There is a global need, from sustainability, food security and also health perspective, to increase dietary intake of plant protein. Side-streams from wheat and rice processing offer large under-exploited raw material potential. The main aim of PROMINENT (Protein Mining of Cereal side-streams Exploring Novel Technological Concepts) is to develop techno-economically and environmentally viable protein-based ingredients and foods from cereal processing side streams. The consortium will concentrate on novel hybrid fractionation and extraction technologies, utilizing bioprocessing, supercritical carbon dioxide -extraction, thermo-mechanical technologies, wet and dry fractionation, and expanded bed adsorption technology.
A strong focus in PROMINENT will be in using enzymatic and thermo-mechanical methods to improve techno-functional and sensory properties of protein ingredients to reach desirable taste and texture in food applications. Pasta, biscuit, cake and beverage food models are the main end product categories, where new protein ingredients will be used as dietary protein source and act as performance proteins to deliver similar techno-functional and sensory properties to animal proteins. Safety, quality, techno-economic feasibility, sustainability and market potential of the new protein ingredients and foods will also be assessed, and strategies for marketing, dissemination, and exploitation of innovations will be designed. The project will support the economic growth, resource efficiency and sustainability of the European agro-food industry, and open new market opportunities by generating new plant protein ingredients obtained from cereal processing side streams as well as new products for the consumer food market.
PROMINENT is a three-year project funded under H2020-EU. VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland coordinates the project. The other consortium members are Südzucker AG, AB Enzymes, Upfront, United Biscuits, Barilla, Olvi, Luke (Natural Resources Institute Finland) and Bridge2Food.
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