van den Berg told Food Navigator: “If you go for the dried egg whites that are used in industry, it’s a 10-fold increase per kilogram – 40kg CO₂/kg.
“If you compare this to our process, you can achieve over 95% reduction of CO₂ equivalent. It is an enormous step.”
Commenting on how he would source the spent yeast going forward, van den Berg added: “Once we scale up further and have all the logistics in place – including good collaborations with brewers – it makes more sense to source directly from beer makers.
“As it stands, spent yeast is most commonly mixed with spent grain for animal feed. It is a low value resource, and we plan to upgrade that.”
FUMI is marketing its product to the meat-replacement market, as well as the baking sector.