Antarctic krill is a nearly ideal nutritious raw material due to its high content of health-promoting omega-3 phospholipids (PLs) and proteins that can be converted into a wide range of human consumption products. Its high-quality protein includes all essential amino acids and thus the proteinaceous part of krill processing should be fully used for human consumption. As a major player in the krill fishery, contributes to both a sustainable management and development of knowledge that ensures 100 % utilization of the catch concomitant with an economically vital business model. Rimfrost AS is currently developing new process concepts for eco-friendly and optimum raw material utilization that will be an integral part of a planned state-of-art trawler. In response to the strategic necessities to reduce food waste generated in the EU and to provide novel sustainable protein sources and high value, bioactive products to the market, KrillSOFT will design a novel krill hydrolysis process to be implanted on-board. Through novel software services by machine learning and AI approaches, the process will be continuously analyzed and adjusted to increase overall efficiency and to provide three improved krill products, namely pure krill phospholipid oil, clean shells for further chitin production and a new high-value krill peptide product. The krill peptides will further be tested for bioactivities on metabolic pathways, such as triglyceride levels, energy metabolism, glucose handling and inflammation in vitro and in vivo. By such effects, the krill peptides might be able to interfere with the concerning increase in life-style diseases due to dietary habits and physical inactivity in modern societies. Overall, KrillSOFT will increase the sustainable and efficient use of krill raw material to obtain a safe, high added value food product for human consumption.
Project leader: Inge Alexander Bruheim
Institution: RIMFROST AS
Address: Herøy (Møre og Romsdal)