Development of protein-rich and starch-rich fractions from faba beans for salmon and terrestrial animal production respectively.

Lead Participant: Ewos Limited


UK production of salmon, pigs and poultry is over-reliant on imported soy protein which has significant sustainability and supply concerns. Using air classification (AC) of UK grown faba beans we will develop two new products to partially replace imported soy. AC is a simple, low cost process requiring no addition of water, solvents or heating and will be used to produce bean protein concentrate (BPC, 56% protein and 5% starch) for use in salmon feeds and bean starch concentrate (BSC, 54% starch and 18% protein) for use in pig and poultry feeds. Dietary studies will assess the scope to replace soy by these products in the three animal species described. Bean varieties with improved qualities (higher protein, lower anti nutritional factors, and traits transferred into winter varieties) will be developed to further enhance the economic value of the process.

Lead Participant

Project Cost

Grant Offer

Ewos Limited, LONDON £526,102 £ 64,184


University of St Andrews, United Kingdom £20,001 £ 20,001
University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom £166,313 £ 166,313
The Scottish Crop Research Institute, DUNDEE £212,153 £ 212,153
SRUC, United Kingdom £170,031 £ 170,031
Harbro Limited, Turriff £24,211 £ 9,999
Mowi Scotland Limited, ROSYTH £2,096 £ 1,048
University of Stirling, United Kingdom £195,401 £ 195,401
W.N. Lindsay Limited, EAST LOTHIAN £11,483 £ 5,085
Limagrain UK Limited, MARKET RASEN £275,238 £ 93,966
Biomar Limited, GRANGEMOUTH £507,332 £ 171,600


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