InnovProtein EU – IPIFF, EABA and COFALEC joint coalition
The International Platform of Insects for Food and Feed (IPIFF)
IPIFF is an EU non-profit organisation which represents the interests of the insect production sector towards EU policymakers, European stakeholders and citizens. IPIFF main mission is to promote, inform and support the wider use of insects as a complementary source of protein for human consumption and animal feed by centring its activities around advocating for appropriate EU legislative frameworks to apply to insect production.
The European Algae Biomass Association (EABA)
The general objective of the European Algae Biomass Association (EABA) is to promote mutual interchange and cooperation in the field of biomass production and use, including biofuels uses and all other utilisations. It aims at creating, developing and maintaining solidarity and links between its Members and at defending their interests at European and international level. Its main target is to act as a catalyst for fostering synergies among scientists, industrialists and decision makers in order to promote the development of research, technology and industrial capacities in the field of Algae.
The Confederation of European Yeast Producers (COFALEC)
COFALEC is the confederation of yeast producers that represents the EU yeast industry in Europe. With 33 factories scattered through the European Union, one million tons of yeast produce each year and more than 30% of the production exported outside Europe, the yeast industry is an important player of the European food industry.
Yeast is a natural living micro-organism used in traditional fermented products (bread, wine, beer) and more recently in human and animal health (probiotics).
Main missions of InnovProtein EU
Following the joint presentation addressed during the IPIFF Annual Conference on the 1st December 2021, IPIFF, EABA and COFALEC have decided to delineate a joint roadmap on common interests and objectives. Innovprotein EU shares the ‘common aim’ of supporting the overall objectives of ‘EU Farm to Fork Strategy’ and the transition towards more sustainable EU food supply chains.
In order to achieve the above goal, InnovProtein EU will work on these ‘areas for collaboration’:
– Support the development of respective sectors represented by EABA, COFALEC and IPIFF (e.g. novel food authorisations, authorisation for using algae, yeast and insects in organic production and recognition of these respective sectors as part of the future EU Promotion Policy) through EU policy and regulatory monitoring/information sharing activities;
– Further explore nutritional and environmental potential and/or benefits of the sectors via appropriate R&D efforts;
– Development of joint communication activities, through raising awareness campaigns and/or ‘promotional efforts’.