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The PROLIVE Operating Group is set up to improve the mills' production capacity by improving the oil quality

25.07.2017 | Category: New products and ingredients

Grupo Prolive Rioja New Extraction Technologies, formed by the CRDOP Oil of La Rioja, the CTIC-CITA and the Agricultural Media Section of the Government of La Rioja, will investigate emerging technologies in the extraction of olive oil


Following the formation of the group, the three entities will launch the research project that will be extended over the next two years and will focus on evaluating the application of high voltage electric pulses and ultrasonics in the oil extraction process. The objective is to increase the productive capacity of the oil mill by improving the quality of the oil and optimizing costs.

Only 80 percent of olive oil can be easily extracted. It is the percentage that is located in the cellular vacuoles of the pulp. The remainder is dispersed in the cytoplasm and is difficult to extract. By using the emerging technologies of PEAV and MW in the whipping process, it is intended to cause rupture of the cell walls facilitating the obtaining of oil and the minor components trapped in the tissue of the olive that remains intact.

In this way, emerging techniques can optimize fruit yields during the processing process, as well as improve the physiochemical, nutritional and sensorial quality of the oil, since it also favors the extraction of minor components, such as polyphenols or tocopherols, others.

European call

The objectives of the project are aligned with the objectives of the European Innovation Association (AEI) (Art 55 of theEuropean Innovation Partnerships) focused on facilitating the exchange of experiences and good practices in the sector by promoting more economically viable, sustainable and environmentally friendly agricultural production.

The proposal to create the Operational Group formed by the CRDOP Oil of La Rioja, the CTIC-CITA and the Section of Management of Agrarian Means is part of the call for aid for the creation of AEI operating groups in productivity and sustainability agrarian

The formation of the operational group has been co-financed by EAFRD, Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and Environment and Government of La Rioja. The objectives of the project are in line with those of the European Agricultural Partnership for Agricultural Innovation (EIP-AGRI), which focus on facilitating the exchange of experiences and best practices in the sector by promoting agricultural production more economically viable, sustainable and respectful of the environment.

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