US based Calysta has won the Most Disruptive Innovation category in the first Bridge2Food Protein Awards for FeedKind Protein – a proprietary new fish and animal feed ingredient targeted at replacing fishmeal. Produced using the world’s only commercially validated gas fermentation process, Feedkind Protein is a natural, traceable and safe non-animal source of protein. Calysta has just announced the opening of a state of the art facility in Teeside, UK, to manufacture sample quantities of FeedKind Protein.
FeedKind Protein is a branded family of animal nutrition products, the first of which is FeedKind Aqua Protein for the aquaculture industry. FeedKind protein is a single cell protein produced from naturally-occurring micro-organisms via a natural fermentation much like making beer or bread. It is non-GMO and not an animal byproduct.
FeedKind protein uses methane as its sole source of carbon and energy. Importantly, methane does not compete with the human food chain, nor does its production impact wild fish populations in any way. Calysta’s process requires virtually no water or arable land compared to agricultural protein sources, and has a similar carbon emission footprint as well.
As the globe moves toward 9 billion people in 2050, demand for protein is expected to rise 75% due to improved diets in the developing world. This growth can only be met via aquaculture, and innovation in feed ingredients is critical to supporting the industry.
Judge, Dr Anne Wagner, Corporate Research and Development Director of Tereos said: “We awarded an innovation which is truly disruptive both from a technological point of view and also one that identifies alternative sources of protein to meet the protein demands of a growing population.”
Dr. Alan Shaw, Calysta President and CEO, said: “We’re extremely pleased to have achieved this global accolade that recognises our preparatory technology as a game-changing innovation. With FeedKind, Calysta has an exciting opportunity to offer traceable and safe protein that will sustainably help feed the world for decades to come.”