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Announcing the 10 AgriFoodTech startup finalists competing for the USD 100,000 Future Food Asia Award 2022

Bringing back the in-person conference experience this year, Future Food Asia 2022 will host 10 startup finalists from 7-9 June 2022. The conference will enable the startup finalists to present their innovations to leading corporates, influential investors, and innovators, and one will be awarded the US$100,000 Future Food Asia Award.

The 10 finalists are: Ambrosia Bio (Israel), ANPOLY (South Korea), Eden Brew (Australia), Eighth Day Foods (Australia), GreenPod Labs (India), SEPPURE (Singapore), The PlantEat Inc. (South Korea), Wastelink (India), WHOLE (Australia), Zero Cow Factory (India)

Ranging from innovations in smart farming to technologies addressing bottlenecks in the supply chain to new and novel food ingredients and solutions for a circular bio-economy, this year's applicants showed great diversity.

The finalists have been selected after intense assessment by the jury represented by Dr. Ralph Graichen, Senior Director of Human Potential, Food and Consumer Cluster at Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR); Yuchu Zhang, Group R&D Leader, Cargill Protein Asia & Europe; Francesca Kleemans, Managing Director, Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate, Asia; and Isabelle Decitre, Founder and CEO of ID Capital will select the winner of the Future Food Asia Award.

Alongside the US$ 100,000 grand prize, the Future Food Asia 2022 conference will feature two more awards presented by this year's partners.

  • Cargill Food for Good Award for the startup which is innovating new food solutions that do good – for people, product and/or planet.
  • Thai Wah Circular Bio-Economy Prize to one startup that can help repurpose biomass into a useful or valuable product.

Being held at Park Royal on Beach Road on the 7th and 8th of June, and then virtually on the 9th of June, registrations for the event is now open at:

"With this year's cohort of finalists, we see a second generation of entrepreneurs coming to the front stage. Building on the momentum for agrifood tech generated by their predecessors, driven by the same passion and ambition to fix our broken food system, they come up with sharper innovations rooted in market realities. Asia-Pacific is primed to become an innovation powerhouse in agrifood tech, and we could not be happier to have catalyzed it", said Isabelle Decitre, Founder and CEO of ID Capital

Overview of the Future Food Asia 2022 Finalists

Ambrosia Bio (Israel)
Ambrosia Bio offers enzyme-based processing solutions that yield rare sugars such as allulose and tagatose. On top of providing partners and clients with target enzymes and related solutions, we aim to bridge the fiber gap in the food industry by facilitating short-chain fructooligosaccharides (scFOS) / rare short-chain FOS (rscFOS™) production from simple sugars.

ANPOLY (South Korea)
ANPOLY transforms biomass waste into high-value and high-quality advanced material, Cellulose Nano Fiber (CNF), which can be used in the food, cosmetics, pharmaceutical, and packaging industries. Cellustic®, our polymeric material using CNF, can be used to produce biodegradable films with higher material strength and oxygen barrier in comparison to existing biodegradable films.

Eden Brew (Australia)
Eden Brew is creating delicious animal-free, precision-fermented dairy the whole world can enjoy. We emulate the dairy milk sensory experience and nutrition sustainably, with a fraction of the water, land, and carbon footprint compared to animal-dairy and plant-based milks, by producing nature-identical dairy proteins animal-free.

Eight Day Foods (Australia)
Eighth Day Foods has a fully patented, proprietary protein production process that transforms pulses into whole foods without the need for protein isolation or further processing. To demonstrate the potential of their protein production process, we have applied our process to lupins to create a plant-based wholefood alternative to meat and fish analogs, with excellent taste and texture, superior nutrition, and sustainability at a much lower price. These products also boast the cleanest labels in the sector.

GreenPod Labs (India)
GreenPod Labs is developing sustainable solutions to minimize food waste and food losses. We have developed a biotech-based active packaging sachet that activates the defense mechanism within the fruit and vegetable. This, in turn, would slow down the ripening rate and restricts microbial growth of fresh produce using all-natural edible ingredients (FDA GRAS Compliant). It can be adopted at any stage of the fresh produce supply chain at ambient temperature.

SEPPURE (Singapore)
SEPPURE's chemical-resistant nanofiltration membranes offer a sustainable solution by separating chemicals without heat, promising a highly visible ROI of less than 2 years, up to 50% OPEX reduction, and 90% energy and GHG emissions reduction for customers. We decarbonize hard-to-abate industries with sustainable and energy-efficient chemical-resistant nanofiltration technology.

The PlantEat (South Korea)
The PlantEat is developing plant-based chicken and milk products using a proprietary data-driven plant-based food development system called PAMS. Our PAMS can find matching ingredients for alternative foods, and this in-silico system is 10,000 times more efficient in generating formulations than in-situ.

Wastelink (India)
Wastelink transforms food surplus into animal nutrition, generating economic and environmental benefits. Our zero-waste solution not only generates economic profit for our clients but also upholds our motto to promote sustainability. Our circular economy approach ensures that food waste stays with the food chain and valuable resources find a way to get utilized.

Whole (Australia)
WHOLE makes smart processing tech that eliminates waste by producing enhanced plant-based flavors and highly-nutritious whole food ingredients. Our team has developed a remarkable Whole Ingredient Nutrient Extraction (WINX) technology that reduces plant-based ingredients to sub-20 micron particle sizes by bursting the cells in a uniform and efficient way. This has the benefit of significantly enhancing flavors and eliminating waste by utilizing the 'whole' of the input ingredient.

Zero Cow (India)
Zero Cow Factory is reinventing the meaning of the traditional dairy/food industry by producing animal-free milk & dairy food products with the world's first A2 milk protein. With bioengineering of the microbes & precision fermentation, we are developing a technology to reproduce nature's identical milk proteins to craft products that are ethical, safe, delicious, and identical to cow milk without any animal involved.

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