When we talk about food, technology isn’t the first thing that always comes to our mind. However, over the years, the food industry worldwide has undergone a significant transformation in terms of processing, production, and preservation techniques of various food products.
Now, food-tech is all about filling your plate with cheaper, safer, and fresher alternatives that are environmentally friendly and comparatively more nutritious. In 2021, the food-tech industry largely dabbles in alternative proteins, nanotechnology, microbiology, tissue engineering, etc.
Given Israel’s mastery in innovation and expertise in technology, it’s no surprise that investors globally are now paying attention to the game-changing Israeli food-tech startups that are slowly but surely transforming this billion-dollar industry.
For instance, startups like Amai Proteins are aiming to replace sugar with healthier, sweet proteins. Amai, which means sweet in Japanese, believes that the focus should be on curing the food we eat rather than the various diseases caused by it. This company takes sweet proteins found along the equatorial belt and uses fermentation along with Agile Integrative Computational Protein Design (AI-CPD) to produce proteins that are fit for mass food markets.
Then we have Future Meat Technologies that supplies and produces lab-grown meat. This company focuses on sustainable cultured meat technology where they have completely removed the need to kill chicken, pigs, or lambs for their meat and instead focused on creating lines of healthy animal cells that are GMO-free and grow without any genetic modification. Future Meat Technologies adopts a cost-effective solution focusing on cellular agriculture, which is not only sustainable but also scalable by design.
Ukko, an Israeli biotech startup, has a unique mission to improve people’s lives by combating food allergies and sensitivities. They do so by designing proteins that do not trigger an adverse immune response among people after consumption. Ukko’s technology utilizes the samples from various patients along with machine learning in order to create superior proteins with improved properties that can be used in different food products without causing a negative reaction.
An exciting venture in alternative milk products is the Israeli startup Remilk which offers animal-free dairy products without compromising on texture and taste. This company makes use of the microbial fermentation process, where they reproduce milk proteins that are identical to cow-produced milk. Remilk is curating healthier and safer milk alternatives without any lactose, cholesterol, hormones, and the use of cows!
Talking about alternative dairy, ZeroEgg is another Israeli startup that has proven to be a major game-changer in the egg category. ZeroEgg develops plant-based egg products through a combination of healthy and sustainable plant proteins like soy, chickpea, potato, etc., which feels and tastes like a real egg. Furthermore, they provide this alternative in liquid and powder form, which can be used as a substitute in various recipes like mayonnaise, omelets, pies, and cookies.
While these are just a drop in the ocean of Israeli startups acing the food technologies, it is pretty clear that with innovation like these, Israel has already paved its way in transforming the food-tech industry.
Written by Priyanka Nangalia from our office in Mumbai, India