28th April 2022 Product update: newprotein staff writer
Remilk to Build World's Largest Full-scale Precision Fermentation Facility in Denmark
Remilk technology produces dairy-identical milk protein by inserting the gene responsible for the production of milk protein in cows, into yeast cells which are then grown fermentors. The yeast growing rapidly in the fermentors produce real milk proteins, identical to those that cows produce. These proteins can then be used in combination with added vitamins, minerals and non-animal fat and sugars to form a wide range of dairy products.
Following the close of $120 million in Series B funding, Remilk, have announced it will build the world's largest full-scale precision fermentation facility on more than 750,000 square feet of newly acquired land within The Symbiosis project, a pioneering sustainable industrial ecosystem, in Kalundborg, Denmark. This next major milestone demonstrates Remilk's continued leadership in the rapidly developing category by offering consumers animal-free dairy products identical to their traditional counterparts but free of lactose, cholesterol, and hormones, thus severing the dairy supply chain's reliance on animals.
Kalundborg's Symbiosis project is a pioneering industrial ecosystem with transformational economic and environmental results. Within the network, byproducts of one company become resources for another. At present, Symbiosis is a collaborative effort involving more than a dozen visionary public and private companies including industry giants such as Novozymes, Novo Nordisk and Chr. Hansen. At the new facility, Remilk will produce non-animal dairy protein for use in products like cheese, yogurt, and ice cream, in volumes equivalent to that produced by 50,000 cows each year.
Remilk pioneered a yeast-based fermentation process that produces non-animal milk proteins for use in dairy products traditionally made with cow-derived milk proteins. Remilk's protein enables the production of products that are indistinguishable in taste and function from traditional dairy.
After an extensive search, the company selected Kalundborg, Denmark as the site for its first full-scale fermentation facility because of the location's strategic advantage and powerful approach to industrial sustainability, as well as access to a deep pool of local talent and the strategic cooperation and support from the city and the Danish government.
"The Municipality of Kalundborg looks forward to welcoming the international company Remilk. The company's profile fits perfectly into our sustainability profile and with the Biotech City's other participants," said Mayor Martin Damm. "When Remilk's plant for production of non-animal dairy products is completed, it will also be the world's largest precision fermentation facility. I see Remilk's choice of Kalundborg Municipality as a buy-in to our commitment to sustainability, high technology and education and our ability to enter a constructive dialogue with our stakeholders."
"I am very happy to welcome Remilk to Denmark. This investment is a recognition of Denmark's position as a global leader in sustainable food production and innovation," said Anne Hougaard Jensen, director of Invest in Denmark, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark. "Remilk brings important knowledge to Denmark in terms of research and development with food ingredients and dairy products. I am convinced that the opening of Remilk's production facility in Denmark will be an important step towards an even more sustainable future for the food and dairy industry."
Date Published: 28th April 2022
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