The Bioresource Processing Alliance (BPA) provides industry with access to scientists and engineers, who look for ways to add value to low value biological by-products of primary industry processing. From consultancy, research and development through to pilot plant trials and commercialisation, the BPA will align the appropriate research team with each project to achieve maximum efficiency in product deployment. We co-fund these R&D projects with industry using raw materials derived from forestry, marine, agricultural, horticultural, animal and microbiological streams.
If you’re unsure who to work with, we can source particular expertise and once we know what you need, a project proposal is written by the lead researcher, approved by you and submitted to the BPA on your behalf. Proposals can involve multiple research organisations, depending on what expertise and equipment is required. Once the proposal is submitted, it is reviewed by a small team of science leaders, which makes a recommendation to the BPA Board who then makes the final decision.
New Zealand King Salmon was looking for ways to convert its salmon by-products into higher value products and as such, launched a pet food range called Omega Plus. The natural pet food contains salmon oil, few preservatives and is high in omega-3 fatty acids and protein. The Omega plus team worked with scientists from Massey University and AgResearch via the BPA to figure out the right combination of ingredients for optimum palatability for cats and dogs.
Avocado grower Ovāvo was keen to convert its process grade fruit into a new product and worked with the researchers at Callaghan Innovation and Massey University to develop a freeze-dried avocado powder. The product has health benefits as well as a range of functional benefits including being a substitute for animal fats, enhanced mouth feel and improving processing pf products such as ice cream.
Forestry processing company Nature’s Flame worked with Scion on wood pellet production from forestry by-products. Nature’s Flame currently supplies Fonterra with wood pellets for a number of their boilers – replacing coal in the process.
Auckland food processing company Ecostock worked with Scion to conduct trials on an anaerobic digestion (AD) pilot plant. The pilot plant was ultimately moved to Ecostock’s partner company Ecogas and is being used to ascertain how quickly food waste can be added, with the end products being biogas and digestate. Scion is currently working with Ecogas on new research on AD opportunities.