Cargill and Renmatix have signed a joint development agreement (JDA) to explore a novel approach for making functional food ingredients from unused plant materials. The two companies will use Renmatix’s Plantrose Process, which is a proprietary, water-based technology, and Cargill’s preferred feedstocks to make highly functional food ingredients.
As part of the JDA, Cargill will also contribute its food applications expertise and market access to better understand the technical and commercial potential of these new ingredients. The process will be tested at Renmatix’s facility in Kennesaw, Ga. Cargill plans to test market the materials with Cargill customers globally.
“The food industry is increasingly turning to plant-based ingredients to deliver a wide variety of benefits, including great taste, functionality, and label-friendly appeal. Upcycling, the process of transforming unused feedstocks into new, higher-value materials, is the next step in creating a more sustainable value chain and generating exciting new product benefits,” said Renmatix CEO Mike Hamilton. “We look forward to working with an industry leader like Cargill to develop new materials that bring these benefits to more food producers.”
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