We enhance the natural protein capacity in plants to sustainably design and produce customized ingredients with the best taste, quality and cost for the rapidly growing alternative protein market.
In 2003, a small team of scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology founded Agrivida, with a vision to harness the power of biotechnology to identify, select, and express in crops the genes responsible for the production of high value enzymes, proteins, and nutritional molecules. The goal was to use broad acre crops like corn as the manufacturing host for these proteins, such that expensive scale up technologies like fermentation bioreactors would not be needed and food and feed could be produced more sustainably for the environment, and at a much lower cost. In the 20 years since then, our team has successfully produced numerous animal proteins in corn and has developed, deregulated, and commercialized feed enzyme products produced from corn, clearly illustrating achievement of their initial goal of making alternative protein production affordable and customizable.
In response to the existential threats of both climate change and global food security, it is a relief to know that the plant-based alternative protein market is here to stay, with a wide range of food options readily available to consumers in most areas of the world.
At the same time however, most of these offerings have yet to achieve the taste experience, nutrition profile or cost of production to both inspire broad consumer adoption and to pencil-out economically for the long term – We refer to this as the feasibility gap that is putting billions of dollars in market value at risk for alternative protein industry participants.
In June 2022, we formed IngredientWerks, comprised of this same scientific team from MIT, to achieve a new and vital mission – close the feasibility gap!
To achieve this mission, we are leveraging our more than 100 years of plant-based alternative protein development experience to provide quality and cost solutions to leading alternative protein food companies. We are targeting improved nutrition and taste profiles through custom crop engineering and dramatically lowering the cost of production and greenhouse gas emissions through crop-based, not fermentation-based alternative protein production infrastructure design.
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