USA — ADM, a global leader in alternative protein and nutrition products and solutions has entered a long-term strategic partnership with food tech company Benson Hill to scale innovative soy ingredients that will help meet the rapidly growing demand for plant-based proteins.

As part of the partnership, ADM said it will process and commercialize a portfolio of proprietary ingredients derived from Benson Hill Ultra-High Protein (UHP) soybeans through an exclusive North American licensing partnership.

In addition, the companies plan to scale innovative ingredients enabled by Benson Hill genetics that feature less-processed proteins with significant water and carbon sustainability benefits. 

Benson Hill’s CropOS technology platform combines food science, data science and plant science for plant genomics innovation. It brings together data analytics and biological knowledge to combine the genetic information of a plant, formulation needs of a customer and data from farmers to help develop more nutritious, flavorful and sustainable ingredients.

The collaboration will create a pathway toward commercial-scale seed-to-fork production of higher-value alternative protein products.

When combined with ADM’s expertise and capabilities in origination, applications and formulation, as well as current and expanded processing capacity for human food markets, the collaboration will create a pathway toward commercial-scale seed-to-fork production of higher-value alternative protein products.

“We’re excited to launch this collaboration with Benson Hill, building full seed-to-fork capabilities with cutting-edge technologies that will allow us to offer new, innovative products to our alternative protein customers,” said Leticia Gonçalves, president of Global Foods for ADM, based in Chicago, Illinois, US. 

The market for alternative meat, eggs, dairy, and seafood products is set to reach at least $290 billion by 2035, as consumers drive unparalleled growth in plant-, microorganism-, and animal-cell-based alternatives, according to a new report by Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and Blue Horizon Corporation (BHC).

ADM has expanded global capacity to meet that demand with the acquisition of Sojaprotein and the recently announced investment to enhance processing and supply capabilities and build a new protein solutions innovation center in Decatur, Illinois, US. 

“Now, working with Benson Hill, we’re taking the next step, expanding our value chain and adding new technologies that will power our ability to offer differentiated, high-value products to meet consumer demand for delicious, nutritious alternative proteins,” Gonçalves said.

ADM partners Benson Hill will engage partner interested in participating in the seed-to-fork food revolution.

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