GLOBAL June 2020
 
Bühler partners Big Idea Ventures to accelerate sustainable protein revolution
 
Two big names in the food industry, Bühler and Big Idea Ventures are joining forces to accelerate investments in promising start-ups, with the ultimate goal of creating great tasting alternatives to animal derived protein products.
Global venture capital fund, Big Idea Ventures has recently launched the New Protein Fund which will invest in and accelerate up to 100 plant-based and cell-based companies globally. Big Idea Ventures currently runs 4 accelerator programs annually in New York and Singapore.
Andrew D. Ive, Founder of Big Idea Ventures said, “We are glad to have Bühler join Tyson Ventures, Temasek and our other strategic investors in the Big Idea Venture’s New Protein Fund. Together we can support the growth of the new generation of leading plant-based companies in North America, Asia and ultimately, the Planet. Bühler and Big Idea Ventures will work together to build great companies responding to consumer demands for great tasting food that is good for them and good for the Planet.”
Bühler is a family owned, 160-year-old company, supplying processing solutions globally and playing a critical role in global food value chains. “Providing safe, nutritious, pleasurable and affordable food to a population of 10 billion people by 2050 and doing that within the planetary boundaries is a formidable challenge,” said Ian Roberts, CTO of Bühler. “There is an urgent need for wide scale collaboration if we are to make an impact on the climate and nutrition challenges within the next decade. Academics, start-ups, and established companies need to come together to innovate and find more sustainable ways to produce food. This is why we are partnering with Big Idea Ventures: to accelerate the journey for promising start-ups, to reinforce partnership and start-up ecosystems in Singapore and the US, and to do this with a clear focus on creating a more sustainable food supply for the future.” Bühler plays a key role in serving the fast-growing plant-based meat and dairy replacements sector, with value chain coverage from primary processing of pulses, peas and lentils, soy, oats, quinoa and, of course, traditional grains, through to the shaping, forming, texturing, fibre formation and cooling of meat analogues, be they dry or high moisture. “This new partnership benefits from our global network of Food Application Centres across Europe, Asia and the US”, said Johannes Wick, CEO of Bühler Grain and Foods. “However, it is particularly timely, given that we are opening our Food Application Centre in Minneapolis this week and introduce new technologies such as the Filtrex solution, specifically for this sector and will open our joint innovation facility with Givaudan in Singapore later this year.”
The new Food Application Centre in Minneapolis, US provides a platform for developing new ways to transform peas, beans, corn, pulses, oats, ancient grains, and many other crops into new food solutions such as flours, snacks, pasta, cereals, and a myriad of extruded products, including plant-based meat analogs.
The joint Givaudan Bühler innovation facility in Singapore focuses on sustainable protein–based products. Combining the flavor and formulation know-how of Givaudan with the process know-how and technological capabilities of Bühler, it provides a one-stop shop for development and first scale up of new products for market test.
“We will be pleased to welcome Big Idea Ventures start-ups to benefit from our facilities and capabilities,” added Ian. “We are excited about this partnership and believe that we can advance our goals for a sustainable food system with Andrew and his team.”
 
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