The Nutribone project aims to verify an new Nofima-developed fish bone processing technology that allow the minerals and proteins (collagens) in the bones to be utilized as sustainable new added-value ingredients.

There are high economic, ethical and environmental gain in developing technologies that allows for improved exploitation of the oceans’ marine resources, and this technology is such an example. This bone processing technology has the potential for opening up new, higher value markets for companies that process fish raw material. By adding the bone mineral ingredient to aquaculture feed, positive results have been documented in studies with regards to pigmentation, nutrient digestibility and growth. Furthermore, the collagen protein ingredient is an attractive ingredient for several higher value markets.

During the project, the processing technology will be optimized to achieve high yield in a sustainable and cost-effective way scalable for industrial applicability.  The positive impacts of these ingredients in salmon feed will be further verified and documented, and the market for the collagen protein ingredient will be investigated.

BTO has performed work to verify market interest and market potential and contributed to a successful FORNY202 application to the Research Council of Norway, where the project has been granted 5 million NOK, starting 1st of August 2017.

BTO will verify customers of the processing technology and their market and cost-benefit, investigate volume requirements, market potential nationally and internationally, advice on IP-strategy, as well as finding relevant sales and distribution channels.

Industry and stakeholders are welcome to contact us.

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