Tetra Pak and Mycorena have announced that the companies will collaborate to build a greenfield production facility for fungi fermentation. The collaboration has the ambitious goal of building a more resilient and sustainable global food system, therefore, the new facility will leverage Mycorena’s innovative fungi fermentation for alternative protein food applications.
Based in Falkenberg, Sweden, the new facility will use fungo to produce a meat replacement product. The first phase of the plant’s production is set to include mince-based products that can be employed as ingredients for making alt meat products. Mycorena, which is quickly growing, also announced plans to scale up its production capacity and extend its geographical reach by opening new factories across Europe and Asia in the near future.
Tetra Pak first took notice of Mycorena back in 2019 and is a key part of the company’s ambition to reach net zero across the value chain by 2050. The fungi fermentation expert Mycorena has recently developed what it claims to be the first mycoprotein-based butter prototype, which could pave the way to alt dairy applications for its mycoprotein platform. The company also recently expanded its facilities making it Europe’s largest mycoprotein demo production facility currently in full operation.
“Fungi fermentation is the future of the food industry and we are proud to be revolutionizing this space. This new fermentation facility is a state-of-the-art production plant, which provides us with a technology blueprint that will be further expanded in Sweden and replicated globally. For such an ambitious journey, Tetra Pak is the ideal partner for us, not only because of their cutting-edge expertise in processing, but we also have a shared ambition to develop a more sustainable food supply chain,” stated Dr. Ramkumar Nair, Founder and CEO, Mycorena.