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Welcome to the B-Resilient Skills Hub, an innovative resource designed to enhance the resilience of European Food Production and Processing SMEs. Developed within the framework of the B-Resilient project, our skills hub serves as a comprehensive document tool, providing easy access to a wide range of valuable resources.

Our primary objective is to support SMEs by equipping them with the knowledge and expertise necessary to optimize their biomass utilization and minimize waste generation. Throughout the project’s lifespan, our skills hub will be regularly updated with the latest insights and best practices in biomass valorization and zero waste strategies.

Assembled by the collaborative efforts of the B-Resilient partners, the skills hub is a centralized repository of practical information tailored specifically to the needs of food production SMEs. With a simple click, you can explore a wealth of resources that will empower you to improve your resilience and achieve sustainable growth.

Join us on this journey towards a more resilient future for European Food Production SMEs. Together, we can unlock the potential of biomass and pave the way for a greener, more efficient industry.

Dairy
Dairy
Spent Grains
Spent Grains
Stone Fruits & Apple
Stone Fruits & Apple
Cereals and Wheat Bran
Cereals & Wheat Bran
Grapevine & Winemaking
Grapevine & Winemaking
Other Value Chains
Other Value Chains
General Resources
General Resources

Dairy

Dairy

Started in 2014, the French collaborative project PROFIL cumulates nearly 60 years of research and development, condensed into 6 years! PROFIL stands for  Functionalized Milk Protein Assemblies for Innovation in the Dairy Industry.

PROFIL focuses on the properties of serum milk protein assemblies to replace preservative and texturising additives in dairy products. 


Spent Grains

Spent Grains
Brewer’s spent grain (BSG) is a by-product of the brewing industry that makes up 85 percent of brewing wastes. It is obtained as a mostly solid residue after wort production in the brewing process. This article describes market trends of BSG and example of  valorisation. 
 

Wheat bran is a byproduct of wheat milling, which in Europe is a significant sector within the food processing industry. Europe is the second most important producer of wheat worldwide, behind China.

Indeed, the climate in the European Union is favourable to the development of  cereal crops, in particular wheat, thanks to moderate temperatures (between -6 and 20 degrees Celsius), warm weather before growth and sunny conditions during the final stages before wheat harvest.

Stone Fruits & Apple

Stone Fruits & Apple

The olive biorefinery involves a multi-product process from different raw materials: olive leaves, exhausted olive pomace,  olive stones and olive tree pruning residues. Biorefinery  processes associated with these wastes allow their valorization to produce bioenergy and high value-added renewable products.

In this work, using geographic information  system tools, the biomass from olive crop fields, mills and olive pomace-extracting industries, where these  wastes are generated, was determined and quantified in the study area (provinces of Jaén, Córdoba and Seville), making it possible to identify the best locations for the implementation of the biorefineries based on olive-derived biomass.

Cereals and Wheat Bran

Cereals and Wheat Bran

Wheat bran, consisting of bran and middlings, is the primary byproduct of the milling industry, accounting for 14 to 19% of the materials resulting from wheat crushing. It is excluded from white flour due to the negative perception linked to its dark colour.

In Belgium, the main valorisations for wheat bran are in energy biomass and animal feed. It can also occasionally be reintroduced in the formulation of whole-grain bread and  pasta.

Grapevine & Winemaking

Grapevine & Winemaking

Organic mulches have emerged as a promising and sustainable solution for enhancing cultivation practices worldwide. Unlike traditional synthetic materials, organic mulches are derived from natural sources such as plant residues, compost, straw, or even post-cultivation substrates like mushroom remnants. Their increasing popularity comes from the numerous benefits they bring to various agricultural systems, including the cultivation of crops like vineyards.

 

The by-products of grapes are the materials or components obtained as a result of the winemaking process. These by-products can be recovered and used for various purposes, or in some cases, they are sought to be avoided due to their potential negative impact on the final product. The most common by-products include grape pomace, grape seeds, wine lees, and wine acids. 

Other Value Chains

Other Value Chains

This company has created an innovative solution for recycling eggshells as an agricultural amendment. It has invested 800,000 euros in its manufacturing process. It is reaching  saturation point, and a second line is being studied. Terremo’Logic will transform 6,000 tonnes of eggshells this  year, collected from five Breton “casseries”. Located in Lizio (Morbihan), the Terremo’Logic team will then grind and heat these shells using a unique and confidential process.

Two examples of tomato skin valorization: on the cosmetic market and on biopolymers. The processing of tomato fruit into puree, juices, sauces, etc, produce numerous by-products in the form of tomato pomace, which includes peel and seeds.

These by-products are rich in water and difficult to transport and must be consumed quickly after their  production. Furthermore, in addition to the technical difficulty of their exploitation, the economic reality of valuing such a by-product is also an issue.

A great deal of waste and by-products is produced during banana harvesting and consumption, including stems, leaves, inflorescences, and peels. Some of them have the potential to be used to develop new foods. This paper summarized the composition information, functions, and comprehensive utilization of banana by-products. Moreover, the problems and future development in its utilization 

Migino, Ranobo and Didess joined hands 2 years ago. Together they founded the MiRaDi partnership on nut processing. Together with Flanders‘ FOOD and VIVES and with the support of VLAIO, they developed an extensive product range with a focus on zero-waste. From mayo to croquette, discover MiRaDi’s zero-waste nut buffet here. 

