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BIOTREM Report Summary

Project ID: 729781

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - BIOTREM (BIOTREM - processing wheat bran into packaging products)

Reporting period: 2016-06-01 to 2016-08-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

Feasibility Study has been prepared to evaluate the current situation of Biotrem (including technology, production process, logistics, sales and marketing strategy, evaluation of products by customers, organizational structure, IRR strategy), identify areas that need to be improved and develop specific solutions in order to successfully commercialize Biotrem technology – globally-unique, innovative and patented, sustainable method of processing by-products of the milling industry.
Biotrem technology addresses societal challenges of:
I) adding-value to agricultural side-products
It focuses on typical by-product generated while processing grain into flour – wheat bran. Wheat bran constitutes 30-40% of grain input, which leads to an overstock, that is difficult to store, as it begins to ferment within 3 weeks. Moreover, with supply exceeding demand, it has low commercial value, being typically used as feed for farm animals or food products like cereal.
II) decreasing long-term packaging waste
Final products are bio-based, using annually renewable agricultural side-product as production material (100% wheat bran, no additives). In result products are compostable and biodegrade within 30 days (in open-air conditions). They offer functional substitutes for conventional packaging (plastic and paper), thus decreasing the amount of long-term packaging waste. No other industrially used packaging solution offers such set of environment-friendly features.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

Conclusions of the Feasibility Study - areas that need to be improved.
1) production area – improvement of quality and usability of products, optimization of energy consumption and machine performance (new warehouse; change in the system of products’ forming and heating; pre-processing of wheat bran; new machine to edge trimming; increase products’ usability).
2) sales area (creation of a distribution network in Europe; certification of Quality Management System ISO 9001:2015 and standards of Food Safety Management System according to Standard BRC; cooperation with reliable distributors outside Europe and ultimately grant of license to use BIOTREM technology in 3-5 regions).
3) marketing area (new marketing strategy; new marketing materials).
4) capital area (new investors and additional money).

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

By creating added value from waste and by-products generated on farm and along the value-chain, it directly addresses societal needs resulting from rising environmental awareness of consumers and increasingly stringent regulations

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