Givaudan, Bühler and Migros have joined forces to create a new pilot facility for cellular agricultural products, as they look to increase their market share in this growth sector.
Located in The Valley in Kemptthal, Switzerland, the Cultured Food Innovation Hub will serve as a self-sustainable company owned by Swiss multinational businesses Givaudan and Bühler, as well as Switzerland’s largest retail firm Migros.
The new site will offer facilities and knowledge to support other organisations with their cultured meat, fish and seafood, and precision fermentation progress. The Hub will be equipped with a product development laboratory, as well as cell culture and biofermentation capabilities to aid start-up businesses entering the market.
“Cellular agriculture offers a solution in several areas from reducing land use and water, to animal welfare, to the safety and quality of the food chain,” said Bühler’s chief technology officer, Ian Roberts. “The three partners in this new venture are each committed to sustainability as individual companies; the combined effort enables the journey to a more sustainable food system.”
Ian Roberts, Givaudan’s global head of science and technology, taste and wellbeing, added: “Bühler contributes with industry-leading solutions that are used in the scale-up and production of thousands of food products around the world”.
He continued: “Givaudan brings in centuries of experience and knowledge in every aspect of taste, including all kinds of meat alternatives, and deep expertise in biotechnology, to product development; Migros is known for its competence in customer interaction and market cultivation.”
The Cultured Food Innovation Hub will begin operations in 2022.
© FoodBev Media Ltd 2021
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