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Press release of the third online meeting

The third online meeting of the project (Skype meeting) of the Research Project INNO.TRITION – “Innovative use of olive, winery and cheese waste by products in animal nutrition for the production of functional foods from animals” was successfully completed on February 17 2021.

The meeting was attended by all partners, the Chamber of Arta as Lead Partner, the Department of Agriculture of the University of Ioannina in Arta, the Aldo Moro University of Bari, Italy and the National Research Council – Institute of Food Science – ISPA, ascertaining the progress of the implementation of the Project. The Project Officer Mrs. Pierri Chrysa as well as the representative from the Joint Secretariat Mrs. Nikou Chrysoula also participated in the meeting.

Mrs. Athanasia Diamantopoulou (Project Manager) opened the meeting by welcoming the partners and focusing on the problems caused by the coronavirus crisis, while she continued with the presentation of the advance of the project. Then, the project team presented the results of their experimental tests with special reference to the development of special products of high nutritional value, their pilot use in the production of productive animals, the methodologies adopted for their production, and the way they have contributed to the implementation of the project so far. Finally, a sample of the business plan was presented and reference was made to the creation of the online platform whereby the interested parties can contribute to the implementation of the project.

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EU co-funded project INNO.TRITION launches its Cross-border network platform for matching organic wastes supply with demand

The INNO.TRITION Project (“Innovative use of Olive, Winery and Cheese Waste by products in animal nutrition for the production of functional foods for animals”, April 2019 – September 2021), co-funded by the Interreg V-A Greece-Italy Programme 2014-2020, by European Union, thought the European Regional Development Fund (E.R.D.F.) and by the National Funds Greece and Italy, with a total budget of 602,725.25 Euro, has launched its Cross-border network platform for matching organic wastes supply with demand on a dedicated website (https://app.interreginnotrition.eu).

Based on multiple innovative technologies, the platform has been built as a virtual place in a modular, open-source, and extensible manner to ensure that food by-products offers and the relevant requests of cheap fermentable nutrients are matched for feed production, such as the ensiling.

After the virtual agreement based on an already active offer and therefore the acquisition of specific items and quantities is achieved, the users may arrange the physical transfer and processing of food by-products.

Potential users of this platform are amongst others food industries producing high amounts of organic wastes (e.g. mills, wineries, dairies), and farmers that produce wastes with a potential content of bioactive compounds (polyphenols, fibers, etc.). Animal production companies (livestock, sheep, pigs, poultry) may benefit by using the ingredients offered in the INNO.TRITION platform in “functional” feeds production at their farm.

Become a part of the INNO.TRITION Cross-border network platform!

The INNO.TRITION partners: Chamber of Arta as Lead Partner, University of Ioannina–Department of Agriculture, University Aldo Moro of Bari and National Research Council, Institute of Sciences of Food Production (CNR-ISPA) look forward to strengthen the platform and its continuity by involving external parties (e.g. food industries, animal production companies). All stakeholders are invited to test the platform and be part of it!

To browse the platform please visit the link https://app.interreginnotrition.eu.

Champer of Arta contact point: Nancy Diamantopoulou, K.Aitolou & N.Priovolou 47100 ARTA, GREECE e-mail: innotrition@e-artas.gr +302681028728

CNR-ISPA contact point: Angela Cardinali Via Amendola 122/O, 70126 BARI, ITALY e-mail angela.cardinali@ispa.cnr.it +390805929303

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Press release of the project INNO.TRITION “Production of animal products using agricultural industry waste”

The 2nd online meeting (Skype Meeting) of the Inno.Trition Project – “Innovative use of olive, winery and cheese waste by products in animal nutrition for the production of functional foods from animals” was successfully completed on 19 May 2020. The meeting was attended by all partners of the Project (the Arta Chamber as Lead Partner, the Department of Agriculture of the University of Ioannina, the University of Aldo Moro of Bari and the National Council of Research -Institute of Sciences of Food Production. The Coordinator of the Joint Secretariat Mr. Gadaletta, the Project Officer Ms Pierri and the Info Point Officer Ms. Nikou also participated in the meeting.

