Asahi Group Holdings and Embion Technologies have partnered to develop new products from brewing by-products generated by Asahi.
The joint development agreement between Embion and Asahi’s research and development subsidiary, Asahi Quality and Innovations (AQI), aims to contribute to the realisation of a circular economy.
Embion – a spinoff of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne – has developed technology that enables the extraction of highly potent molecules from food and agricultural industry side streams.
“This upcycling contributes to extending our food resources, security of supply and sustainability with a technology that is able to reduce carbon footprint even further than the most sustainable technologies in the market today,” said Georgios Savoglidis, founder and CEO of Embion.
The bioactive ‘super-extracts’ derived from plant and microbial biomass can be used in the development of functional nutrition products.
“Through our partnership with Embion we aim to deliver on accelerating the promotion of sustainability on a global basis,” said Manabu Sami, president and representative director of AQI.
“Future food and supply security demand the use of localised resources while exploring the most advanced fundamental technologies available.”
As part of the partnership, Asahi has invested in Embion’s Series A funding round, which opened last month.
Andreas Weckherlin, chairman of the board at Embion, added: “We are very excited about the strategic cooperation with Asahi. By building strategic alliances like this, we can leverage our platform technology globally and continue our growth trajectory which will be supported by our Series A funding round launched in mid-November.”
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