AAK has joined Mista, an innovation platform focused on the development of sustainable foods, as it aims to accelerate innovation in the plant-based category.
Established by Givaudan, Mista is an initiative that aims to bring together the expertise of larger companies operating in different segments of the value chain, and the agility and fast-paced innovation spirit of start-ups.
The start-ups within the Mista platform include clean meat, plant-based, biotech and technology companies.
“Plant-based foods is not just a trend, rather it is rapidly becoming a mainstream lifestyle choice given its growth trajectory,” said Niall Sands, president plant-based foods at AAK.
“With our speciality oils and fats knowledge and application expertise, we very much look forward to collaborating with the other Mista members to respond to the rapidly changing needs of consumers.”
Scott May, head of Mista, added: “We are excited to welcome AAK as a Mista member and a key contributor to deliver on our purpose to transform the global food system and meet the needs of the future.
“With its global presence and focus on sustainability, AAK will have a significant impact on delivering consumer-preferred solutions that require speciality oils and fats for optimal taste, texture and appearance.”
AAK will join Danone, Mars, and Ingredion – who signed up as founding members of the platform in 2018 – and Chr. Hansen, who joined earlier this year to develop plant-based dairy solutions.
Earlier this year, AAK Kamani, established as a joint venture and now fully owned by AAK, partnered with the Good Food Institute India to accelerate the development of plant-based meat and dairy alternatives.
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