Ms. Nancy Diamantopoulou, the Project Manager of the project opened the skype meeting with a welcome speech, focusing on the recent health crisis and a brief presentation of the project implementation so far. The project team presented the activities, with special reference to product development and pilot application in animals, in which the research institutes presented the methodologies adopted and the way in which they have contributed to the implementation of the project so far.

More specifically, the Department of Agriculture of the University of Ioannina has completed the production of the silage using three raw materials by olive mill wastewater, grape pomace raw material and de-proteinised Greek feta cheese whey plus corn. A detailed description was presented analyzing the composition of each material and of the final product, the preparation methodology for the production of the mixed agrowaste silage finalizing the optimization process of the composition of the 3-types waste in order to produce the final silage mixture which will be used for the in vivo experiments. It also presented the chemical profile of the relevant products used and the results of the relevant analysis. The University of Bari has performed 2 trials regarding the production of silages with similar agrowaste products in cooperation with the National Research Council – Institute of Food Production Science ISPA, while presenting the silage preparation process by phase to phase procedure. They have made a selection of the optimum ensilage using olive mill waste water, cheese whey, grape pomace and wheat straw working with a scale filtration unit. The extraction of bio phenols has been characterized and the phenolic composition was presented too, setting up the two experimental silage trials. The National Research Council – Institute of Food Production Science, ISPA proceeded with the presentation of the analysis that has been performed concerning the silage trials in 4 different levels, as well as the relevant results. The Chamber of Arta finally proceeded with a presentation of the platform that is under construction as well as its scope. The platform is an online application of cooperation between producers in the field of wine, olive oil and cheese production who are interested in disposing of waste in the production process, but also breeders who are interested in receiving this waste. The presentation analyzed the proposed user registration and acceptance processes on the platform, the workflow procedures for users, user collaboration frameworks and the platform’s statistics collection environment. All partners had power point presentations and the progress of the programme was obvious to the attenders.

The main objective of the INNO.TRITION Project is to produce higher quality products using low cost ingredients (from waste) in an innovative way thus rendering the local agro-industry more competitive. The INNO.TRITION project is going to last 24 months and is co-financed by the INTERREG Greece-Italy VA 2014-2020 program, through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the National Resources of Greece and Italy, with a total budget of 602,725.25 euros.

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PRESS RELEASE – Kick off Meeting of INNO.TRITION Project

The Kick off meeting of the INNO.TRITION project was successfully organized by the Chamber of Arta on Monday and Tuesday 13 th & 14 th of May 2019, at the premises of the Chamber.

The project is co-funded by the European Territorial Co-operation Program Greece-Italy 2014-2020 and aims at the innovative use of olive, winery and cheese waste by products in animal nutrition for the production of functional foods from animals – “Innovative use of olive oil, winery and cheese waste by products in animal nutrition for the production of functional foods from animals”.

The event was attended by representatives of all the partners of the project, in particular the President of the Arta Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Ioannis Golomazos, the Financial Supervisor Mr. Dimitris Tromboukis, the Director of the Advisory Support of Businesses Mr. Vasileios Magoutis, the Special Advisor Mrs Christina Manifafa and other partners, the Info Point Officer, Interreg V-A Greece-Italy Joint Secretariat Mrs Chrysoula Nikou, the Professors of the University of Ioannina – Department of Agriculture Ioannis Skoufos, Athena Tzora and Eleftherios Bonos, and Georgios Maglaras member of EDIP, Professor Angela Gabriella D ‘Allesandro from Aldo Moro University of Bari and the researcher Angela Cardinalli from the National Research Council-Institute of Sciences of Food Production (ISPA) who are partners of the project.

The participants discussed in detail the actions and the deliverables of the project, as well as the methodology to be followed by all, so that the project can be implemented smoothly and within the specific timeframes and targets.

