Protein pressed out of rapeseed. The NapiFeryn BioTech technology.
In the technology developed and patented by NapiFeryn BioTech, protein is obtained from the material left over after pressing oil from rapeseed. Rape seeds contain approximately 20 per cent of high nutritional value protein, yet so far it has not been used as a food component. The NapiFeryn technology now makes it possible to retrieve about half of that protein in the form of an isolate characterised with high quality and functional properties. The company has achieved something globally unique.
Rapeseed protein as an alternative to soybean protein.
The NapiFeryn BioTech technology is based on more up-to-date, safer and more quality-efficient methods than those utilized in soy protein production. The process developed by the two Poles does away with harmful hexane currently used by oilseed industry to extract lipids from oilseeds. Moreover, the conditions in which protein is isolated from rapeseed ensure it is not denatured, or in other words, remains undamaged, so in food formulations it is exhibiting such functional properties like solubility, ability to bind oils and water etc. Because of that we call products of NFB technology: Natural Functional Bioproteins.
Environmentally friendly technology. The significance of the NapiFeryn Biotech development.
The rapeseed protein production method developed by NapiFeryn BioTech opens a way to feed more people without further acceleration of processes harmful to the environment, such as climate change, deforestation and soil desertification. This approach is in concert with one of the priorities set by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
- We cannot feed humanity with animal products in the future
There is no way to ensure that the growing demand for protein and energy is satisfied with animal products in the future: the Earth will not accommodate enough soil for pastures and fields for fodder crops. At present, even as much as 60 per cent of arable land on the planet is used to feed livestock – as pastures or plants grown for feed. Meat production is characterised by considerable waste of calorific value: it takes over 4 kg of grain to obtain 1 kg of pork, and over 7 kg of grain to get 1 kg of beef.
- Animal farming has negative effect on the environment
Animal farming produces more greenhouse gases than transport. It also leads to pollution of water (with waste from livestock breeding) and soil degradation (desertification due to excessive exploitation of pastures and fields). Another negative phenomenon that comes with animal farming is the need for continuous use of antibiotics.
- Rapeseed is a Polish speciality, and local food production is one of the key premises of sustainable farming
A significant part of eco-friendly agriculture is locally grown food. One that does not require shipping over thousands of miles, or turning entire countries into enormous farms providing for other countries, which often entails deforestation and defertilisation of soil. As rapeseed is a Polish speciality, it fits perfectly into the premise of local food production.
Investing in the NapiFeryn BioTech solutions: oil pressing companies and food producers
NapiFeryn BioTech deals with developing a method for obtaining the protein, or the know-how part of the process. The company itself will not manufacture either protein isolates or foods. The scientists will deliver a licensed technology to oil pressing businesses. Protein isolates will be used by food manufacturers, for whom this is going to be a good chance to broaden the range of their products.
Outlooks for further development
The company founders project that rapeseed protein will be available for customers in 4-5 years. This time is needed to adapt the technological process to industrial requirements, which also involves design and commissioning of the first of its kind full scale biorefinery installation based on rapeseed as a source material.
At the initial stage of its development, the company is focused on the domestic market. By implementing the technology for obtaining protein from rapeseed presscake, we will be able to make use of a product that is readily accessible, inexpensive and manufactured locally in Poland. This is particularly important for Polish food producers, as this country has its own, rich sources of rapeseed, while nearly 100 per cent of soy and its derivatives are imported (mainly from Argentina and Paraguay).
The company’s expansion plans also include other countries where rapeseed is produced on large scale, such as France, Germany, the UK, as well as China, India, USA, Canada and Australia.