Discover 5 Top Food Tech Startups working with Yeast

Curious about new technological advancements in the food industry? Explore our analysis of 95 global startups & scaleups and learn how their yeast solutions impact your business!

Staying ahead of the technology curve means strengthening your competitive advantage. That is why we give you data-driven innovation insights into the food industry. This time, you get to discover 5 hand-picked Food Tech startups working with Yeast.

Out of 95, the Global Startup Heat Map highlights 5 Top Food Tech Startups working with Yeast

The insights of this data-driven analysis are derived from the Big Data & Artificial Intelligence-powered StartUs Insights Discovery Platform, covering 2 093 000+ startups & scaleups globally. The platform gives you an exhaustive overview of emerging technologies & relevant startups within a specific field in just a few clicks.

The Global Startup Heat Map below reveals the distribution of the 95 exemplary startups & scaleups we analyzed for this research. Further, it highlights 5 startups that we hand-picked based on criteria such as founding year, location, funding raised, and more. You get to explore the solutions of these 5 startups & scaleups in this report. For insights on the other 90 yeast solutions, get in touch.

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Smart Yeast provides Customized Yeasts

Fermentation is a multi-step, iterative process involving numerous interconnected components. It is complex because the interaction between the organism and the fermentation process is highly intricate. The most common problems that arise in clinical brewing include contamination, lack of standardization, and high costs with yeasts. To this end, food tech startups provide customized fermentation services for companies facing challenges in finding the perfect yeast.

Smart Yeast is a Brazilian startup that focuses on research and development in fermentative processes for alcoholic beverages, distilled spirits, and kombucha. In addition, their SmartGO! Yeast Nutrient capsules assist with the nutritional deficiencies of fermentation as well as improve the performance and yield of yeasts in the process. The startup also offers physiological and microbiological assessments along with product development for beverage producers. This enables beverage companies to select the right strain of yeast for their products.

Berkeley Yeast engineers Flavored Yeast Strains for Brewers

Brewing is currently facing increased demands for greater product quality of beverages as well as production economics. One technique to improve beer quality and profitability is to genetically modify a yeast strain specifically for creating desired taste and texture profiles. Therefore, startups advance metabolic engineering strategies to improve brewers’ yeast strains.

Berkeley Yeast is a US-based startup that develops yeast strains for brewers and winemakers. The startup picks the key molecules that bring the taste of pineapple, mango, lemon, geranium and incorporates them into a yeast strain. The startup’s featured strain, Tropics, comes from hops and barley. Superbloom is another strain they offer which yields a bouquet of orange blossom, geranium, lime peel, and lemon. The prototype of their strains is sent to their partner breweries, who test it out in their tanks and provide feedback for the startup to work on other iterations.

Lachancea makes Lactic Acid Yeast

Unlike plant cells, yeast requires no sunlight and has been the catalyst used in baking and the creation of alcoholic beverages. During fermentation, the primary yeast species for beer, known as Saccharomyces cerevisiae, produces energy for its cellular metabolism by converting certain sugars into carbon dioxide, alcohol, and other by-products. Startups harness the power of nature blended with the quality and reliability of advanced life science research to make yeast.

US-based startup Lachancea produces lactic acid yeasts selected from wasps and bees that allow brewers to make barrel-aged-style sour beers. The startup is a business-to-business (B2B) company that offers naturally refined products, tools, and services to improve fermented beverages. They license the use of unique strains of natural yeast species for producing high-quality fermented beverages. These strains can make valuable beer flavors, including sour beers with just one strain of yeast and no bacteria. It is used to produce ciders, beers, and distilled beverages with lovely aromas and improved mouthfeel.

Escarpment Labs produces Sourdough

Many bakers find it difficult to bake bread with yeast due to common challenges that include the dough being too stiff, bread not rising, or the sour taste. To overcome these challenges, bakers need to add precise quantities of yeast. Startups offer baker’s yeast to serve as a leavening agent which causes the bread to rise by converting the fermentable sugars present in the dough into carbon dioxide and ethanol.

Escarpment Labs is a Canadian startup that produces yeast for the fermentation of bakery dough and craft beers. Their sourdough starter contains microbial Saccharomyces yeast and Lactobacillus bacteria. The liquid culture sourdough starter is fresh and ready to use after the first rise so bakers can start the baking immediately. Further, the startup offers a variety of strains such as fruity, hazy IPAs, and big imperial stouts for brewers.

Nourish Ingredients develops Animal-free Fats and Oils

Numerous studies suggest the regular intake of animal fat causes heart problems and its associated health risks. This makes consumers switch to healthy and sustainable choices by adopting alternatives to dairy and meat. Food tech startups recognize the increasing demand for alternatives to animal products and develop animal-free fat through microbial fermentation.

Australian startup Nourish Ingredients develops animal-free fats and oils by brewing yeast. The startup develops yeast strains through their proprietary fermentation process that allows them to mimic the molecular structure of animal fats. It tailors the flavor and texture to precisely reproduce the taste and texture of pork, beef, chicken, fish, milk, and cheese. They partner with food tech, fermentation, and synthetic biology organizations to meet the consumer demands for alternative protein and nutraceuticals.

Discover more Food Tech Startups

Food startups such as the examples highlighted in this report focus on alternative proteins, mycoprotein, and fermented foods. While all of these technologies play a major role in advancing the food industry, they only represent the tip of the iceberg. To explore more food technologies, simply get in touch to let us look into your areas of interest. For a more general overview, you can download our free FoodTech Innovation Report to save your time and improve strategic decision-making.

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