Total and sustainable valorisation of olive pomace using a fractionation approach

Tânia B. Ribeiro, Ana L. Oliveira, Cristina Costa, João Nunes, António A. Vicente, Manuela Pintado*

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Olive pomace management represents a great concern to the olive oil industry. This work focused on the development of a "zero waste" strategy for olive pomace based on a fractionation approach resulting in the obtention of different value-added fractions. The physicochemical composition of edible fractions obtained (liquid and pulp) was analysed. The potential use as a solid biofuel of the non-edible fraction (stones) was evaluated. High amounts of hydroxytyrosol (513.61-625.76 mg/100 g dry weight) were present in the liquid fraction. Pulp fraction was demonstrated to be a good source of fibre (53-59% dry weight) with considerable antioxidant activity both from free and bound phenolics. The stones fraction exhibited substantial high heating values (18.65-18.94 megajoule (MJ/kg). All these results support the added value of the olive pomace fractions combining the biofuel potential from the stones fraction and the functional food ingredients' potential both from liquid and pulp fractions. The present methodology seems to be a feasible whole valorisation approach to achieve the circularity in the olive oil sector, prioritising obtaining high over low added-value products.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6781
JournalApplied Sciences
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2020


  • Food ingredients
  • Fractionation
  • Hydroxytyrosol
  • Olive pomace
  • Solid biofuel
  • Valorisation


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