Village by CA North of France is launching a call for projects “INNOVATE TO DEVELOP PEOPLE DEMAND FOR PLANT-BASED PROTEINS PRODUCTS” with its partners Bonduelle, Sodexo, Université Catholique de Lille, La Voix des Médias, Eurasanté and the Nutrition Health Longevity Cluster (NHL).  This call for projects, the first of its kind in Europe, is supported by IAR, the Bioeconomy Cluster.

Winning start-ups will benefit from exclusive and personalized support by Village by CA and its partners to boost their project and their “go to market”. Their brand will also benefit from the communication actions of Village by CA North of France and its partners on the European scene.




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February 27th May 19th May 19th to June 2nd June 2nd       June 14th       
 Call for projects opens Deadline for submitting applications Start-ups are short-listed  Projects which have been short-listed and selected to be announced Candidates are heard by the panel and winners are announced during Nutrevent



Why plant-based proteins products ?

By 2050, 9 billion people will live on the planet, hence the need to intensify food production. Prospective studies show that food supply challenges will be on proteins rather than on lipids and carbohydrates.

While agriculture is already rich in protein production, animal-based proteins are still often favoured to plant-based proteins.

As a result, the biggest source of protein in the European Union is products of animal origin. 59% of daily protein intake comes from animal products (meat, fish, milk) and 41% from plant sources, more than half of which is wheat (FAOSTAT, 2009). Pulses and soya account for around 3% of daily protein consumption in Europe.

The French consume on average between 85 and 90g of protein per day, of which 60 to 65g are of animal origin*.

It is therefore critical to strike a better balance between animal-based proteins and plant-based proteins in people’s diets.

To achieve this, we must better understand plant-based proteins, innovate their production and processing to facilitate and accelerate consumption. This stake is not only primordial to nourish Humanity, it is also essential for the planet. The environmental impact resulting from the production of these proteins is often much lower than that of animal-based proteins.

* Source: Plant and animal-based proteins: towards a new equilibrium, INRA, April 2016