INGREEN

Production of functional innovative ingredients from paper and agro-food side-streams through

Abstract

Agro-food and Paper mill side streams and by-products are sources of unexploited organic fractions exploitable into safe microbial biomasses, functional ingredients and intermediates, e.g. prebiotics, pre-fermented ingredients, bioplastics and chemicals. The INGREEN bio-based ingredients/materials will be used to produce innovative functional products for food, feed, packaging, pharmaceutical, nutraceutical and cosmetic sectors. The INGREEN outcomes will be obtained by validated tailor made biotechnologies based on safe microorganisms or eco-friendly approaches. Logistics and storage conditions will be optimized to favor the flow from feedstock to the bio-based prototype producers. INGREEN aims to demonstrate in industrial environments the efficiency and sustainability of the target biotechnologies to produce i) lactobionic acid (LBA), galactooligosaccharides (GOS), microbial safe biomasses from whey; ii) polyhydrohyalkanoates (PHA) enriched biomasses and purified PHA, as prebiotics and bioplastics respectively, from paper mill wastewater; iii) functional pre-fermented ingredients from rye/wheat milling fractions. Safe and characterized INGREEN ingredients will be used for innovative functional cheeses, bakery products and nutritious feeds. Functional GOS, LBA and pre-fermented bran will be used to produce prebiotic immune-stimulating gel, nutraceutical supplement and cleanser for human health. INGREEN biodegradable material will be valorised into bag in box to boost INGREEN fluid prototype sustainability. Prototype safety, shelf-life, quality and functional performances will be compared to benchmarks. Also LCA/LCC, sound business cases and plans and compliance with REACH and any relevant EU safety legislation will be applied over the whole project to assess prototype benefits compared to benchmarks. INGREEN product specifications will contribute to define/standardize the regulatory requirements for outcome innovation deals, market uptake and societal acceptance.

Project details

Unibo Team Leader: Rosalba Lanciotti

Unibo involved Department/s:
Dipartimento di Scienze e Tecnologie Agro-Alimentari
Dipartimento di Farmacia e Biotecnologie
Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile, Chimica, Ambientale e dei Materiali

Coordinator:
Ineuvo Ltd (United Kingdom)

Other Participants:
Stichting Effost (Netherlands)
Molini Pivetti Spa (Italy)
Fachhocschule Nordwestschweiz (Switzerland)
Innoven Srl (Italy)
Smurfit Kappa italia SpA (Italy)
Iris Technology Solutions S.L. (Spain)
Nova.ID.FCT ASSOCIAÇÃO PARA A INOVAÇÃO E DESENVOLVIMENTO DA FCT (Portugal)
Avecom N.V. (Belgium)
Depofarma Spa (Italy)
Tecnopackaging-Nuevas Tecnologias Para El Desarrollo De Packaging Y Productos Agroalimentarios Con Componente Plastica Sl (Spain)
Activatec Ltd (United Kingdom)
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - Università di Bologna (Italy)
Caseificio Mambelli S.R.L. (Italy)
Smurfit Kappa Bag-In-Box (France)
Institute of Technology Tralee (Ireland)
BARILLA G. e R. FRATELLI SOCIETA' PER AZIONI (Italy)

Total Eu Contribution: Euro (EUR) 6.323.919,56
Project Duration in months: 42
Start Date: 01/06/2019
End Date: 30/11/2022

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Responsible consumption and production This project contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

UE flag This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 838120