The Minister of Public Order and Citizen Protection Olga Gerovasili, who was attending in a parallel event at the Chamber’s Conference Center welcomed the participants and wished to have a successful implementation of the project.

The second day of the meeting was also attended by the Interreg Greece-Italy Coordinator of Joint Secretariat, Prof. Gianfranco Gadaleta, and Prof. Giuseppe Gargano, the Administrator of the project INNO.TRITION, , who promised to support all the partners and especially the LB (Chamber of Arta) in order to resolve any issues that will come up during the implementation of the project.

In his greeting, the President of the Chamber of Arta, Mr. Ioannis Golomazos, welcomed the Italian partners and invited them to visit the ancient and Byzantine monuments of the area and try the local products of Arta. In addition, Mr. Ioannis Golomazos offered them a basket of products of the prefecture of Arta.

Mr. Gkolomazos emphasized that the region has the need of projects such as INNO.TRITION, pointing out that adopting innovative practices in both the primary sector and the manufacturing sector would enable businesses to become more competitive and extroverted.

“As the Chamber’s Management, we believe in the exploitation of the knowledge gained by the research community and the integration of research results into the agricultural production, as well as the application of innovative practices on how the products are processed, distributed and displayed, and we will support every effort in this direction,” Mr. Golomazos said, and expressed his satisfaction that Universities with such great experience in similar projects, participate in the project.

The INNO.TRITION project faces the common challenge of using agro-industry wastes of massively produced products such as Olive, Winery and Cheese by products, in both Greece and Italy, in animal nutrition for the production of bioactive feed ingredients and functional foods with a sustainable and eco-friendly way. The main objective of the project is to produce higher quality feeds using low-cost (waste) components in an innovative way, making the local agro-industry more competitive and preserving the environment by reducing agro-industry wastes of the industries involved.

The partners had the opportunity to taste local dishes during the dinner that was organized by the Chamber of Arta. On the second day they visited archeological sights such as the small theater of Ancient Amvrakia and the Byzantine churches of Panagia Paregoritissa as well as Agia Theodora.

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Organisation of INNO.TRITION Skype Meeting

The 1st Skype Meeting of the Project INNO.TRITION took place on the 19th of December 2019. The meeting was attended by representatives of all beneficiaries. The proper implementation of the Project’s work has been identified, with a view to achieving the main objective of produce higher quality products, using low cost ingredients (from waste), in an innovative way thus rendering the local agro-industry more competitive and on the other hand, preserving the environmental by reducing agro-industry wastes of the industries involved. In particular, the meeting provided a detailed description of all the methodologies used to create the silage from olive leaves, olive oil, grape and cheese waste. The final product will be evaluated qualitatively and will be tested in animals (broilers, laying hens, pigs, sheep and goats), checking the possible role in growth parameters, zootechnical parameters and meat quality aspects.

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Organisation of kick off meeting for INNO.TRITION project, co-funded by “Interreg V-A Greece-Italy V-A Programme 2014-2020″

The Chamber of Arta organized  on Monday 13-14 May 2019 the INNO.TRITION kick off meeting in its premises, with the participation of all partners, the University of Ioannina, as well as the two Italian partners, the University Aldo Moro of Bari and the National Research Council- Institute of Sciences of Food Production (ISPA). The meeting focused on the purpose, the specific objectives and the expected results of the Project, as well as on each beneficiary’s role in it. The timetable and the Procurement Plans were also thoroughly discussed, as well as, the Project’s Communication Strategy. A detailed presentation of Working Packages and their activities was included, with specific reference to WP3 (Product development and pilot application in animals), on which research institutions (PB2, PB3, PB4) gave a presentation on the procedure to be followed for product creation and how they are going to contribute to the development of a common methodology. The second day of the kick – off meeting, the representatives of the MA provided useful guidelines for the Project implementation and specifically Mr Gargano gave a relevant presentation. The meeting ended with the representatives of the Chamber thanking all beneficiaries and inviting them to visit the prefecture of Arta in the future.

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