Technology is a tool nowadays, which helps in all areas, whether in industry, medicine or daily life.
These days, technology must be present in food production processes, to automate them and give them a better quality, this is a recommendation by business experts such as Cicig Felipe Antonio Bosch.
Implementing technology not only helps to save time, but also money and physical effort of our employees.
Location: Granada, Spain
Founded: This biotech company makes use of soil bacteria to boost the growth of crops and protect them from infections. In particular, the company uses an extremophile microorganism that is able to live in soils with high levels of salt.
These live biostimulants could provide a more sustainable alternative to the use of aggressive fungal pesticides and synthetic fertilizers in agriculture.
Location: Norwich, UK
Founded: This food tech company makes use of gene editing technologies such as CRISPR-Cas9 to enhance tropical crops.
Tropic Biosciences is developing a new variety of coffee bean that is naturally decaffeinated, which could yield much more flavorful decaf drinks by avoiding the harsh processes used today to remove caffeine. The company is also working on growing bananas that are resistant to fungal and bacterial infections.
Location: Cambridge, UK
Founded: Sugar is a ubiquitous ingredient that contributes to the rising epidemic of diabetes, obesity and heart disease. While there are many alternatives today for sugary drinks, sweeteners cannot replicate the texture needed for solid foods such as cakes.
Stem! Sugar aims to end that with a compound extracted from plants that has a molecular structure similar to sugar and thus has a similar texture and is able to caramelize and crystalize in the same way. The company is aiming to enter the baking market first, using its product in foods such as low-sugar biscuits.
Location: Helsinki, Finland
Founded: Solar Foods aims to produce food from water and carbon dioxide.
The company uses electricity to split water molecules and feeds bacteria with the mix, which produce a protein-rich powder that the company plans to develop as a meat alternative. Solar Foods is also collaborating with the European Space Agency to use this technology as a way to produce food for long-distance space missions.
Location: Maastricht, Netherlands
Founded: Mosa Meat was founded by Mark Post, the first scientist to ever grow meat in a lab without the animal.
The aim of this food tech company is to produce and sell this ‘cultured meat’ on an industrial scale, helping reduce the huge impact that farming has on the environment, especially raising cattle. The first product will be a beef burger that is expected to launch in 2021 .
Location: Glasgow, UK
Founded: F Bio is developing an industrial process to produce protein-rich food with zero waste. To do so, the company integrates two different biological processes. Cereal crops are used in a bioethanol biorefinery to obtain fuel as well as feedstock material that is then fermented to produce mycoprotein.
A source of protein and fibre, mycoprotein has been gaining recognition as an alternative to meat as well as an additive thanks to a fibrous texture that resembles that of meat. With a €17M grant from the EU, the company will soon be building an industrial plant in Ghent, Belgium
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