Unilever has announced that it will partner with food-tech company Enough (formerly 3F BIO) to bring new plant-based meat products to market.
Enough's technology uses a zero-waste fermentation process to grow protein. Natural fungi are fed with renewable feedstock, such as wheat and corn. This produces Abunda mycoprotein, a complete food ingredient containing all essential amino acids, as well as being high in dietary fiber.
The protein is a fit for Unilever’s meat-alternative brand, The Vegetarian Butcher.
Carla Hilhorst, EVP of R&D for foods and refreshment at Unilever, said, “Plant-based foods is one of Unilever’s fastest growing segments and we’re delighted to partner with Enough to develop more sustainable protein products that are delicious, nutritious and a force for good. We’re excited by the potential that this technology has for future innovations across our portfolio, and we can’t wait to launch more plant-based foods that help people cut down on meat, without compromising on taste.”
Andrew Beasley, commercial director of Enough, said, “Producing vast quantities of healthy and sustainable protein is one of the most urgent global priorities. There’s a rapid transition in the food industry and we are excited with this collaboration with Unilever and The Vegetarian Butcher, which truly supports our aim to create impact and scale.”