PROLIFIC will apply validate and scale up a range of processing technologies to agro-industrial residues of legumes, fungi and coffee in order to recover significant amounts of proteins/peptides, fibers and other bioactive compounds from agro-industrial processing residues of legumes (seeds of peas, beans and chickpeas), fungi (cuttings and mycelia of different species) and coffee (silver skin and not compliant roasted seeds). 

The recovered valuable fractions will undergo enzymatic modification & further conditioning techniques before their addition in various product prototypes in an industrially-relevant environment. PROLIFIC ambitions a total of 16 prototypes for the food, feed, packaging & cosmetic sectors. 

The overall impact of the Prolific project is to address specific challenges posed by the valorisation of untapped biomass streams. Specifically, these include:

  • Addressing the present European food policy for the provision of safe, nutritious, high quality and affordable food to European consumers by valorising the increasing amounts of side-streams from the processing of legumes, fungi and coffee;
  • Become the leading solutions’ provider for ingredients/additive alternatives or complementary to those currently available
  • Contributing to meet the increasing demand for bio-based, active, and biodegradable molecules and polymers to be used for polymer formulations and applications;
  • Introducing and validating bio-polymers and green additives in packaging applications
  • Growing the bio-plastics sector and thus mitigating climate change;
  • Contributing to produce new generation of functional feed products also aiming at reducing the dependency from antibiotics
  • Contributing to produce innovative cosmetic products using more sustainable bio-based ingredients


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Project Coordinator

  • Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz, Switzerland 


Project Partners 

  • Alma Mater Studiorum Universita' degli Studi di Bologna, Italy 
  • Innovacio y Recerca Industrial Isostenible SL, Spain 
  • Universita' degli Studi di Parma, Italy 
  • Stazione Sperimentale per l'Industria delle Conserve Alimentari, Italy
  • Celabor SCRL, Belgium
  • IGV Institut fur Getreideverarbeitung GMBH, Germany
  • Stolzenberger Reiner Erich, Germany 
  • Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant VZW, Belgium
  • Conserves France, France
  • RTD Talos Limited, Cyprus
  • Tsatsos Georgios, Greece
  • Illycaffe S.P.A., Italy
  • Nutrition Sciences NV, Belgium
  • Pleurette, France
  • Femto Engineering SRL, Italy
  • Innovacoop SRL, Italy