Swiss breweries produce 80,000 tonnes of malt draff every year. This product is extremely rich in fibres and proteins, but is not yet used for human nutrition. Given the increasing demand for healthier, sustainable and ethical food, manufacturers must adapt and find solutions to offer alternatives that fulfill the needs of their customers.
ProSeed wants to develop an extraction process to produce a protein concentrate for food producers who wish to offer sustainable and ecological products to their customers. Unlike other imported and highly processed plant-based protein sources, we provide a local and upcycled protein powder ingredient extracted from co-products of the brewing industry.
ProSeed and its product concept were validated by the main identified target: the industrial bakery sector.
A Minimum Viable Product with a protein content of 70% will be launched in the first quarter of 2022.
ProSeed would like to develop its expertise in nutrients extraction and deepen its focus on the technofunctionalities of the proteins.
Developing our product and our transformation process is essential to ensure the success of our project. The manufacturing activity and the composition of the finished product are patentable. Thus, the development and optimization of the process and procedures will provide unique and valuable know-how to ProSeed.
Thanks to the GRS support and funding, we can beneficiate from the adequate infrastructures and environment of the HEI-VS to develop our product and, ultimately, our company.
Our first targets are the baking industries and flour-based products' producers (i.e., pasta, bread, biscuits). Companies in this sector are looking to develop their product range by offering protein-rich alternatives and healthy branded products. ProSeed is already in contact with an industrial bakery that will become our partner and support our tests and pilot phase.
By improving the technical features of the product, ProSeed will then be able to address new sectors of customers such as fitness and sports nutrition products, vegan and vegetarian food, as well as meat and dairy substitutes.
While our customers are food producers, the end-users’ needs are strongly integrated into ProSeed's mission. As flexitarians and vegetarians are looking for companies that offer ethical, local and sustainable food goods, ProSeed’s objective is to respond to this specific demand.
Although ProSeed started as a master's thesis, our ambition is to expand the project into a company that is implemented and active in Switzerland.
ProSeed's journey is just starting. The first grant, awarded by GRS, will allow us to transform an idea into a lasting business.
In the future, ProSeed would like to develop its expertise in nutrients extraction and deepen its focus on the technofunctionalities of proteins, as well as other nutrients. We aspire to expand our product portfolio and activities to new sectors and applications, while contributing to a more sustainable and transparent food system.
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Last update to this project presentation 07.10.2021