AgriWasteValue - to transform agricultural by-products and residues into bioactive compounds

Project Summary

Description of the project

Despite a difficult economical context these last years in Europe, some sectors like the cosmetic and nutraceutical field are significantly growing. While the European cosmetic sector is estimated at 72 billion €, the nutraceutical sector is also a growing sector as consumers are more concerned about health, population aging and the positive image of natural products. The European food supplement market is expected to increase to 10.3 billion € by 2020. These sectors are characterized by a strong demand from consumers to return to natural products from local resources.

Currently, the majority of natural actives used in cosmetic or nutraceutical formulations are imported to Europe, while a great diversity of resources is present in the North-West Regions [1]. A large amount of residues in covered areas known for their arboriculture and viticulture sectors are not fully exploited for the sourcing of natural actives and are not used.

The aim of the AgriWasteValue project is to transform agricultural residues from the European North-West regions into bioactive compounds in order to use them in key industrial sectors such as the cosmetic and nutraceutical fields and then in a second phase in the energy, chemical and agricultural fields.  

How does the process work?

Innovative and scalable methods such as environmentally-friendly extraction and biochemical treatment will be put in place in order to obtain biosolvants and biobased chemicals.

The project works towards the creation of sustainable value chains and “zero-waste” biobased operations.


  • The production of bioactives via extraction
  • A biochemical treatment (which can also be called fermentation) transforming lignocellulosic fractions into biosolvants and biobased chemicals
  • The final residues will be used in order to produce biogas and fertilizer

The transnational cooperation of the project will open up new ways of recycling residues from the agricultural, viticulture and arboriculture sectors.

The identification and formulation of new cosmetic and nutraceutic products from raw material strengthens the local economy by developing new regional value chains.

[1] especially crossborder regions such as France, Germany, Belgium, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, Ireland and the UK.

Advantages of the project

  • The project creates a sustainable value chain in the agro-industrial sector and enhances the competitiveness of Europe through the complementarity of its activity sectors and its network of SMEs. It is in line with the concept of circular economy and has social, environmental and economic advantages. Thanks to the creation of this new regional value chain, local producers will be able to find alternatives for an economic valorization of their residues with local enterprises/partners. Later, these enterprises will benefit from local resources for the development of their products.

  • Social benefits: new jobs, cross-sector industrial interactions for the regions.

  • Another benefit of the project is that it creates an exchange of know-how with local scientific institutes.

Objectives of the project              

  • The project will increase industrial efficiency and sustainability in natural resources use and enable socio-economic benefits in the targeted sectors.
  • At the end of the project :
    • 5 promising molecules will be created and used by the cosmetic and nutraceutic companies,
    • 10 companies will be involved in the value chain
    • 5 jobs will be created

Budget of the project

  • Global budget : 3.193.157,19€
  • Fund ERDF : 1.744.580,84€

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Project Partners


    38 Avenue du Parc

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  • University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne

    BP 1039 - bat 18 Campus Sciences Exactes et Naturelles

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  • Prüf- und Forschungsinstitut Pirmasens e.V.

    19 Marie-Curie Strasse

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  • Delphy

    65 Agro Business Park

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  • Biomass Valorization association

    146 Chaussée de Namur

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  • Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne

    1 Route Cantonale

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  • Economic Interest Group Eurasanté

    310 Avenue Eugène Avinée

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  • Cosmetic Valley

    1 Place de la Cathédrale

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  • Paris Institute of Technology for Life, Food and Environmental Sciences

    3 rue des Rouges terres

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Name Contact Name Email Country
CELABOR Sébastien Cajot Belgium
University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne Jean-Hugues Renault France
Prüf- und Forschungsinstitut Pirmasens e.V. Patrick Ballmann Germany
Delphy C.A.F. van Oers Netherlands
Biomass Valorization association Bertrand Auquière Belgium
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne Edgard Gnansounou Switzerland
Economic Interest Group Eurasanté Caroline Simoes-Auberger France
Cosmetic Valley Amandine Goubert France


Report on the final event of the project

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The final event of the AgriWasteValue project took place during the Nutrevent 2022 exhibition on 4 October in Nantes (France). This event was marked by the closing conference with the presentation of the complete results and by the holding of a stand, which allowed numerous B2B exchanges with actors of the sectors linked to the project, but mainly from the nutraceutical industry (dedicated exhibition). Read More

Innovative cosmetics from Walloon vineyards

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One of the ambitions of the AgriWasteValue project (Interreg North-West Europe) is to convert vineyard pruning residues into molecules of interest for the cosmetics sector. An ambition shared since 2021 by Anne-Sophie Charle: this entrepreneur has developed her range of cosmetics using natural resources and wine-making by-products from a Walloon vineyard. Read More

Turning pine needles into cosmetics

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Nicolas Blaser had an idea after wandering through the Alpine forests. This entrepreneur, who has 15 years of forestry experience behind him, decided to give a second life to the branches and needles of the conifers of Isère and Savoie (France). With his partner, a pharmacist, they have created a range of 22 phytotherapy, aromatherapy and organic nutrition products from the waste products of the forestry industry. Read More


[Workshop] Le potentiel des extraits naturels issus de coproduits pour les secteurs cosmétique et nutraceutique

