Optimal use of biomass!

More than ever, we are conscient that we live in a world of limited resources! Global challenges like the environmental crisis the world is facing today, aggravated by the supply chain and energy disruptions from the COVID-19 pandemic and the Ukraine War, make the transition to a climate-neutral society urgent. The European Green Deal has confirmed the EU’s ambition to become the first climate neutral continent by 2050, safeguarding people, planet, and prosperity.

The current European agri-food value chains have been under considerable pressure in recent years. Like other industries, they face increasing volatility across a range of business parameters like energy cost fluctuations, logistic restrictions, resource scarcity, etc. In addition, agri-food value chains also face their own unique vulnerabilities due to the limited shelf life of food and variability in quality and availability of raw materials. There is enough scientific evidence showing that these vulnerabilities may become more pronounced in the future due to the impact of external factors as climate change, increase of global population, shifting of customer demands and dietary habits, market’s volatility, ageing workforce, among other things. In short, agri-food value chains need a paradigm shift to improve the way they source raw materials, manufacture, and market from a global sustainability perspective. Only in this way will we achieve an increasingly competitive and resilient sector.

In this context, the launch of the B-Resilient Project, with its systemic perspective, set an ambitious package of support actions to empower food processing SMEs to become more resilient by means of an optimum use of biomass, and with appropriate digital solutions. The project will focus on maximising usage of available feedstock and its subsequent valorisation of side streams into innovative bio-based ingredients. B-Resilient project is built on a zero-waste and circular concept, improving the competitiveness of food processing SME from an environmentally sustainable perspective.

Concrete support to the ecosystem

The B-Resilient team has foresee in total 1 124 300€ financial support to SMEs and inspiring upskilling contents.

Financial support

Mobility call: 22 laureates * 600€

Acceleration call

Cutoff 1: We have selected 19 unique projects with a grant of €607 679, representing 27 laureates.

Cutoff 2: We have selected 28 unique projects with a grant of €503 421, representing 32 laureates.

Skills hub

The Skills Hub is aimed at supporting European Food Production SMEs in building their resilience. The skills hub is a comprehensive document tool, packed with links to different resources and knowledge on biomass valorisation and zero waste.

The B-Resilient project’s skills hub is a game-changer in the industry, and we are excited to share this tool with you.

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This project has received European funding under Grant Agreement 101074621 of which 1,12 million goes directly to Food Processing SME thanks to the B-Resilient Financial Support to Third Parties Scheme.

Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or EISMEA. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.