Protein Compass

Protein Compass

Organisatie-onderdeel

TKI AF

Projectcode

AF18017

MMIP

Landbouw, Water, Voedsel>A. Kringlooplandbouw>A4. Eiwitvoorziening voor humane consumptie uit (nieuwe) plantaardige bronnen

Startdatum

01/01/19

Einddatum

31/12/21

Samenvatting

The protein intake of humans is primarily animal based. From sustainability point of view, the resources required for animal protein production are too high, particularly in view of the current population growth and societal trends, such as increased standard of living. This calls for a transition from animal to plant-based protein and therefore, for the development of new sustainable and healthy food products. A major challenge, however, is the lack of overview and predictability of the intrinsic functional, nutritional and sensorial properties of the protein raw materials, which hampers fast and successful identification of the best plant protein for a specific application.

Protein Compass targets to collect and generate a systematic overview of the characteristics of protein rich raw materials and protein isolates. This information is brought together in a database containing all relevant characteristics, including the future potential of the production chain and the economic viability, of the most promising plant protein sources. The data base will contain publicly available information, retrieved by smart digital technologies, and newly generated data from standardized, preferably high throughput, methods to ensure reliability in comparing data from different sources. This collection of data on the raw protein rich materials will be a start for a comprehensive tool for the food industry in which also other data like full nutritional content information, CO2 foot prints, sustainability and examples for applications can be added to reach an efficient toolbox to support the industry in more effective and faster development of more sustainable food products

Doel van het project

Protein Compass targets to collect and generate a systematic overview of the characteristics of protein rich raw materials and protein isolates. This information is brought together in a database containing all relevant characteristics, including the future potential of the production chain and the economic viability, of the most promising plant-protein sources. The database will contain publicly available information, retrieved by smart digital technologies, and newly generated data from standardized, preferably high throughput, methods to ensure reliability in comparing data from different sources.

Relatie met missie (Motivatie)

Protein Compass addresses the Agri & Food Sector’s themes Consumer & Society, Healthy & Safe and Smart Technologies. It is also anticipated that from the database and the newly developed high throughput methods, ideas for new technologies for protein processing and total use of raw materials can be developed to link to the themes Climate neutral and Circularity. For these reasons, the project is of importance to the food industry and science community to embark on big data and data analysis technologies for speeding up innovation in healthy and sustainable food production, with high chance of consumer acceptance.

Geplande acties

Protein Compass targets to collect and generate a systematic overview of the characteristics of protein rich raw materials and protein isolates. This information is brought together in a database containing all relevant characteristics, including the future potential of the production chain and the economic viability, of the most promising plant-protein sources. The database will contain publicly available information, retrieved by smart digital technologies, and newly generated data from standardized, preferably high throughput, methods to ensure reliability in comparing data from different sources.