Knowledge Based Bio-Economy

NAMASTE-EU

New Advances in the integrated Management of food processing wAste in India and Europe: use of Sustainable Technologies for the Exploitation of byproducts into new foods and feeds (Environmental impacts and total food chain)

Project acronym: NAMASTE-EU

Title of project: New Advances in the integrated Management of food processing wAste in India and Europe: use of Sustainable Technologies for the Exploitation of byproducts into new foods and feeds

Research area: Environmental Impacts and total food chain

Contract No: 245267

EU contribution: €1 499 995

Start date: February 2010

Duration: 42 months

Status: on-going

Note: a parallel complementary RTD project, named NAMASTE-INDIA, is carried out in India with funds provided by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) of the Republic of India.

The European and Indian food industries generate several millions of tons per year of by-products, particularly in the fruit and cereal processing sectors. The exploitation and disposal of these streams is limited (e.g. use in animal feed and composting) because of their inadequate biological stability and collection strategies. As a result, large portions of them are disposed of as waste in landfill, which itself is becoming increasingly restricted to reduce pollution and health hazards.

The development of technologically and economically viable approaches to convert fruit and cereal processing by-product into appropriate ingredients and the development of new, high value food products and feeds would allow the reduction of the volume of such matrices disposed of and the production of higher-value foodstuffs, with remarkable positive effects on the sustainability and the economic competitiveness of the European and Indian food industries.

A combined effort by the European Union and the Republic of India on this common priority can further extend the benefits of a similar strategy by creating new market opportunities for the food sector of both continents. The two parallel NAMASTE projects are specifically aimed at boosting the European and Indian capacities for converting fruit and cereal-derived by-products into new food products/feeds with improved nutritional properties.

The strategic objectives of NAMASTE projects are to:

  • interface the complementary and synergic needs and expertise of EU and India;
  • exploit common, industrially-driven, innovative and sustainable processes for converting locally abundant common/complementary fruit and cereal processing by-products into new food products and feeds of local and transnational interest.

Through research and technological development, NAMASTEs aims to develop and assess EU-India common protocols in the processing of wheat and rice bran and citrus, mango and pomegranate processing by-products, thereby developing environmentally and economically sustainable processes for converting them into new food products like such as fruit paste, satiating juice, fibre rich instant desert, crunchy citrus filled snack enriched with natural fibres and natural vanillin and a feed for aquaculture.

The direct involvement of strongly committed EU and Indian industries (and of an external Industrial Platform) will provide the high added value of guaranteeing the validation of developed processes and products, thus ensuring fast and effective industrial uptake.

The activities performed so far as well as those planned by NAMASTE EU & NAMASTE INDIA projects have resulted respectively are expected to result in:

the development of economically and environmentally sustainable protocols and strategies for the industrial conversion of fruit and cereal processing by-products into new food products and feeds with prominent market opportunities in both EU and India;

  • the creation of a common India-EU knowledge-based vision in the area of the environmental sustainability of the food industry.

NAMASTE-EU will particularly focus on citrus by-products and wheat bran processing, and will develop and assess laboratory-scale experimental protocols to convert these by-products into food ingredients and new foods with improved nutritional properties (e.g. fruit paste, citrus filled snacks, citrus-based snacks, fruit enriched breakfast cereals, citrus paste-based self-stable fillers for bakery products, and a new citrus/mango based feed for aquaculture).

NAMASTE-INDIA will adopt complementary/synergic strategies, technologies and processes for turning by-products/wastes of mango and pomegranate processing and rice bran into similar ingredients, new foods and feeds. A proactive EU-India cooperation effort will be adopted to enhance mutual benefits, in terms of both knowledge production and market expansion for the global food and drink industry.

Website of project:www.namaste-eu-india.org

NAMASTE-EU:

Coordinator: Prof. Fabio Fava, fabio.fava@unibo.it

Organisation: Alma Mater Studiorum-Universita di Bologna, Italy, www.eng.unibo.it

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NAMASTE INDIA:

Scientific Coordinator: Dr. Pradip Goswami, goswamip@rrljorhat.res.in

Organisation: North East Institute of Science and Technology (NEIST), India,  www.rrljorhat.res.in/

Management: Surbhi Sharma, surbhi@itsmaindia.org

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