (VTT)

Finland

INSTITUTET FOER LIVSMEDEL OCH BIOTEKNIK AB

Sweden

UNIVERSITET FOR MILJO OG BIOVITENSKAP (NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF LIFE SCIENCES)

Norway

THE MANCHESTER METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

FUNDACION GAIKER

Spain

GAZIANTEP UNIVERSITY

Turkey

CSIR - COUNCIL FOR SCIENTIFIC AND INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH

South Africa

LATVIAN VALSTS KOKSNES KIMIJAS INSTITUTS

Latvia

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITEIT

Netherlands

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 6922

  • Start date

    1 February 2005

  • End date

    31 January 2008

Funded under:

FP6-FOOD

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 113 558

  • EU contribution

    € 3 099 158

Coordinated by:

INSTITUTE OF FOOD RESEARCH

United Kingdom