July 20, 2023

InnoProtein Project: a Sustainable Protein Revolution

Source: a4f

A4F Joins International Consortium for New Sustainable Proteins for Food, Feed and Non-Food Bio-based Applications

We are thrilled to announce our participation in the groundbreaking InnoProtein project. This project aims to address the global "protein gap," a pressing issue where the EU currently imports 70% of protein-rich crops and 90% of soy. The constant growth of the world population, predicted to reach 10 billion by 2050, heightens the urgency of this project.

The InnoProtein, in line with the European Green Deal and the Farm to Fork Strategy, seeks to enhance Europe's protein self-sufficiency. We're committed to developing and implementing sustainable, economically viable protein sources. With a primary focus on environmental and social well-being, the project aims to provide Single Cell Proteins - derived from microalgae, bacteria, fungi, and entomological sources - and adopt a circular, zero-waste perspective.

At A4F, we're tasked with developing culture methods and scaling up the cultivation of Haematococcus pluvialis, Euglena gracilis, and Aphanizomenon flos-aquae. This crucial contribution aligns with our mission of fostering sustainable solutions that meet end-users' needs and expectations, alleviating pressure on natural resources.

This comprehensive project, spanning 48 months, involves a consortium of 15 partners from nine European countries, each contributing their unique expertise. With an estimated budget of 5 M€, the project is supported by the Circular Bio-based Europe Joint Undertaking and its members, showcasing the project's potential and collaborative dedication.

With the InnoProtein project, we're geared to challenge traditional protein sources and usher in an era of sustainable protein production. We look forward to making a difference!