Over recent years, we have witnessed an explosion in consumers’ desire for plant based foods, propelled by a growing climate consciousness and desire to eat more healthily. This lighthouse under Food Cultures & Enzymes was introduced as part of the 2025 Strategy to tap into the potential of fermented dairy alternatives and healthier beverage choices including no/low alcohol beer.
Chr. Hansen sent the first products to address this interesting category on the market in 2017. Since then, the only way has been up.
Partnerships to develop sustainable, innovative foods
In April 2020, we joined MISTA, a California-based start-up optimizer focusing on the development of sustainable, innovative foods. With this collaboration, Chr. Hansen teams up with world-class food players Givaudan, Danone, Ingredion and Mars, to work with a selected cohort of around 20 start-up companies. It will also collaborate with a range of service partners, venture financers and renowned universities such as UC Davis and UC Berkeley.
MISTA brings together the power and expertise of large companies operating in different segments of the value chain, and the agility and fast-paced innovation spirit of start-ups, providing a platform for rapid and focused innovation with an in-built path for commercialization – ultimately co-creating solutions that address the health and wellness of both people and the planet.