A SWEEPING CHANGE FROM PROTEIN DEFICIT TOWARDS PROTEIN INDEPENDENCE OF EU

With the European Union relying heavily on plant protein imports used mostly in livestock feed, the VALPRO Path project hopes to create sustainable Europe by harnessing plant protein production and smooth transition from current to novel practices.
A LOOK INSIDE THE EXISTING EUROPEAN PROTEIN LANDSCAPES

As a good source of amino acids for livestock, plant proteins are a necessary component of animal feed, and fundamental to EU farming. Unfortunately, the European Union depends on plant protein imports mostly from North and South America. Additionally, current business models and strategies are not taking into consideration nutrient capture, climate resilience, and circularity.

VALPRO Path: MAKING A PLANT PROTEIN BOOM

In order to create value for all food-chain actors and enhance plant protein production in Europe, VALPRO Path will launch five large-scale pilots (Innovative Production Systems) in Germany, Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Denmark. Covering 5 pedo-climatic areas and protein crops with the highest value potential like pea, lupin, chickpea, faba bean and lentils, VALPRO Path til ensure sustainable growth of protein crops through variety selection of nutritionally best plant- protein sources and their combinations.

CREATING WINNING BUSINESS MODELS

In order for new developed solutions and practices to fit the needs of the European plant protein market, we will create business models for each specific pilot providing them with key insights regarding the market analysis, competitor analysis and target users.

VALPRO PATH IN A NUTSHALL

Project Coordination:

Dr. Ewen Mullins

Head of Crop Science Department at Teagasc and VALPRO Path Project Coordinator

Oak Park, Carlow R93 XE12, Ireland

ewen.mullins@teagasc.ie

Project Communication:

Prof dr Mladen Radisic

CEO Foodscale Hub

LEONTOS SOFOU 20, THERMI
THESSALONIKIS, 57001, Greece

mladen@foodscalehub.com

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 101059824.