School: Università degli Studi di Milano
Short description: Spire is an innovative, savory extruded snack made by a blend of rice flour, pea flour and Spirulina
Spire is an innovative, crunchy and savory extruded snack, made by University of Milano, composed by a blend of rice flour, pea flour, Spirulina and salt. The key-ingredient of the snack is Spirulina, a microalga with very peculiar nutritional properties (60% proteins, wide gamma of amino acids and vitamins) and characterized by environmentally-sustainable production process. SpireTeam S.r.l. aims at producing a snack suitable for everyone that contains essential nutrients. The biggest challenge is to let the consumer perceive that he/she is eating not the typical "junk food" chip, but a healthy product, that can be consumed at any moment of the day and without feeling guilty. Particular attention to the environmental impact is also demonstrated by the use of a 100% biodegradable packaging, that guarantee safeguard of the product’s organoleptic characteristics. Spire has an energy value of 135 kcal per unit of sale (40 g), and it has several peculiarities that makes it a unique and healthy product. Spire is a functional product because the 2% spirulina content guarantees an important nutritional intake, and if it were included in a balanced diet, it would have a preventive action on human health. In addition to the presence of iron, calcium, several vitamins and fibers, the protein content is considerably high (20%), while fats are below 2%. Spire is a product that is obtained using an indirect extrusion process.