US – American multinational food processing and commodities trading corporation, Archer-Daniels-Midland (ADM), has formed a strategic partnership with New Culture to accelerate the development and commercialization of alternative dairy products.

New Culture, a leading the global movement toward an animal-free dairy future, offers animal-free dairy products that are indistinguishable from conventional products in taste, texture, function, and nutritional content.

Beginning with its animal-free mozzarella, New Culture makes products that are “better for you, the planet, and food systems” with the power of precision fermentation.

ADM, being one of the global leaders in sustainable human, and animal nutrition, has become among the pioneer in the alternative protein industry and a global leader in fermentation.

Due to the taste and performance gap of plant-based dairy, approximated at US$70bn in the US alone, with cheese taking up 30%, there has been minimal penetration in the animal-free cheese segment with the general public.

It is exactly this gap that partnership will enable joint product development, taking advantage of New Culture’s innovations in novel ingredients and animal-free dairy products to address.

The companies said they will work toward accelerating New Culture’s food service and consumer applications with the support of ADM’s broad portfolio of product development resources and capabilities.

New Culture will also have access to ADM’s full pantry of sustainable and plant-based ingredients and flavors as New Culture expands the use of animal-free casein into a wide range of animal-free dairy applications.

The partnership will also include collaborations to advance the commercial scale-up of New Culture’s animal-free casein and dairy products.

ADM said its global manufacturing assets and expertise will accelerate New Culture’s efforts toward commercializing their animal-free mozzarella in the US foodservice market, beginning with pizzerias in 2023.

 As New Culture grows its commercial footprint, ADM’s production capacity for both fermentation and dairy operations will be made available to meet the demand for its melty, stretchy cheese.

Ian Pinner, ADM’s senior vice president, Strategy and Innovation said: “ADM is a global leader in the fast-growing alternative protein segment, and we’re excited to continue to expand our capabilities, whether through investments like our Decatur production expansion, acquisitions like Sojaprotein, the launch of Scale Up Bio in Singapore, or this exciting new partnership with New Culture,”

“After tasting New Culture’s delicious animal-free mozzarella, we recognized that the company had the potential to play a central role in bringing great-tasting, break-through products to the dairy aisle, and we’re excited to bring our global precision fermentation and manufacturing expertise, and our extensive consumer product application capabilities to this effort. “

Matt Gibson, co-founder and CEO of New Culture commented that this partnership gives New Culture’s team the chance to accelerate the path to commercialization and expand what’s possible for the company’s product portfolio.

Liked this article? Subscribe to Food Business Africa News, our regular email newsletters with the latest news insights from Africa and the World’s food and agro-industry. SUBSCRIBE HERE.