Adding value to unutilised processing streams and low cost natural materials is a desirable goal to increase returns to the primary sector and capture export dollars for New Zealand.
In a programme funded by FRST which builds on previous successes in this area, the Food & Bio-based Products group at AgResearch is currently undertaking work combining natural biomolecules to create new active ingredients for health and well-being applications.
Protein and biopolymer chemistry and process engineering expertise are being applied to isolate, combine and tune new materials using economically feasible processes. The suitability of the new materials as ingredients in personal care and household applications is being evaluated. Formulation characteristics of lead candidates and their efficacy on hair, skin and nails are being determined to benchmark against existing ingredients and support commercialisation.
AgResearch is also working with New Zealand companies to help them get the best value out of their products on the international stage.