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Algae-based disruption in the meat replacement market

San Diego | United States

A new processing technology for algae could provide an effective replacement for meat and thus could be a key entrant in the plant-based protein market.

Triton Algae Innovation aims to produce algae ingredients containing iron-rich molecule called heme that could boost protein and nutrient content of existing food products, and thus could be a replacement for meat.

  • Although there are other plant-based meat alternatives, they are either GMO or have no heme in them

  • As the algae-based ingredient also contains a unique protein present in breast-milk but not available from cow’s milk, Triton’s innovation could be a disruption for the formula industry

  • Triton is aiming to be an ingredient producer rather than a food company

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Fermentation of microalgae to produce heme or other meat-like compounds

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  • Food ingredients
  • Food
  • Health & wellness
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