Synergy between bio-based industry and the feed industry through biorefinery

A.M. Teekens, M.E. Bruins, J.M.N. van Kasteren, W.H. Hendriks, J.P.M. Sanders

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Processing biomass into multi-functional components can contribute to the increasing demand for raw materials for feed and bio-based non-food products. This contribution aims to demonstrate synergy between the bio-based industry and the feed industry through biorefinery of currently used feed ingredients. Illustrating the biorefinery concept, rapeseed was selected as a low priced feed ingredient based on market prices versus crude protein, crude fat and apparent ileal digestible lysine content. In addition it is already used a s an alternative protein source in diets and can b e cultivated in European climate zones. Furthermore, inclusion level of rapeseed meal in pig diet is limited because of its nutritionally ac tive factors. A conceptual process was developed to improve rapeseeds nutritional value and producing other bio-based building blocks simultaneously. Based on the correlation between market prices of feed ingredients and its protein and fat content, the value of refined products was estimated. Finally, a sensitivity analysis, under two profit scenario, shows that the process is economically feasible. This study demonstrates that using biorefinery processes on feed ingredients can improve feed quality. In conjunction, it produces building blocks for a bio-based industry and creates synergy between bio-based and feed industry for more efficient use of biomass.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2603-2612
JournalJournal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • animal nutrition; bio-based builing blocks; economics; protein; rapeseed meal

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