The Israelis companies Kibbutz Yotvata and Brevel have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to build the ‘largest microalgae fermentation reactors of their kind’. The facility will be home to the largest fermentation reactors of their kind, said the companies, with the capacity to produce 900,000 liters per year, and 3,000 tons of dry product per year, when fully operational in order to support the rising demand in the EU and Middle Eastern markets.
The MOU is an agreement to build a facility for the cultivation and production of microalgae-based protein and related products for the food and beverage industry. The result of this union is a protein that will be price competitive with pea and soy and is color and flavor neutral.
“Brevel’s protein reportedly solves challenges in plant-based dairy and egg products that lack a valuable nutritional profile due to the need for very mildly flavored protein sources.”
According to the both companies, the manufacturing facility is the first of its kind to be established in Israel and the first of multiple facilities to be constructed worldwide with additional partners that Brevel is already in discussions with. The parties expect to export to customers abroad at least 25% of its production to various markets.
According to a press release, the process enables the production of microalgae at a cost reduction of more than 90% and includes nutrient rich ingredients and functionalities that are only produced in the presence of light, said the companies.
Producing on a commercial scale
Hannan Shushan, Yotvata’s CEO, assured: “We are proud to build the largest facility of its kind in the world, which will be producing Microalgae on a commercial scale to support rising demand in various markets.”
“Yotvata is dedicated towards finding sustainable solutions to feed the ever-growing world population and believes that the alternative-protein market will play a big part in that mission. The agreement with Brevel is a significant step in that direction,” she added.
Technology and know-how
Brevel is responsible for providing all required technology, know-how and intellectual property required for the construction and operation of the facility and equipment, and provide all required information and materials required for the cultivation of the microalgae and the manufacturing of the product
Yonatan Golan, CEO and Co-Founder of Brevel, added: “The agreement with Yotvata is a milestone in the world of microalgae-based alternative protein. This first commercial scale manufacturing facility will enable us to move our vision forward: to become the number one choice for plant-based protein worldwide”.
“We are actively working to solve the biggest nutrition challenges that exist today. The company is achieving this by providing truly sustainable plant-based protein, which is both color and flavor neutral, and available for the first time at an affordable cost for the food industry”.
Kibbutz Yotvata runs Yotvata Dairy Plant in joint ownership with Strauss, while investing in the field of food, renewable energy, and sustainability. Brevel is providing microalgae-based alternative protein which is affordable, flavor and color neutral, highly functional, sustainable and at consistent and scalable production.
In their website, Brevel manifest the company believes it’s time for a paradigm shift in the relationship between the industrial society and our planet. We aspire to see a more sustainable world, and with every technological discovery we make, and every new partnership we build, we strengthen the realization that microalgae play a crucial role.
For them, see microalgae-based ingredients are becoming a natural part of life and a first-of-its-kind viable solution for a wide range of industries. “By providing truly affordable, consistent, and scalable production of microalgae-based products for various industries, we’re well on our way to naturally achieving –and exceeding– our goals,” they say.