February 01, 2016

01/02/2016: New research project to valorise wheat and rice proteins from side streams

Official start of PROMINENT, a new bio-based industries (BBI) public-private partnership project

There is a global need to increase dietary intake of plant protein, both from a sustainability but also food security and nutritional perspective. While search for new protein crops is one option, efficient use of currently available raw materials also offers large potential for increasing the number and volume of plant protein food ingredients. Wheat and rice are globally the most cultivated grains after corn.

Side-streams from wheat and rice processing offer large under-exploited raw material potential for recovery and development of new ingredients such as protein and dietary fibre. While addressing the global food security demand for increased amounts of dietary protein, intensification of the current processes by better use of their side streams also offers means to improve the economy of these processes. For consumer food companies, availability of new protein ingredients offers new business opportunities in terms of development of new high-protein product concepts.

Under the project name PROMINENT which stems from PROtein MINing of Cereal side-streams Exploring Novel Technological Concepts, various partners have decided to join forces in a Bio-Based Industries project under the Horizon 2020 umbrella (European Union funding for Research & Innovation).

Participants in PROMINENT are: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd (project leader), Südzucker AG (Germany), AB Enzymes (Germany), Upfront (Denmark), United Biscuits (United Kingdom), Barilla (Italy), Olvi (Finland), LUKE (Finland) and Bridge2Food (The Netherlands).
According to Dr Emilia Nordlund, research team leader of Food Solution at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, "this project is expected to generate innovations on resource efficient value chains for plant-based protein products which will contribute to a more sustainable and competitive bio-based economy".

"Südzucker and BENEO, the world’s largest sugar producer and its subsidiary, a leading company in functional ingredients from rice, chicory root, sugar and wheat, and dedicated to nutrition and health, are keen to explore new ways to proteins for the food industry. Valorising protein streams by innovative process concepts is therefore a key focus and the reason why we are engaging ourselves in Prominent”, says Dr Alain Graf, R&D protein platform manager at Südzucker/BENEO.
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"Barilla, the world’s largest pasta producer, wants to be close to the development of new ingredients derived from wheat and rice processing”, said Giovanni Tribuzio, responsible for Research on Primary Processing and Strategic Raw Materials.

"This project will bring us in close touch with science leaders and food ingredient innovation, and this can help us develop new sustainable, nutritionally balanced products, in line with our way of doing business: 'Good for You, Good for the Planet'."

Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) is in charge of sustainability assessment with key know-how to analyse and verify whether the total environmental impacts of new protein ingredients and their supply chains are remarkably lower compared to the animal based protein products. According to Juha-Matti Katajajuuri, Research Programme Manager at Luke (and WP leader), ”this project fits very well in the current discussions on making economies more circular, where at the same time social aspects should be considered as we do in this important project. The future of food industry is closely connected to making chains more efficient and sustainable in terms of circular economy”.

Learn more about the Joint Undertaking on Bio-based Industries (BBI) HERE.

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