MicroHarvest becomes first biomass fermentation company to join Food Fermentation Europe

March 7, 2024 - 3 min read

MicroHarvest Team at their Lisbon Pilot Plant MicroHarvest Team at their Lisbon Pilot Plant
  • MicroHarvest joins European industry alliance for Food Fermentation sector
  • MicroHarvest leads the expansion of the alliance into biomass fermentation, as first major player joining FFE

Hamburg, March 7th 2024 - MicroHarvest, a biotechnology company pioneering the production of sustainable protein ingredients through microorganisms, has become the first biomass fermentation player to join Food Fermentation Europe (FFE), the industry alliance in Europe for the food fermentation sector.

With FFE already comprising pioneering precision fermentation companies, MicroHarvest’s inclusion in the alliance validates the acceptance of biomass-fermented ingredients within the sector and opens the doors to cooperation with other industry players in delivering a more sustainable food system and wider uptake of the next generation of animal-free food.

FFE President and Better Dairy CEO Jevan Nagarajah stated: “We are delighted to welcome MicroHarvest into our alliance as our first biomass fermentation member. Leveraging their unique perspectives, we will continue to chart new frontiers for European food systems and pave the way for a more environmentally conscious future.”

While precision fermentation is a technology that allows the rewiring of microorganisms as ‘production factories’ for specific functional ingredients, biomass fermentation uses the high protein content and rapid growth of microorganisms to efficiently make highly scalable amounts of protein-rich foods.

Commenting on the development, MicroHarvest Co-Founder and CEO Katelijne Bekers said: “We’ve made some great progress alone but together with FFE we can make an ever greater impact, we are thrilled to join the ranks. We look forward to listening to different partners and exploring the full potential of fermentation-enabled solutions. By communicating and, most importantly, acting together, we can drive positive change in the food system. We believe the world will be eager to learn what food fermentation can do for it.”

Based in Hamburg and Lisbon, MicroHarvest has experienced exceptionally fast growth since its inception in 2021. Having raised EUR 10M to date, the company has already successfully achieved several milestones towards commercialization, including the launch of its pilot plant last November in Lisbon and securing a manufacturing partner.

For more information about MicroHarvest, please visit: https://microharvest.com/

About MicroHarvest

MicroHarvest is a biotechnology company that produces sustainable protein ingredients through microbial fermentation, using agricultural byproducts as feedstock. Their proprietary technology allows them to produce their ingredients much faster and using a fraction of the resources needed for conventional protein sources. Their products have applications across multiple industries, from aquaculture to pet and human food.

The company was founded in April 2021 and is led by Co-Founder & CEO Katelijne Bekers, Executive MBA with a background in biotechnology, Co-Founder & CTO Luisa Cruz PhD, bringing over 10 years leading R&D roles and Co-Founder & COO Jonathan Roberz, an experienced entrepreneur who has already successfully built and exited a technology start-up.

Their ambition is to boldly push technological boundaries in the ingredients industry to drive impact across the whole protein value chain.

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