14 million euros… This is the amount of financial aid that Arbiom, a company specializing in agritech and foodtech, will receive from the European Union to launch its SYLPLANT project. This should allow you to deploy the production of your sustainable, protein-rich ingredient for the food and feed markets. To this end, the project brings together 17 European partners covering all food value chains (raw material manufacturers, agri-food manufacturers and animal feed producers, as well as distributors).
This grant was awarded by CBE JU, the Cicular Bio-based Europe Joint Undertaking, a public-private partnership between the European Commission and the Bio-Industries Consortium that funds projects aimed at promoting competitive bio-industries in Europe. This will contribute to the construction and launch of Arbiom’s first factory in Péage-du-Roussillon, in Isère. The key: the creation of more than 40 direct jobs.
“ This factory paves the way for the industrial implementation of Arbiom. We will be able to produce 10,000 tons of highly nutritious and sustainable protein ingredients per year. To do this, we use fermentation technology that allows our yeast to multiply. These microorganisms create proteins from carbon sources, sugars from forestry or agriculture (straw, wood waste, etc.) », Explains Marc Chevrel, general manager of Arbiom, which today has 25 employees in Paris and North Carolina.
Strong consumer demand for non-animal proteins
These ingredients will then be used in the manufacture of food intended for animals, for example in cat food. Or they will be used in human food, in the manufacture of meat substitutes or cheeses. The prototypes were tested among consumers and obtained good results, specifies the young company created in 2016. Agri-food groups, some of which are part of the consortium around SYLPLANT, are interested in the approach like the industrial Bel.
“We offer non-animal proteins and this is a strong demand from consumers. It is a very promising market. Furthermore, our food is delicious”, says the manager.
Factory on the Osiris industrial platform
This financing obtained for the SYLPLANT project complements another grant of 12 million euros already acquired from France Relance last October.
Behind this project there is an issue of food security. According to the European Commission, almost 80% of the proteins needed for animal feed in Europe are imported, in particular soy flour or concentrate, widely used in pig farming, aquaculture or for pets. It is therefore useful to develop local alternatives.
” O CBE JU is very proud to co-finance this pioneering project. SYLPLANT is the perfect answer to the question of European food sovereignty. The project contributes to food security and supports the viability of our food system”, said the General Director of CBE JU, Nicoló Giacomuzzi-Moore.
Work on the factory is expected to begin at the end of the year for commissioning in the second half of 2025. The 5,000 m2 commercial unit will be used to supply Europe, but also for international exports. It will be installed on the Osiris industrial platform, in Péage-de-Roussillon.
“We chose this location due to the favorable ecosystem and the diversity of industrial services offered by GIE Osiris, wastewater treatment, steam supply, etc. The geographical location of the site was also a determining element with its proximity to the A7 motorway and the Rhone”, emphasizes Marc Chevrel.