MycoTechnology and IFF to partner on mushroom mycelia innovation for alternative proteins

MycoTechnology and IFF have partnered to co-develop new products for the alternative protein market in Europe

MycoTechnology and IFF have entered a partnership to co-develop alternative proteins and next-generation food and beverage products for the European market. US-based MycoTechnology is one of the world’s leading researchers of mycelia, the “root system” of mushrooms. The new agreement will allow it to capitalise on IFF’s RE-IMAGINE PROTEIN innovation programme and use its advanced capabilities in Brabrand, Denmark, including its culinary design centre, which provides specialised solutions for plant-based foods.

Having already partnered in the US, the new collaboration in Europe reflects the two companies’ shared commitment to partnership and innovation in the service of a better food system.

MycoTechnology harnesses the power of mycelia through a liquid fermentation platform, which it uses to develop novel ingredients. Since its founding in 2013, it has worked with food and beverage companies to create sustainable, nutritious and great-tasting products. IFF is an industry player in food, beverage, health, biosciences and scent. Its Nourish division delivers protein sources and future technologies in plant-based cuisines around the world, driven by insights and market-led innovation. By anticipating and addressing consumer needs, the company supports the industry to create better, tastier, safer, healthier and more sustainable food and beverages.

By combining MycoTechnology’s novel mycelial fermentation platform with IFF’s technical expertise and capabilities, the companies plan to develop new, innovative solutions for food and beverage products throughout Europe.

Alan Hahn, MycoTechnology’s CEO, said: “This is an exciting new level of collaboration. IFF understands the importance of innovation and using it to build a better, more sustainable food system. We’re delighted to embark on a new journey together to create the cutting-edge solutions consumers demand for taste, nutrition, and sustainability.”

“We look forward to collaborating with MycoTechnology on exciting new opportunities in the alternative protein space and beyond,” said Marcus Pesch, vice-president, RE-IMAGINE and RE-MASTER innovation programmes, IFF. “Coupling MycoTechnology’s fermented protein expertise with our RE-IMAGINE PROTEIN innovation programme will expand the already extensive set of solutions we have to offer. As consumer demand for alternative proteins evolves, we look forward to creating tastier, better and more sustainable solutions for our customers.”

The two companies continue to consider new opportunities to expand their partnership. They are currently working together on a project in the Asia-Pacific region, where they foresee greater collaboration in the future.