REiNOVA: A second life for vine by-products
- The project seeks to promote innovation in microenterprises in the agri-food sector in external markets.
REiNOVA is a cross-border cooperation project between Portugal and Spain.
- REiNOVA is a cross-border cooperation project involving five regions of Spain and Portugal with the aim of promoting innovation in micro-enterprises in the agri-food sector. In Castilla y León we participate as project partners: Vitartis, the Food Industry Association of Castilla y León; ITACyL, the Agricultural Technological Institute of Castilla y León; and the Chamber of Commerce of Valladolid.This project supports the selected companies, including Pago de Carraovejas, in the development of products or specific innovation actions aimed at making production processes more efficient, extending the useful life of a product already on the market or designing a new innovative product.
The latter is the case of Pago de Carraovejas and Ambivium Restaurant. The aim is to give a second life to some vine by-products by developing new innovative foods. Vine leaves, inflorescences or tendrils are the raw material on which methods of conservation of plant material are established for the elaboration of these new products.
REiNOVA’s methodology is divided into three phases. The first is the formation of ideas and consists of exploring, with the support of Vitartis, different ways to innovate in companies. The second is the product development phase which, in collaboration with ITACyL, will seek to improve process efficiency and product design. The third is the product testing phase in which, with the help of the Chamber of Commerce, the viability of the product to be presented in different international markets will be tested.Pago de Carraovejas S.L.U. has been a beneficiary of the European Regional Development Fund whose objective is to improve the competitiveness of SMEs and thanks to which it has launched an Internationalization Plan with the aim of improving its competitive positioning abroad during 2018. To this end, it has had the support of the XPANDE Program of the Chamber of Commerce of Valladolid.