Providing a healthy and sustainable diet for the growing world population is a huge social challenge. Our diets and consumption patterns are being critically appraised from several angles. The social challenge we are facing is huge but it is also a source of opportunities to research and innovate new technologies, products and processes, and to take transformative steps to transition to a circular green economy.
In December 2018, Suiker Unie acquired the innovative start-up Green Protein B.V. Based in Wageningen, the Netherlands, this company has developed a process to extract the protein RuBisCo from green leaves. This high quality protein can be used as a food ingredient. Its production method not only complements the worldwide transition to vegetable proteins, but also extracts more sustainable value from the sugar beet biomass.
Start-ups and their innovative strength are important to Suiker Unie and its parent cooperative, Cosun. They are a source of state of the art knowledge, provide access to international developments and a large international network of innovative entrepreneurs.
*“This project has received funding from the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 720728”. www.greenproteinproject.eu