Puratos has launched Sparkalis to support the development of innovative products, services and ingredients in the food tech sector.
The ingredient manufacturer claims that Sparkalis will be the first global food tech venture in bakery, patisserie and chocolate.
Sparkalis will be a start-up incubator, while also providing direct investments, and will aim to kick-start ideas and accelerate business growth for food tech innovators.
Each supported project will be mentored by a dedicated Puratos specialist in an effort to increase the chances of turning an idea into a concrete success.
The new venture will provide expertise in product development, global scaling of market-ready solutions, support around regulatory requirements and training opportunities, as well as access to Puratos’ Taste Tomorrow consumer behaviour research programme.
Sparkalis will focus on making baked goods healthier and more sustainable, with investments spanning areas including plant-based, fermentation, manufacturing and digitalisation.
“Sparkalis was born out of a deep desire to support inspiring food tech pioneers and build success stories together,” said Filip Arnaut, managing director of Sparkalis and R&D director at Puratos.
“Sparkalis underscores Puratos’ continued commitment to driving innovation to create a healthier and more sustainable ‘foodprint’ around the world.”
Sophie Blum, managing partner at Sparkalis and chief marketing officer at Puratos, added: “Sparkalis is looking for the future changemakers among start-ups in the bakery, patisserie and chocolate sectors.
“Our team of global experts, each with their own professional background, is excited to transform their visions into successful business realities.”
Last year, Puratos announced that it had opened four new African subsidiaries, as it looked to further establish local presence in its key countries.
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