Hinoman has conceived a proprietary, eco-friendly cultivation process for plant protein, which enables water savings of up to 90% in comparison to most prominent vegetable protein alternatives such as soy.
Hinoman’s patented technology uses a semi-closed-environment system to control and optimise the Mankai plant, a high-protein strain of duckweed grown in shallow water. In comparison to soy, kale, or spinach, Mankai utilises ten times less water to grow as a crop. This ensures stable and sustainable production for 12 months of the year.
The company was inspired to seek a complete water management solution for its vegetable protein cultivation system as the result of recent climate changes and freshwater shortages in a growing number of regions around the world.
Hinoman vice president of business development Udi Alroy said: “We designed a precise hydroponics cultivation system that can answer water management challenges in a wide range of geographical locations. Hinoman’s proprietary hydroponic cultivation process is fully adjustable and suitable for vast variety of climates. It optimises water usage and is especially applicable to semi-desert areas such as in South California, as well as colder climates.
Hinoman CEO Ron Salpeter added: “Imagine how beneficial it is for growers seeking water management solutions, including fully recyclable water management. The race for alternative protein has just begun, and the winners will be the companies that will provide a vegetal, non-GMO, high-protein ingredient, with maximum proximity to urban centres. Consumers demand high value, sustainable protein, locally or regionally sourced and with proven traceability. Hinoman offers an affordable, comprehensive solution that supports urban cultivation, or cultivation in proximity to food manufacturers.
“Hinoman guarantees the plants will remain pure, clean, uncontaminated and free from pesticides and other non-desired residues. The resulting high-protein vegetable exceeds food safety and food security requirements under the very strictest international standards.”
© FoodBev Media Ltd 2018
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