Sep 16, 2022 — This week in industry news, Standing Ovation closed a €12 million (US$11.9 million) Series A funding round to accelerate the development of its process animal-free casein and cheese substitute production. Azelis opened two new food application labs in Morocco and South Africa, and Ohly began construction of its first spray drying tower at its Hamburg site. Meanwhile, Lion New Zealand has reduced its emissions by 10%.
In Brief: Commercial Movers
Food start-up standing ovation develops lactose-free and animal-free cheese and dairy product substitutes, from dairy proteins produced by microbial fermentation. The Series A financing round initially planned for 10 million euros (9.9 million dollars), then increased to 12 million euros (11.9 million dollars), will allow the company to industrialize the production casein and initiate the regulatory process.
Azélis opened two new Food & Nutrition (F&N) application laboratories in Casablanca (Morocco) and Johannesburg (South Africa). Together with the recently inaugurated food applications laboratory in Cairo (Egypt), these new laboratories further strengthen Azelis’ presence in the field of food and nutrition in Africa and allow the team to provide even more support. innovative and technical to customers around the world.Middle East and Africa (MEA) region. Although fully equipped to serve various food segments, these application laboratories will mainly focus on dairy products, fruit preparations, bakery and beverages.
Oh oh has started the construction of its first spray drying tower at its Hamburg site, which will be used to dry the yeast derivatives produced there. While Ohly operates spray dryers at its US facility in Boyceville, Wisconsin (USA), spray drying requirements for yeast derivatives produced by Ohly in Hamburg are currently performed by trusted third-party drying partners . This investment in spray drying capacity to support operations in Hamburg, combined with the continued partnership with existing drying partners, will enhance the reliability of supply for the company’s dry yeast-derived products.
At a Glance: Sustainability Efforts
USDA is investing up to US$2.8 billion in 70 projects under the first pool of the Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities funding opportunity. The investment will triple to more than US$3 billion in pilot projects, creating market opportunities for US products produced using climate-smart production practices. These initial projects will expand markets for climate-smart commodities and leverage the greenhouse gas benefits of producing climate-smart commodities. Applicants submitted over 450 project proposals in this first funding pool, and the strength of the projects identified.
new zealand lion has reduced its carbon emissions by 10%, meeting its carbon reduction commitments as part of its Toitū net carbon zero organization certification. Lion had gone zero carbon in 2021 and is the first and only major beverage company in New Zealand to be zero carbon.
In short: Plant-based
Start-up biotech ingredients Shiru obtained a key patent for its protein discovery platform. The patent outlines Shiru’s unique approach to revealing the elusive “food sequence to function” map. The company uses machine learning algorithms to query a database of tens of millions of naturally occurring non-animal protein sequences for candidate proteins with desired functional characteristics. Selected candidates are then screened via high-throughput strain engineering and protein function assays to identify proteins that can be mass-produced via precision fermentation. Experimental data is fed back into the models to improve the accuracy and efficiency of functional predictions.
lucky has created a series of Minecraft games to celebrate its new burger, which has 30% less saturated fat than a traditional burger and an even higher protein density. Heura City is a fun series of five mini-games highlighting the benefits of plant-based eating, where players find the ingredients to create their high-protein, low-saturated fat plant-based burger.
In Brief: Other Highlights
EIT Food launched two open calls for proposals for impactful and scalable public engagement projects and consumer food research and knowledge. EIT Food is supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), an EU body. EIT Food is looking for organizations to join its new program to identify trends in the food system and create a valuable resource for research and consumer insights. EIT Food invites proposals from individuals, organizations and consortia from Horizon Europe Member States and Associated Countries under five different work packages, including project management, development of monitoring mechanism trends, communication and financial viability.
By Elizabeth Green
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