ew technology and innovation is aimed at increasing the availability of healthy food made from barley. That is the objective of the two-year European research project BARLEYboost. "Depending on the end results, our aim in this project is to develop useful new methods for innovation and product development. The objective is to increase profitability in various parts of the industry, while at the same time developing health-promoting products that consumers will want to buy,"
For more information please contact Sveinung Grimsby, coordinator of the BARLEYboost project.
52 million tonnes of barley is produced in the EU every year, but only 0.6 per cent is used for food. Most is used for animal feeds and for producing alcohol.
Nine partners from seven European countries are participating in BARLEYboost. Four industrial companies have received grants totalling 1.13 million Euro to support the 1.5 million Euro budget. The research funding comes from the EU's Framework Programme for Research, which places special emphasis on research that benefits small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). The funding will be used to purchase R&D assistance from three food research institutes in Europe. Together with two large industrial groups and the R&D suppliers, these four SMEs in the project have come up with health-promoting products that consumers will want to buy.