AAK partners Big Idea Ventures to accelerate development of ingredient solutions for alternative meat and dairy products

AAK has announced its plans in investing in Big Idea Ventures’ (BIV) New Protein Fund I to support new and emerging start-up companies developing alternative meat and dairy products, and to create further collaboration opportunities with players in the food industry.

This fund is focused on early-stage ventures within plant- and cell-based meat, seafood, and dairy products, as well as ingredients and technologies that facilitate the growth of these categories.

Andrew D. Ive, founder and general managing partner of Big Idea Ventures, commented: “We’re pleased AAK has joined our corporate partners as an investor in the New Protein Fund as it will allow us to strengthen our reach in both Europe and Asia. AAK’s partnership will provide expertise for ingredients that are vitally important to the production of plant- and cell-based foods being developed by the world’s most promising entrepreneurs.”

Partnering with BIV will give AAK an additional platform to support the fast-growing categories of meat and dairy alternatives. At the end of last year, AAK joined the MISTA innovation platform in San Francisco, the US. In addition, AAK announced its establishment of a Plant-based Foods Global Centre of Excellence in the Netherlands, set to be operational later this year.

Johan Westman, president and CEO of AAK, concluded: “By combining capital and partnership, New Protein Fund I is targeting to build and accelerate future global companies in the plant-based, cell-based, and alternative protein ecosystem. With this investment, AAK gets closer to prospering early-stages businesses who are active within one of our key growth segments. We will also be able to collaborate with other fund partners and investors, including some of the most important industry front-runners in the world.”