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Valorisation of under-utilised onion waste and side streams

Project Description

Among vegetables, onion is the second most widely consumed crop, providing a relatively high value raw material for food industries. There are very large quantities of onion waste across current value chain (>6M tons in the Europe) which currently remain under exploited. The substantial amount of waste thus reduces the economic efficiency of the onion supply chain while also increasing the carbon footprint and environmental impact. The efficient food production with total usage of agricultural raw materials offers a wealth of opportunities for developing a smart circular economy. This project aims to develop technical understanding towards valorising onion side-streams using novel process technologies in order to create structuring ingredients such as fibres, bioactive compounds, and natural flavours, with the view to improve sustainability and create economic value for the food sector. The project will be carried out in collaboration with Unilever and Symrise AG.

Funding Notes

• Start date: 1st June 2019
• Funding is for 3 years and 8 months
• The project is funded by the BBSRC Collaborative Training Partnerships (CTP) scheme and will be conducted in collaboration with Unilever and Symrise as the industrial partners.
• The studentship covers a stipend of £18,553 per annum, research costs and tuition fees at UK/EU rate.


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