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Valorisation of algae for a better taste

Priority Axis

Technological and Social Innovation

Specific objective

Technological Innovation

Belgium/Flanders

EV-ILVO - Eigen Vermogen Instituut voor Landbouw- en Visserij Onderzoek

Lead partner

address

Burgemeester Van Gansberghelaan 92
9820 Merelbeke
Belgium

Contact

Project budget

5 699 865

ERDF amount

3 419 919

ERDF rate

60%

Start date

12/07/2018

End date

31/03/2022

Common challenge

To maintain current consumption trends, the world must produce 50-70% more food by 2050. Current global algae biomass production is 3M tonnes. In the EU, however, only 0.1 tonne is cultivated with 9% for food, compared to 90% globally. Many EU countries allow wild harvesting of seaweed, an unsustainable practice with low quality yields. Imports of (Asian) algae do not meet EU food safety standards. The key challenge: ‘Controlled sustainable production and processing of high quality, stable, safe algal biomass of known composition with important food features and a good total palatability including: taste, aroma, colour and texture’, in order to facilitate change in favour of food from the lower trophic regions in the ocean food chain and investment in the sector. Food producers need a reliable and predictable supply of high quality biomass and consumers want tasty, safe and high quality products. ValgOrize will close this gap.

Partners

Belgium/Flanders

VITO-Vlaamse Instelling voor Technologisch Onderzoek

Netherlands

Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research

Netherlands

HZ University of Applied Sciences

Netherlands

Stichting Noordzeeboerderij

Netherlands

Zeewaar BV

France

ULCO - Université du Littoral Côte d’Opale

France

Université de Lille

England

University of Greenwich

England

Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom

Netherlands

Texel Saline BV

France

Nausicaa

Observers

Belgium/Flanders

Flanders' Food

France

Aquimer

Belgium/Flanders

POML- Provinciale Ontwikkelingsmaatschappij West-Vlaanderen

Netherlands

Unilever

Belgium/Flanders

De Blauwe Cluster vzw

Netherlands

Koninklijke Euroma B.V.

Netherlands

Provincie Zeeland

WWF - World Wide Fund For Nature

Belgium/Flanders

European Biogas Association

Netherlands

Rijkswaterstaat Zee en Delta, Ministerie van Infrastructuur en Waterstaat; Rijkswaterstaat

Netherlands

Provincie Noord-Holland