Protein Products Derived from Thin Air? An Update
Food and nutrition company Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) has joined forces with Air Protein to support the development of their carbon dioxide-derived protein products. Through gas fermentation technology, Air Protein can convert CO2 into a range of protein rich foods, all from single-celled organisms, offering a sustainable and low cost alt-protein. Earlier in 2023, both companies announced that they entered a Strategic Development Agreement (SDA) to collaborate on research and development as well as build an exclusive large-scale facility for Air Protein’s alt-protein development .
Much of the driving force behind alt-protein is sustainability. Air Protein has taken the idea of sustainability to new heights with a product that is environmentally friendly and not dependent on the use of farmland or excessive resources. While many companies strive to reduce their carbon emissions, Air Protein uses a carbon-negative process, effectively reversing carbon emissions by using CO2 as feedstock. We have closely monitored the alternative protein landscape for the past few years, including Air Protein’s competitors Solein and Deep Branch. The recent partnership with ADM is a significant stamp of approval, poised to encourage other food and CPG companies to follow suit. Investment from private companies, with their vast R&D departments and distribution channels, will undoubtedly play a pivotal role in shaping the future trajectory of companies like Air Protein.