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New solutions to transform waste into useful products

PROLIFIC project promises new uses for legume, mushroom and coffee waste

PROLIFIC is a new European research project with the partnership of 17 partners from 8 European countries. It’s ambitious goal is to transform waste from legumes, mushrooms and coffee into new food products, animal feeds, packaging materials and even cosmetics.

The project is financed with over €4.5 million from the Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking, a public-private partnership between the EU and the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC), an organization that connects large and small/medium enterprises, research institutions, universities and public and private bodies at European level involved in the development of the circular bio-economy.

The partners involved will work to develop technological and industrial solutions for the recovery of proteins and other bioactive molecules (such as fibres and polyphenols) from the processing waste of the agro-food industry, in particular the production of legumes, mushrooms and coffee. The aim is to produce 16 prototypes of products for the food sectors (vegan / vegetarian, cereal-based, meat-based products), feed (for poultry and pigs), bioactive packaging (for food and cosmetics), and cosmetics. reports how this project has received funding from the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking (JU) under grant agreement No 790157. The JU receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and the Bio Based Industries Consortium.

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