About us

Flat bread which is a staple traditional product from the Mediterranean Area (MA) with products from several countries (Italy, France, Greece, Malta, Croatia, Jordan, Egypt, Spain, Portugal and Lebanon) has gained a great attention from both consumers and industries in the MA. The concept of the project FLAT BREAD MINE (FBM) is based on exploring new technologies, processing innovation and new reformulations to develop healthy flat bread for the consumers of the MA. FBM has two meanings, which can be understood as two ambitions: 1) establishing a MINE (source) of information to develop a healthier and safer Flat Bread & 2) customizing the formulation to adapt “FB MINE” to each consumer in order to obtain nutritionally enriched breads. FBM considers both gluten and gluten-free breads and aims at developing sustainable and convenient ways to retail and prepare Flat Bread.


O1: To establish a FB database. O2: To develop gluten & gluten-free FB. O3: To develop an innovative low-pressure mixer. O4: To develop an innovative low-pressure oven technology. O5: To develop new FB recipes & processes. O6: To ensure FB safety. O7: To develop sustainable and marketable FB solutions by the LCA (Life Cycle Analysis) and LCC (Life cycle Costing). O8: To ascertain the acceptance of the processes and new products by consumers & industry from the MA.

Impact Pathway

FBM project’s main impacts include: 1) bringing attention to the innovation phase by detecting possible innovation that could yield the know-how or patents; 2) improving the Science & Technology capabilities, the innovation potential, and the competitiveness of the industries taking part of the project; 3) stimulating the leverage effect on private investment as the added-value to develop new equipment and markets; 4) stimulation of the cooperation of the companies of academic partners & technical canters at the national and the Mediterranean area levels; 5) reduction of the commercial risk by making existing research results applicable across the MA and beyond.

The Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area will devise new R&I approaches to improve water availability and sustainable agriculture production in a region heavily distressed by climate change, urbanisation and population growth

The PRIMA programme is an Art.185 initiative supported and funded under Horizon 2020, the European Union’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.