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22nd April 2021  Product update: newprotein staff writer

World’s First Animal-Free Pepsin Launched for Commercial Use

Clara Foods has launched the first ever animal-free, animal pepsin for commercial use. Clara’s pepsin will be distributed by Ingredion, Clara’s exclusive go-to-market partner for North America.

Pepsin was the world’s first enzyme to be discovered nearly 200 years ago and has been used in products from chewing gum to popular stomach remedies. Today it is used as an ingredient in the manufacturing of many modern products consumers ingest daily — and found in the supplement section of almost every pharmacy and grocery store.

Before Clara, pepsin had been almost exclusively sourced from pig stomachs. In fact, a single kilogram of porcine pepsin required more than 100 pigs — until now. Two centuries later, Clara has disrupted the pepsin market. The company’s breakthrough proprietary precision fermentation technology creates an animal-free product with the unique functionality of animal-derived pepsin, with the added benefits of safe and consistent sourcing, quality control, price stability and vastly increased sustainability.

Clara’s animal-free pepsin is being distributed by Ingredion and available to companies globally that source protein at a mass scale. The product retains the same functionality users have relied on for centuries — but provides more consistent product purity, safety and availability when compared to current pepsin supply chain volatility by eliminating common factory shutdowns due to animal disease. The pepsin supply chain has been negatively impacted by periodic outbreaks of swine flu that reduced China’s pig herd by as much as ⅓ or 100 million pigs in 2019.

As the world’s first animal-free pepsin, Clara’s product is also free of antibiotics and hormones. It is vegan, Kosher and Halal. Stable production costs for Clara’s animal-free pepsin are not subject to animal industry woes, including price swings due to supply chain issues. The pricing of Clara’s animal-free pepsin is competitive with current industry offerings.

“Pepsin was the first enzyme to be discovered, and it’s an honor that after 200 years, we can now introduce the world’s first pepsin––made completely animal-free,” said Arturo Elizondo, CEO and co-founder of Clara Foods.

“We’ve been knee-deep in R&D for the last six years building out our technology platform, scaling up, and expanding our product portfolio. Pepsin represents the first of several products coming online, and I could not be more excited. We are creating Food 2.0 and using it to upgrade the food industry, and we’re thrilled to share our breakthrough technology with companies large and small on a global scale.”

Clara’s animal-free pepsin uses a similar technology used to make insulin for diabetics, rennet for cheese-making, and heme for plant-based burgers. This 100% animal-free pepsin is developed by isolating the DNA sequence that encodes for the exact same protein and using fermenters and yeast instead of factory farms and animals to create its final product — the world’s first bioidentical pepsin, made without a single animal. Clara’s fermentation technology platform also only uses a fraction of the water, land and greenhouse gas footprint compared to the current factory farming model.

Those interested in working with Clara or sampling its pepsin for commercial use can connect directly by using the 'Request Information' form below.



Date Published: 22nd April 2021

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