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



Naturalité & Cosmétique

, Orléans

Consumers are looking for products that are safe for humans and the environment. The market for natural products is growing and the manufacturers in the sector are seeking to innovate in this field. This day will allow you to network on the theme of naturalness by meeting researchers and industrialists around concrete projects. The AgriWasteValue project and some of its results will be presented during this day. More information on
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AgriWasteValue kick-off event - 11 December 2019

, Domaine du Chant d'Eole, Grand Route 58, 7040 Quévy-le-Grand (Belgium)

On Wednesday 11 December 2019, the team of AgriWasteValue invites you to the kick-off event of the project. During this day of presentation of the project and of the first research results, you will also have the opportunity to visit the Chant d'Eole's vineyard, to witness the pruning of the vines and to taste their world famous sparkling wine.
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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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