Project Aim

Plenitude aims to increase the availability of sustainable, safe food-grade protein by successfully building and operating a large-scale, first-of-its-kind bio-based value chain to producing safe, food-grade protein from sustainable sources (such as primary grains like wheat), using an integrated biorefinery setup.


Emissions from livestock are a major contributor to rising CO2 levels causing almost 15 per cent of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, the amount of land devoted to food production is a major cause of a loss of biodiversity. Without action, the growing population and consequently increasing demand for food – particularly proteins – the situation is likely to deteriorate. The PLENITUDE project will address this issue by producing food-grade protein sustainably by integrating an aerobic fermentation plant with a conventional first-generation biorefinery. This will help to meet the growing demand for protein without the impact on CO2 emissions or on biodiversity. The process will use sustainable cereal crops as its feedstock. The process will be highly efficient, with zero waste, while producing food-grade protein with a feed conversion ratio superior to current alternatives. BIC member Cargill B.V. (Netherlands) is one of 10 project partners alongside: • 3F BIO Ltd - ENOUGH (United Kingdom) • Bridge 2 Food (Netherlands) • Life Cycle Engineering Srl (Italy) • Wageningen Research (Netherlands) • Lactips (France) • MosaMeat BV (Netherlands) • Vivera BV (Netherlands) • Anglo Beef Processors UK (United Kingdom) • International Flavors & Fragrances IFF BV (Netherlands)

Investment: 16.90 Million
Year of investment / Project duration: 2019
Country(ies) of investment: Netherlands
Region of investment: Zeeland
Employment created: 200+
Bio-based feedstock(s) utilised: Sustainable cereal crops