General Elements and Resources on Resilience for Food Producing and Processing SMEs

General Resources

Clust-ER Agrifood organized an online public event on April 12 at 16:00 to discuss a priority theme: how to innovate the use of food residues in high added value products in a context of accelerated climate change, in which circular economy is more important than ever. In partnership with the SPES Value Chain (“Valorization of by-products and waste – chemistry from biomass in the agrifood sector”) of the Agrifood Clust-ER, 6 questions were discussed, as follows:

1. What are the top 5 trends in new ingredients from traditional value chains (traditional primary products such as wheat, stone fruit, grapes, etc.)?
2. What are the top 5 trends in new ingredients from non-traditional value chains (such as algae, insects, bio-based proteins)?
3. What are the main obstacles to allowing a wider diffusion of these new trends?
4. What is the added value of these new trends compared to what exists at the moment?
5. What are the best tips and tricks learned in the Emilia-Romagna region to create a constructive environment to support new developments?
6. What are the main needs (finance, research, startup/scaleup facilities, business support, right partners, …) to create new resilient value chains?

The opportunities offered to SMEs by the EUROCLUSTER “B-Resilient” project were also presented – namely the “lump sum” Mobility, Business Continuity Plan, Innovation & Internationalization calls – which aim to finance innovative products generated by primary or secondary productions using the biotechnology.

According to the ADEME’s definition, a by-product is something that is created during the process of producing a product, whether or not this is intentional. The by-product is intended for a specific use, different from that of the product from which it is derived. So it is somewhere between an original product and waste. What are the obstacles that get in the way of your by-products?

B-Resilient project offers the opportunity to be partly financed if you are an SME working on valorising food biomass and you are facing disturbance in logistic, production, raw material…

The MixMatters Integrated System is a smart and multi-purpose solution that makes valorisation of a wide range of mixed bio-waste streams containing impurities from the agri-food industry a viable option.

The system consists of a Separation Unit and the Valorisation Hub, encompassing a range of advanced technologies into an Integrated System that is mobile, modular, multipurpose and smart.

The overall objective of MixMatters is to set up the system and demonstrate the separation and valorisation of mixed agri-food biowaste containing impurities such as plastic, cardboard or metal and coming from three streams from the agri-food industry (wholesale markets, greenhouses, and the food and drink industry) into six high-value outputs: powdered ingredients, sugar concentrates, recombinant proteins, green fibres, bioactive compounds, and plastic monomers.

The Emilia-Romagna Region has published a brochure in English entitled “The agrifood system of Emilia-Romagna region” which is now available online; it reports the most significant data of the agri-food system of the Emilia-Romagna region; its structure, economy and excellenceFrom territorial to economic data, from production chains to import-export data, from excellent products (Labels) to sustainable production techniques (organic and integrated), the publication paints a complete picture of the characteristics of quality, safety, traceability, and sustainability of production which have given Emilia-Romagna that leading role in agri-food which has been recognized for years both in Italy and abroad.  

Innov’Alliance, in collaboration with Valorial and Wagralim, have organised a webinar on the theme of “how to secure the supply chain of food raw materials?” to help companies understand what a business continuity plan is. The B-resilient project offers financial assistance in this area. 

Organisations that work on sustainability and digitalisation are more resilient, less susceptible to crises and outperform their competitors. Will you be a front runner? A training has been organised to perform cluster managers and staffs’ comprehension on the ‘Business continuity Plan’, and inspire them with new ideas 

Byp4Dev aims to provide learners with suitable training tools, which will facilitate the transition and acceleration to the bio-based society and the primary sector development through a generation of more added value products and processes.

Characterising and valorising food and industrial wastes using omics techniques and biotechnology is vital for sustainable practices. Omics methods provide a comprehensive understanding of waste composition, and when coupled with biotechnology, enable the conversion of these wastes into valuable bioactive products. This integrated approach aligns with circular economy principles, minimising environmental impact and transforming waste into valuable resources.

Studies like “Engineering Strategies for Efficient Bioconversion of Glycerol to Value-Added Products by Yarrowia lipolytica,” demonstrate how engineering strategies can optimise the bioconversion of glycerol into valuable products using Yarrowia lipolytica. By focusing on genetic, biochemical, and industrial aspects, such research advances efficient utilisation of waste, promoting sustainability and contributing to a circular economy.

The introduction of Novel Food is a topic of great importance to help the agrifood sector innovate and become more resilient, whilst also ensuring the improved sustainability of its supply chains, with a view to strengthening circular economy. On 14th December, Clust-ER Agrifood Emilia-Romagna organised in collaboration with the B-Resilient EUROCLUSTERS project the online training sessions “Novel food and process & product innovation” during which 5 speakers inspired and transferred knowledge to the an audience of over 50 participants on topics including food safety state of the art and regulatory aspects (EFSA’s position); Novel Food: opportunities and obstacles for the supply chain regional agri-food, the case of Alia’s Insect Farm, or the consumer’s point of view between curiosity and resistances (by the National Confconsumatori association).


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This project has received European funding under Grant Agreement 101074621 of which 1,12 million goes directly to Food Processing SME thanks to the B-Resilient Financial Support to Third Parties Scheme.

Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or EISMEA. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.