Plant-based meat company Heura has launched a sustainable technology platform that aims to reduce food waste, extract more nutrients from plants and avoid chemical processing.
Called Good Rebel Tech, the new platform exploits intrinsic plant properties to unlock healthier food options using simple, low-energy processes.
The technology enables Heura to “valorise micronutrients naturally present in the starting materials” and “enhance bioavailability when required, as opposed to including them as additive ingredients”. The process reduces the number of physical processes needed during manufacturing and cuts all chemical processing.
Isabel Fernández, science and technology director at Heura, said: “Instead of focusing on extracting and isolating proteins from legume seeds, we are researching ways to leverage the functionality of whole plants in their naturally occurring structures”.
She continued: “By leveraging discoveries in cellular plant physiology, colloids and biopolymer science combined with computational fluid dynamics and engineering techniques, we’ve been able to create a technological platform that rewrites current plant-based food processing rules and leads to new sustainable manufacturing ecosystems.”
Good Rebel Tech will be filing its first patents throughout this year, with aims to cover the production of nutritional plant-based products.
Heura has quadrupled the size of its research and development team and plans to launch up to ten new products in 2022.
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