Agrimax will develop two pilot processing plants and use them to demonstrate the technical and commercial feasibility of extracting high-value compounds from agricultural and food processing waste.By applying them sequentially, Agrimax will produce a cascade of bio-based compounds with high-value applications, such as:

  • Packaging (bio-polymers, bio-composites, bio-based coatings, active packaging, stabilising agents)
  • Food (additives, ingredients, natural flavourings, edible coatings, microbial growth media)
  • Agricultural Materials (biodegradable pots, mulching films, bio-fertilisers).

By reducing waste and our dependence on fossil-fuels, Agrimax will help to maximise the EU’s sustainability, while creating new growth and jobs.


Agrimax will apply a range of processing technologies, to recover a significant amount of the valuable compounds contained in waste from the growing and processing of cereals, olives, potatoes and tomatoes. These technologies will include: ultrasound-assisted extraction; solvent extraction; filtration; and thermal and enzymatic treatments.
Agrimax will construct two pilot processing plants, in Italy and Spain, capable of processing waste from all four selected crops (cereals, olives, potatoes and tomatoes).  Local agricultural cooperatives will provide waste for processing and their contributions will be coordinated with the help of an online platform. End users will test the new, bio-based compounds products to validate their cost effectiveness and performance. The project will assess the environmental, societal, ethical, safety, and regulatory implications of this approach.  It will also develop economically competitive business strategies for the commercialisation of these products, possibly using cooperatively run processing facilities.

Agrimax: multiple high-value products from crop and food-processing waste

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Mapping and characterization of the available agricultural and food processing waste

 WP1 – Inventory and Specifications of the waste processing & derived biocompounds

Design of the pilot plant and implementation of the cascading approach

WP2 – Set up of the flexible pilot plants for processing waste-derived biocompounds
WP3 – Processing of wastes into high added value biocompounds

Real world validation of the new products

WP4 – Validation and demonstration for packaging materials applications
WP5 – Validation and demonstration for food products
WP6 – Validation and demonstration for agricultural applications

Evaluation of the sustainability of the process

WP7 – Safety, Environmental and economic Sustainability assessment of the developed processes & products

Business strategy elaboration

WP8 – Circular Economy strategy and Innovation Impacts

Consortium Management

WP9 – Consortium Management

The Agrimax Pilot Biorefineries will be soon accessible for co-operative use through a web based platform. Follow us if you are interested in converting your wastes or testing our products!

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Bio-Based Industries

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 720719

Project Coordinator

Gianluca Belotti - IRIS

Emma Needham – BioVale


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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. 720719.