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28th November 2023  Product update: newprotein staff writer

New Whitepaper Offers 10 Clear and Actionable Pathways to Help Alt-protein Producers

In their fifth annual collaboration, Givaudan and the University of California Berkeley have released their latest white paper entitled ‘10 Alternative Protein Pathways: Opportunities for Greater Efficiency’ outlining the key challenges and opportunities for producers on the journey to co-create delicious and nutritious alt-protein products that meet consumer requirements.

Sudhir Joshi, Professor, Board Member, and Product Development Program Coach at the University of California Berkeley, said: “Our findings identified four key areas where producers can focus on improving efficiencies and reducing costs for alternative protein products. These were further divided into specific steps companies can take to mitigate risk, while still making tasty, healthy, and cost-effective products.

The research explores the key challenges the industry faces, such as supply chain issues, resource consumption, production scale-up, and competitive pricing. It also offers ten clear and actionable pathways to help alt-protein producers address these hurdles and maximise efficiency. This includes identifying ingredient combinations that ensure the best quality and value for both food innovators and consumers and outlining ways to optimise the use of energy, water, and other natural resources. The end goal? To enable the industry to create alternative protein experiences that are good for both people and the planet.

Flavio Garofalo, Global Director, Culinary & Plant Attitude, Givaudan, said: “In today's dynamic environment, the key to gaining a competitive edge lies in strategic partnerships. Companies that team up with others to pool their knowledge, expertise and resources will be better placed to spot market opportunities, unlock efficiencies, and scale innovations more quickly. Every year, we join forces with the University of California Berkeley to investigate key topics related to alternative
protein. Why do we do it? Because it helps us look at alternative protein in a more holistic way, which puts us in a better position to support our customers

To bring the insights from its new research to life, Givaudan is also launching a Start-Up Challenge. The company will select five start-ups from around the world to reduce the costs of a standard recipe using the pathways outlined in the white paper, including raw material optimisation, hybrid products, process optimisation, and new technology and innovations.

Givaudan started its alternative protein journey over a decade ago; today their global protein network includes four hubs dedicated to developing holistic alternative and plant-based food experiences.

These hubs enable Givaudan customers to co-create products ensuring they have the right taste, mouthfeel, colour, visual appeal, and nutrition to meet consumer preferences in their markets. They also offer access to an entire ecosystem of experts in plant-based dairy and savoury products, along with specialised products, knowledge, and technical equipment.

Download the "10 Alternative Protein Pathways" white paper here.



Date Published: 28th November 2023

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