Tetra Pak teams up with startups, tech companies and academia to accelerate innovation for the future of food

Startups, technology companies and cutting-edge universities are teaming up with Tetra Pak to tackle challenges and unlock new opportunities for the food and beverage industry.

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Lausanne, Switzerland, June 28, 2022 / 3BL Media/ – Ahead of the United Nations World Food Safety Day, Tetra Pak has announced its new set of research collaboration programs to accelerate efforts to address the challenges facing food systems around the world. This initiative comes as part of the company’s endeavor to nurture an innovation ecosystem to open up new opportunities in the areas of food availability, safety and sustainability.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the world is in a very different place compared to six years ago, when it committed itself to the goal of eliminating hunger, food insecurity and all forms of malnutrition by 2030. The current reality is that we have not progressed fast enough towards ensuring access to A safe, nutritious and adequate food for all people. For example, more than two billion people did not have access to enough safe and nutritious food in 2020.

“Tetra Pak was an early advocate for forming and strengthening links between academia and the food industry,” says Laurence Mott, Executive Vice President of Development and Technology at Tetra Pak. We have many long-term relationships with universities and research institutions. We’ve also worked with game-changing startups and technology companies to accelerate innovation. Now more than ever this is vital. The challenges of the global food industry are broad and diverse. The only way we can meet these challenges is by pooling our expertise. Only together will we secure a better future in the areas of sustainability, food safety and food availability. I am very happy to see the progress made so far and I will take this opportunity to thank all of our partners.”

In an effort to address challenges related to food and sustainability, Tetra Pak collaborates with entities across countries such as France, the United States, Sweden and Italy, among others, to explore different innovations across the food system. This includes a range of development programs – from exploring new food classes, such as plant foods, to using enzymes that reduce food waste to advancing the movement of insect protein.

“To drive innovation, we need to question the status quo and continue to push our boundaries, working together with external partners who bring new ideas and perspectives to the table,” says Rodrigo Godoy, Vice President of Portfolio Management at Tetra Pak. “At Tetra Pak, we are constantly exploring new concepts and new nutritional ingredients. and new production methods that fall outside our “core” competencies. For example, we have conducted over 300 scans resulting in over 10 pilot projects to research. We encourage startups to come to us with their ideas as well as to join teams across the industry to explore opportunities. We recognize the value of convergence With experts across an ecosystem in food, science, and engineering to help identify new solutions and address challenges intensified by changes in the food supply chain.

Dr. Karim Engelmark Kasimjee, CEO of EnginZyme, said, “The food industry faces many sustainability challenges, particularly the ability to achieve efficient and sustainable production at the same time. The cell-free biomanufacturing that we have devised at EnginZyme can meet this need through its applicability. “The broad spectrum, low production cost, short development timelines, and predictable scalability. Our collaboration with Tetra Pak is an incredibly exciting opportunity – particularly how we explore solutions to unleash the potential of by-products like acidic whey.”

Some of the programs announced today include French innovation platforms in Paris & Partners, Smart Food Paris and Urban Lab, technology startups EnginZyme, NuCaps and Tebrito and leading research universities in Italy and Sweden including the University of Modena, Reggio Emilia (UNIMORE) and Lund University. . For more details on this collaboration as well as other Tetra Pak software, please see our technical document.

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