GLOBAL – Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) has partnered with Air Protein, a pioneer in air-based nutritional protein that requires no agriculture or farmland, in R&D to advance new and novel proteins for nutrition. 

According to ADM, the partnership will combine ADM’s broad nutrition, formulation, and research expertise with Air Protein’s unique landless agriculture platform to identify ways to scale cost-effective ingredients that enable meat substitutes to deliver on their cost, nutrition, flavor, and texture targets.

“Our expanded partnership with Air Protein represents one of the many ways we’re making important strides toward bringing new protein options to the marketplace, further expanding the future possibilities of protein development,” ADM said.

“Expanding the protein ecosystem, including choices from plant-based, animal-based, and novel sources, will be needed to feed people worldwide while keeping what’s best for our planet in mind.”

Therefore, ADM added that the partnership will provide mutually exclusive rights for collaboration with Air Protein to build and operate the world’s first Air Protein commercial-scale plant.

Partnering with Air Protein and collaborating on this novel protein solution’s research, development and scalability represents another way ADM is meeting the increasing demand for nutrition and an elevated sensory experience, ADM reported.

“With this agreement, we’re expanding our partnership to bring ADM’s expertise in flavors and complete nutrition solutions to help expand the universe of applications in which Air Protein’s technology can be used.”

Growing proteins depends on highly unpredictable factors, including weather, geography, politics, global agriculture supply chain costs, limited natural resources, and manufacturing disruptions. 

According to the founder and CEO of Air Proteins, Dr. Lisa Dyson, the company’s farms are self-contained systems requiring only air, water, and energy to grow our protein and hence creating virtually no disruptions and predictable costs

“Air Protein Farms decouple protein production from the supply chain and can be built virtually anywhere, in any climate. Our process is carbon negative and can help achieve Scope 3 emission goals faster,” she stated.

Dyson noted that by applying a range of culinary techniques to Air proteins the company has produced a range of flavors, tastes, textures, and nutritional attributes that allows us to craft meats and other protein-rich foods. 

“What we are creating is a new way of making food that is both sustainable and nutritious using only air, water, and energy,” she added.

“Air Protein is rich in vitamins, minerals, and nutrients, contains 20 amino acids, including all nine essential amino acids, and has twice the amino acids of soybeans.”


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