Valorisation of innovative bio-economical potentials along bio-based food & botanical extract value chains in the Alpine Space

Work package T3: Concept validation

The objective of work package T3 is to implement pilot testing of the eco-innovative business models developed within the previous work package. Under the leadership of the AlpBioEco project partner, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia, discussions with different stakeholders took place in different Alpine regions in order to discuss and further develop the most appropriate eco-innovative business models for selected value chains (apples, herbs and walnuts) - called "Focus Group Workshops". Moreover, business visits were planned in order to practically test the business models within agricultural or food small and medium-sized enterprises producing or processing renewable resources.

AlpBioEco publishes its Best Practice Brochure!

Gluten-free apple flour, walnut spread, or an herbal pacifier – all those bio-based products were developed and tested in the frame of the project AlpBioEco. How could, for example, apple pomace be successfully used to create an innovative and sustainable product? In the last months, AlpBioEco and its project partners tried to answer this question – and many more – by developing business models for innovative bio-based products, and by testing those models. So that is how it came about that apple pomace was turned into gluten-free apple flour, or that the left-overs of the walnut oil production became tasty walnut spread. All of the results of the testing phase are now published in an exclusive Best Practice Brochure available to the public. 

The Best Practice Brochure explains not only how products like the apple flour were developed and how they can possibly enhance the sustainability of the Alpine Space, but also reflects on business and marketing opportunities, and gives suggestions for improvements for each of the presented products. Moreover, it builds the basis for the last period of the AlpBioEco project, which focuses at the development of policy guidelines on how eco-innovation in the Alpine Space can be supported. Eventually, the aim is to be able to transfer the results of the project to other Alpine regions or projects. AlpBioEco thus will give important input on the way from a business-as-usual economy to a more environmentally friendly way of using our local resources.