Precision fermentation is one of the hottest trends in food tech this year. The technology allows bold and creative entrepreneurs to develop animal-free versions of cheese, ice-cream, honey, meat, and other well-loved foods.
The key here is that the resulting products are molecularly identical to their animal-based counterparts, rather than being, for example, plant-based alternatives. What’s more, investors love this space. An increasing number of precision-fermentation startups are closing big funding rounds and using the resulting investment to create truly exciting products.
What is precision fermentation?
Precision fermentation allows food scientists to program microorganisms to produce organic molecules such as protein. The process uses microbial hosts as tiny – but extremely efficient – cell factories for creating the desired ingredients.
Significantly, the final products developed from precision fermentation are identical to animal-based ones. This is one of the main reasons why the technology is attracting so much attention.