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SME Specific MeasuresQuality of Life and Management of Living Resources

Exploratory Award

Proposal number EXAW-1999-01137

AcronymLYTEX

Proposal titleLycopene and dietetic fibre extraction from tomato wastes using Supercritical

Fluids Technology

AbstractLYCopene, a carotenoid present in tomato peel, has important properties as antioxidant,

nutraceutical food and colouring, having raised great interest for its extraction. Currently,

the extraction process is carried out using organic solvents, which reduces its use as

nutraceutical and in pharmaceutical applications, as well as in the cosmetic and food

industries. To solve this important problem, the project is addressed to define technical

conditions for the application of Supercritical CO2, a process with significative

advantages for the extraction of organic substances. The preparation of the raw material

will also permit the extraction of dietetic fibre derived from the tomato peels. Every

market asks for different characteristics of the products and thus for different extraction

conditions. In this regard, the Exploratory Award is aimed at: Defining the markets:

forecasts, prices and technical characteristics. Defining equipment and suppliers for the

pilot Plant intended to be set up and according to the technical processes to comply with

the markets requirements. Searching for new partners, potentially in the final users

markets, and Establishing the workpackages and tasks for carrying out CRAFT

Project's Phase II The project is expected to positively impact on the following aspects:

Quality of life: obtention of nutraceutic

Key ActionQOL-1.   Key action Food, Nutrition and Health

Start date20/09/2000End date20/09/2001

Intended Step 2 projectCooperative Research (CRAFT)Duration Exploratory Phase7 months

SME CoordinatorMr. Manuel VÁZQUEZ CALLEJACompany size

CONSERVAS VEGETALES DE EXTREMADURA, S.A.

Crta. de Villafranco del Guadiana a Balboa, km. 1500

Apdo. 10032 S1

06195 - Villafranco del Guadiana (Badajoz)

Spain

Phone: 34924448038

Fax: 34924448101

SME Proposer(s)

RIERA NADEU, S.A.SpainS3

TOMATAGROPortugalS3

Profile of partners for joining the project

Business areas15 - Manufacture of food products and beverages

24 - Manufacture of chemicals and chemical products

40 - Electricity, gas, steam and hot water supply

85 - Health and social work

Comments

Last update18/6/2001

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