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Le projet Agriwastevalue vise à transformer les résidus agricoles des régions du Nord-Ouest de l’Europe en composés bioactifs afin de les utiliser dans des secteurs industriels clés tels que les domaines cosmétique et nutraceutique, puis dans une seconde phase dans les domaines énergétique, chimique et agricole. Le webinaire "Le potentiel des extraits naturels issus de coproduits pour les secteurs cosmétique et nutraceutique" organisé le 18 octobre de 11h à 12h présentera le projet Agriwastevalue ainsi que les études de cas réalisées dans les secteurs cosmétique et nutraceutique. Deux retours d’expérience de sociétés wallonnes actives dans ces 2 secteurs en pleine croissance complèteront le webinaire.
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Final event AgriWasteValue - Valorisation of agricultural residues

, La Cité des Congrès de Nantes, 5 Rue de Valmy, 44041 Nantes, France

After four and a half years, the AgriWasteValue project is coming to an end. The project partners are pleased to invite you to the final event of this agricultural residues valorisation project, which will take place as a hosted event on the 8th edition of Nutrevent, on 4 October 2022, in Nantes (France). Come and discover at the conference the results, tools and partnerships developed during this Interreg NWE Europe project and participate to the Nutrevent exhibition by visiting the AgriWasteValue stand for more interaction with the project partners.
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[Workshop] From residual to recoverable

, PFI, Pirmasens

On September the 15th, PFI organizes a workshop about the valorisation of different biomass residues to produce biobased chemicals and natural extractives in Pirmasens (Germany). The workshop, in German “Vom Reststoff zum Wertstoff”, will start at 9 am and end at 12 pm.   As a part of the event, Dr. Patrick Ballmann, who is responsible for the Agriwastevalue-Project at the PFI, will give an overview about the Agriwastevalue-project and will discuss with the participants of the workshop about the possibilities to use the results from the project for their companies.
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Workshop - Stratégies de valorisation des coproduits agricoles et agro-alimentaires dans un contexte d'économie circulaire

, CELABOR scrl - avenue du Parc 38, 4650 CHAINEUX (Belgique)

Dans le cadre de Circular Wallonia, la Région wallonne organise la Quinzaine de l'Economie Circulaire du 30 mai au 10 juin 2022. A cette occasion, le partenaire du projet AgriWasteValue Celabor vous invite à sa journée thématique le mercredi 8 juin de 9h à 17h et organise un workshop sur le développement de nouveaux ingrédients bioactifs, avec un focus sur leurs potentialités et leurs problématiques. --------- In the framework of Circular Wallonia, the Walloon Region is organising the Circular Economy Fortnight from 30 May to 10 June 2022. On this occasion, the AgriWasteValue project partner Celabor invites you to its thematic day on Wednesday 8 June from 9am to 5pm and organises a workshop on the development of new bioactive ingredients, with a focus on their potential and their difficulties.
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Workshop AgriWasteValue - Composés phénoliques : sourcing innovant & effets santé

, Online

This workshop is organised within the framework of the Interreg Europe North West project - AgriWasteValue - which aims to transform agricultural residues from the North West European regions into bioactive compounds for use in key industrial sectors such as cosmetics and nutraceuticals, and then in a second phase in the energy, chemical and agricultural sectors. Webinar in French, organised by Eurasanté/Clubster NSL
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Lipids and Cosmetics : top innovations & research initiatives (FR)

, Université de Bordeaux Pey-Berland - 35 place Pey-Berland - 33000 Bordeaux

The scientific congress LIPIDS & COSMETICS will take place on 26th and 27th of January 2022 in the heart of one of the most dynamic cities of France : Bordeaux ! Cosmetic Valley, in partnership with the AgriWasteValue project, La Région Nouvelle Aquitaine and ITERG, would be glad to welcome you in Bordeaux on the 26-27 of January 2022 for the third meeting. You will be able to present or discover the latest research initiatives and innovations realized in the fields of lipids, in the wide sense, for cosmetics.
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Workshop AgriWasteValue - Se conformer à la législation sur les coproduits issus de la biomasse : retours d’acteurs

, Online

What are the legislations currently in place for the valorisation of biomass co-products? What are the points of attention during the development of a new product? What are the procedures to follow to develop and market a product? What are the feedbacks from experience? All these questions will be answered on October 12, 2021, from 10:30am to noon, during the webinar workshop organized by ValBiom in the framework of the Interreg NWE project AgriWasteValue, which aims at transforming agricultural residues from the North-Western regions of Europe into bioactive compounds in order to use them in the cosmetic, nutraceutical, energetic, chemical and agricultural fields. Online event, in French.
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Digital map of the project

Are you looking for agricultural by-products and residues in Europe to get your raw material locally? This tool will help you see where, what type and how much of biomass (apple, pear or vine) is available in North-West Europe. The amount of raw material indicated on this map is an estimate. If you need more specific information about the tons of raw material available, do not hesitate to get in touch with the consortium of the project. To use this map, go to

Where to get raw material locally ?

The AgriWasteValue team needs you !

In order to transform agricultural residues from the European North-West regions into bioactive compounds to use them in industrial sectors such as the cosmetic and nutraceutical fields, the AgriWasteValue team develops on its website a digital map that allows, mainly for cosmetics and nutraceutical fields, to see where and how much residues are available in North-West Europe. 

We need information from vineyards and orchards in France, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands to find out what residues from tree pruning can be converted into molecules of interest for use in cosmetics or food supplements. This information enables samples to be collected and the locations and quantities to be listed on a digital map.

If you are a vineyard/orchard owner, please take a few minutes to fill one of these questionnaires: 

If you need help filling in these forms, please contact, and the team will be please to help you and collect your data!

Thank you very much in advance for your help in this project research !


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