Givaudan Eyes Fermentation Biobased Ingredients With The Ginkgo Partnership
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Givaudan, the world’s largest flavor and fragrance company, is now looking to develop more sustainable, bio-based ingredients through fermentation. She is now working with Ginkgo Bioworks, the Boston-based startup expert in cell programming and fermentation, as part of a new multi-year collaboration aimed at producing a series of new sustainable ingredients.
Ginkgo Bioworks has entered into a multi-year partnership with Swiss ingredient giant Givaudan, which will see the two companies develop a series of bio-based products enabling new sustainable fermentation-based ingredients. Givaudan will use Ginkgo’s expertise in programming cells “as easily as we can program computers” as the company seeks to expand its sustainable offerings across multiple industries, from fragrances to F&B and pharmaceutical applications.
“Unlock the Wonders of Nature” with the Ginkgo Platform
Based in Boston, Ginkgo has developed a platform for its customers to enable new biotechnology applications, from industrial chemicals to pharmaceuticals. The startup, which is slated to go public through a SPAC merger with Soaring Eagle Acquisition Corp., has previously partnered with names like Bolt Threads to help improve the efficiency, durability and profitability of its b-silk protein. for clean beauty applications.
With its new collaboration with Givaudan, Ginkgo will accelerate the development of new ingredients. Although few details have been released, Givaudan says it will focus on developing ingredients that are generally “only available in trace amounts in nature.” Using the Ginkgo Fermentation Platform will help produce these ingredients on a much larger scale, in a sustainable and cost effective manner.
“Givaudan has long prided itself on being a leader in innovation,” commented Allison Haitz, Director of Givaudan’s Biotechnology Program.
“This collaboration with Ginkgo Bioworks is the latest example of our commitment to deliver the highest quality natural products to our customers around the world. We are excited to use biology to discover more of nature’s wonders in a sustainable way. “
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More than ingredients?
Givaudan does not rule out extending its partnership with Ginkgo to more bio-based products in the future. In a statement, the company said the current collaboration “will already span multiple programs,” but added there was “the possibility of adding more in the future.”
Jason Kelly, CEO of Ginkgo, said he is currently focusing on “improving [Givaudan’s] range of ingredients used in the development of their products.
“We will be able to help Givaudan turn even the rarest and most complex nature-inspired ingredients into more sustainable products for consumers,” he added. “We believe that biology has the power to enable better, more sustainable products in many industries, from flavors and fragrances to pharmaceuticals and agriculture.”
Demand for sustainable products
In almost every industry, companies are feeling the pressure to step up their sustainable offerings to cater to conscious consumers. A trend primarily driven by millennials and Gen Z, shoppers are spending more than ever on sustainable products, driving everything from resale in fashion to plant-based meat in the food industry to boom.
The latest research from food company Kerry, which involved more than 14,000 consumers in 18 countries, found that nearly half of all shoppers now consider sustainability in their food and drink purchases.
Givaudan’s decision to partner with Ginkgo is likely its response to the growing demand for more sustainable products, and the company has made other significant investments in new ingredients as part of its strategy. In Singapore, the company has partnered with food processing giant Bühler to open a new plant-based food innovation center dedicated to creating new vegan products.
Main image courtesy of Gingko Bioworks.