Right now we need more foods than what we producing today to feed the increasing population which is estimated to be 9 billion in a couple of decades. To meet the global demand in the Food & Agriculture industry, many startups are developing and pioneering products that resonate with today’s mindful consumers.
A lot of startups encompasses novel food products such as insect protein, alternative sugars and meat and much more. There are a bunch of startups that churns out protein bars, pasta and other dishes made from insects.
Does that sound strange? Well, consuming insects has lots of ecological and health benefits. Unlike livestock, raising insect produces fewer greenhouse gas and contains protein, fibre and fatty acids. Interestingly, insects like crickets need 12 times less feed than livestock to produce the same amount of protein.
There are many startups in Europe dedicated to raising insect for consuming purposes. Germany, home to leading food tech startups like HelloFresh and Delivery Hero, is one such country. With the penetration of technology and support system, the country is witnessing some new-gen food startups transforming how food is produced, distributed, sold and consumed.
YFood Labs GmbH (Munich, Germany)
Founded in 2017, YFood has developed a “meal drink” that can be a healthy alternative to junk food for the busy people among us. The meal drinks are priced around €3 for a 500 ml bottle, which would supposedly last you for three to five hours.
The company stated that it has served more than 2 million meals to thousands of people, selling the bottles online and through over 6,000 physical points of sale.q
Jennewein Biotechnologie (Rheinbreitbach, Germany)
Jennewein Biotechnologie is a science-based company in the field of industrial biotechnology. The company manufactures rare functional sugars for a wide range of applications, including nutritional, pharmaceutical and cosmetic products. Founded in 2005, the company aims to focus on the production of sugar molecules with attractive health benefits.
SWARM Protein (Cologne, Germany)
SWARM Protein develops fitness bar with high-quality and sustainable protein from insects. The company develops insect bar ideally for athletes who demand functional and high-quality sports nutrition and who also follow a sustainable lifestyle.
Bug foundation (Osnabrück, Germany)
The company based out of Osnabrück produces sustainable food made out of insects. Bug foundation’s sustainable food consist of foods like burgers that are produced from edible insects manufactured in an eco-friendly manner.
Alvego is a food startup that makes healthy, macroalgae-based foods. The company’s first product called Riff Raff is the world’s first macroalgae Jerky. According to the company, vegan jerky consists of 100% dried sea and land vegetables. It is a handmade clean label product without any artificial additives. It also has high nutrient density improves the structure of the skin.
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