Project: Fermentation-induced valorization of side stream blends from oilseed and dairy industry

Duration 01/10/2020 - 30/09/2023
Project Topic This project addresses the valorization of two side streams from organic oilseed processing and dairy industry through fermentation and creating platform products with improved technological and nutritional functionality. Food production chain sustainability, which refers to waste reduction and the exploration of innovative ways to increase resource efficiency, is of increasing importance. Especially small and medium sized organic seed oil producers and dairy companies are challenged by adequate handling and downstream processing of their side streams. By combining two side streams, circularity of the processes will be strengthened and the strategies developed in this project can be exploited by different actors in the food supply chain. Pre- and posttreatment of the raw materials and fermented blends will reduce antinutritional compounds, increase fermentability and ensure ideal sensory quality. Processing methodologies thereby will pay attention to the reduction of energy consumption and CO2 emissions, for the creation of more climate friendly food platforms. Fermentation of the two side streams will be the key step to obtain safe and adequate products through microbial enzymatic activities that will improve sensory quality and nutritional value, maintaining process sustainability. Furthermore, we will look at the utilization potential of the fermented products, to obtain a series of solutions that are appealing to various end users, from beverage producers to bakeries and snack applications. We expect a substantial increase of knowledge concerning processing and fermentation of blends of oilseed press cakes and whey resulting in tailored food products. This project proposal brings together the competencies of four partners from Denmark, Germany, Italy and Poland who request funding. Two institutes from Spain and Turkey, not eligible for funding, offered to contribute to the project. Until now, eight companies expressed their interest in the project.
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Network CORE Organic Cofund
Call CORE Organic & SUSFOOD Joint Call 2019

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 Technische Universität Dresden = Germany
2 Università degli Studi di Milano = Italy
3 Aarhus University = Denmark
4 Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences = Poland