Mycorena has announced a strategic partnership with Atria Sweden, focusing on the joint development of new mycoprotein products.
Mycorena is a Swedish food-tech company that has developed a proprietary fungal fermentation process to produce its mycoprotein ingredient, Promyc.
As a complete protein offering all nine essential amino acids, mycoprotein provides a sustainable and nutritious alternative to meat proteins. Through its partnership with Atria, Mycorena aims to commercialise a new generation of mycoprotein-based meat alternatives such as sausages, burgers and cold cuts.
Meat producer Atria Sweden is part of the Northern European Atria Group. It produces and sells sausages, hamburgers and cold cuts as well as delicatessen and meal solutions for retail and foodservice.
Under the partnership, Mycorena will scale up production of its mycoprotein and supply it to Atria, which will utilise its innovation and product development capabilities for the development of new meat alternatives.
The new products will complement Atria’s product range and meet growing consumer demand for sustainable protein sources, aiming to ‘revolutionise’ the global mycoprotein supply. The partnership also contributes toward Atria’s goal of a carbon-neutral food chain, aiming to contribute to a varied, ‘climate-smart’ diet with its product development.
Ramkumar Nair, CEO of Mycorena, said: “This partnership marks an important milestone for Mycorena. Atria’s expertise in product development and established customer base will help us accelerate the growth of the mycoprotein category in the European market.”
Åsa Josell, product development and innovation director at Atria Sweden, added: “Mycoprotein is an exciting new Swedish raw material for our product development. The partnership means that we can be pioneers when it comes to offering alternative protein products that are both sustainable, tasty and provide good nutrition without allergens.”
The agreement was signed in May at Mycorena’s headquarters in Gothenberg. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
This year, Mycorena has also partnered with Revo Foods to bring a 3D-printed mycoprotein-based salmon to market, launched last week in European supermarkets. The milestone launch is claimed to be the “world’s first” 3D-printed food product to hit the shelves.
© FoodBev Media Ltd 2023
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