During the 14th Plant-Based Foods Summit 2019 in Lille (France), Jim Laird, co-founder and CEO of 3F BIO, presented Plenitude EU project, first-of-its-kind zero-waste biorefinery project to produce proteins for food from feedstocks that received €17m funding from the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.
The project addresses the protein challenge by integrating two established processes into a flagship, large-scale, first-of-its-kind, biorefinery producing bioethanol and sustainable food protein. The process takes a proportion of the sustainable cereal crops
that feed the biorefinery to create a feedstock for the fermentation process that produces ABUNDA® mycoprotein.
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About Jim Laird
Jim co-founded 3F BIO Ltd in 2015 and is passionately excited by the opportunity for ABUNDA® mycoprotein to address a growing market need.
Jim has 30 years’ experience in food with roles for Unilever, PepsiCo and Premier Foods and is motivated by the combination of innovation, biotechnology and collaboration to create sustainable large-scale food solutions.
Although a non-vegetarian, Jim is an active meat reducer and hopes and celebrates the potential for the food industry to work together to firstly reduce reliance and then remove the need for animal-based products.