1.  Enlarged CTC pilot plant will optimally perform innovative process at semi-industrial scale.

2.  Quantified and qualified demonstration at semi-industrial scale of the proposed process and the obtained ingredients. More than 10,000 Kg of residue will be processed. A minimum of 12 different foodstuffs will be tested, some samples of each product, ingredient and proportion will be characterized.

3.  Quantified demonstration of the economical balance of the process and its feasibility.

4.  Al least 50 regional companies belonging to the target sectors will be directly contacted and informed. At least 20 of these companies will participate in workshops. At least 12 of these companies will perform test or demonstration sessions at pilot plant.

5.  At least 60 national or European companiesbelonging to the targeted sectors will be directly contacted and informed. At least20 of these companies will participate in encouraging meetings. At least 4 of these companies will perform test or demonstration sessions at pilot plant.

6.  At least 30 technicians, students, graduates and scientific and technical environment professionals participate in the 3 calls of the scheduled training course.

7.  A powerful and dynamic project website will be created, linked with the beneficiaries's webs and, at least, 5 relevant related websites, updated monthly along project duration and quarterly along a minimum of 5 years after the end of the project, and used as the basic project communication tool. At least, 10000 visits to the project website are expected.

8.  To promote participation in the project and to disseminate the project results, 2 press-meetings, 2 guided visits for journalists and a conference will be held; at least 1 scientific and 1 technical article, 5 press, radio and TV reviews or articles, 6 newsletters and 1 layman’s report will be published (2000 copies); 2 presentations to national or international congresses will be promoted; 4 notice boards will be showed and 3000 brochures will be produced and selectively distributed.

9.  Creation of a network with at least, 3 projects or initiatives related to the LIFECITRUS issues.

10.  Afther the end of the project, communication actions will be promoted, the pilot plant will be operational for further tests and researches.

11.  Individual or cooperation initiatives will be promoted leading to the the replication of the propossed process.

12. Effective project management of the project.


  1. An intensive test programme and a detailed study has been done, as planned in the proposal, using a semi-industrial plant of the proposed process.
  2. CTC pilot plant was enlarged in order to demonstrate de proposed process for the transformation of citrus residues into a valuable by-product, with the incorporation of a high-speed knife cutter.
  3. Throughout the test programme, 6.500 kg residues have been processed and 13 different foodstuffs have been produced (27 samples).
  4. The transformation of citrus residues into a citrus puree for substituting commercial pectins is highly profitable. The application of the new ingredient as natural substitute for pectin generates a new line of industrialization. However, the location of the processing plant is a fundamental factor that may minimise the cost for residues transportation.
  5. Great efforts have been done in order to spread the project know-how to industry operators and foster the replicability of the transformation process. 92 regional companies were contacted: 48 of them process lemon, 53 also process other citrus and non-citrus fruits and 43 produce jams, jellies and/or other foodstuffs. There were also contacted national and international companies: 58 of them process citrus fruits and 61 produce jams, jellies and/or other foodstuffs. After reaching the objectives of contact with 50 regional and 60 national/international companies, beneficiaries continued informing entities aiming to improve the replicability and transferability potential of the project.
  6. 27 tests with 16 different regional companies, 4 tests with 2 national (Spanish) companies of citrus sector and 4 tests with 3 national (Spanish) companies of foodstruffs were developed at the demonstration plant in CTC.
  7. 40 people participated in the courses organized (three editions).
  8. Regarding the dissemination activities, every task planned in the proposal has been carried out. Particularly, the website has reached 10.971 visits from 82 different countries. The conference was successfully organised and had 376 attendees from 17 different countries; moreover, beneficiaries participated in 7 national and international related congresses, while the objective was to participate in 2 congresses. The appearance of the project in media have been also satisfactory, being very helpful for that the two press-meetings and the two guided visits for journalists. The LifeCitrus project appeared in 22 in press, radio and TV. Six semi-annual reports (newsletters) were published in two languages (English and Spanish) and Layman´s report is available with results. A technical article titled “Healthier food through the use of a new natural ingredient obtained during the recovery of citrus by-products” was published in ‘Alimentaria’ magazine (Alimentaria #496).
  9. In regard to networking activities with other project, an intensive work has also been done. The objective of networking with 3 related projects has been achieved by far. Beneficiaries have developed networking activities with 13 Life projects and 2 Erasmus+ projects, among others.
  10. The project has been disseminated continuously to all interested people and the demonstration plant of the process has been open to visits upon request. In the project lifetime, the plant has been visited by 475 people in a total of 38 visits. Once the project is finished, communication actions will be promoted, and the pilot plant will be available for new tests.