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Edonia to Revolutionize Ground Meat Alternatives with Microalgae

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By: Headliners News / May 23, 2024

As the global population continues to expand, the quest to feed everyone sustainably is becoming increasingly urgent. Paris-based startup Edonia is tackling this challenge head-on by harnessing the power of microalgae to create innovative protein ingredients.

Joining the ranks of companies like Brevel, AlgaeCore Technologies, Algenuity, and NewFish, Edonia is tapping into the burgeoning market for commercial algae, projected to reach $25.4 billion by 2033.

Armed with €2 million ($2.1 million) in funding, Edonia is advancing its mission to produce plant-based ingredients from microalgae biomass derived from spirulina or chlorella, touted by CEO Hugo Valentin as a more nutritious alternative to meat.

Valentin, a seasoned entrepreneur whose previous venture, Ammi, also focused on spirulina consumption, recognized the pivotal role microalgae could play in the protein transition. At Edonia, he and his team are pioneering a unique microalgae transformation process known as “edonization,” which converts the biomass into a textured super ingredient with enhanced taste, aroma, texture, and nutritional properties.

The edonization technique, akin to alchemical wizardry, transforms the green powder typically associated with microalgae into a darker, richer brown hue, imbuing it with a meaty-like texture and savory flavor profile reminiscent of ground meat.

Edonia’s flagship product, Edo-1, offers an umami-rich taste and texture akin to ground meat, making it an ideal plant-based substitute. Moreover, boasting 30% protein content, essential amino acids, minerals, and vitamins, Edo-1 surpasses ground beef in protein density while reducing carbon emissions by a staggering 40 times compared to its meat counterpart.

As concerns over greenhouse gas emissions loom large, Edonia’s commitment to sustainability is evident. Collaborating with AgroParisTech, the company developed a life cycle assessment demonstrating the significant environmental benefits of its product.

With the ability to produce small quantities of Edo-1 already underway, Edonia’s next frontier is scaling up production to meet market demand. Valentin envisions a full-scale factory within two years, alongside partnerships with food manufacturers to integrate Edo-1 into a diverse array of culinary creations.

The food tech startup was recently bolstered by a €2 million investment led by Asterion Ventures and BPI, Edonia is primed to embark on its commercial journey. By year-end, Valentin anticipates launching commercial proofs of concepts in Europe, with plans to expand globally in the near future.

Edonia’s ambition extends beyond meat alternatives, with Edo-1 poised to enhance the nutritional profile of various food products, including bread, cakes, cream, and cereal bars, without compromising taste or texture.

As Edonia gears up to revolutionize the food industry around the world, its innovative approach to sustainable nutrition promises a brighter, more flavorful future for food lovers worldwide.

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