40Research opportunities
44Commercial whitespaces
39Ecosystem support needs
Key: Cultivated icon Cultivated Fermentation icon Fermentation Plant-based icon Plant-Based
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Expanding private label plant-based offerings

Brands, dedicated private labelers, and co-manufacturers can take advantage of the private labeling opportunity, and would benefit from developing a wide range of products to fit every category and access…

Fermentation icon Fermentation Plant-based icon Plant-Based Commercial Business Services Distribution Channels End Products Production End product formulation & manufacturing 2 – Early adoption
Dedicated broker or exchange for plant-based B2B sales

Opportunity exists for a broker, marketplace, directory, or other exchange platform to facilitate B2B sales of plant-based foods as ingredients to manufacturers of frozen and prepared foods.

Plant-based icon Plant-Based Commercial Business Services Distribution Channels 1 – Inception
Establishing intellectual property pooling frameworks

Intellectual property pools and patent pledges can help member companies contribute to a suite of patents that can be licensed within the pool.

Cultivated icon Cultivated Fermentation icon Fermentation Plant-based icon Plant-Based Ecosystem Business Services R&D 0 – Complete whitespace
Industry workshops, courses, and training programs

The alternative protein industry has a significant need for workers and innovators with specialized knowledge spanning multiple traditional disciplines. However, since few universities offer alternative protein majors or dedicated subject…

Cultivated icon Cultivated Fermentation icon Fermentation Plant-based icon Plant-Based Commercial Ecosystem Business Services Compliance Production R&D Workforce
Data lake for aggregating process data and informing process improvements

An alternative protein data lake could contain anonymized data from processing runs across many manufacturers, informing processing improvements and aiding process failure troubleshooting.

Cultivated icon Cultivated Fermentation icon Fermentation Plant-based icon Plant-Based Ecosystem Research Business Services Production R&D
Building workforce capacity through vocational programs

Creating vocational programs at technical community colleges that train the labor force to work in alternative protein biomanufacturing, facilities engineering, and operations will streamline the labor transition.

Cultivated icon Cultivated Fermentation icon Fermentation Plant-based icon Plant-Based Ecosystem Business Services Production R&D Workforce 1 – Inception
Pooled procurement/group purchasing for ingredients and inputs

Many alternative protein companies use similar inputs, but individually lack the purchasing power to negotiate favorable contract terms. A pooled procurement/group purchasing mechanism for ingredients, inputs (growth factors, media, etc.),…

Cultivated icon Cultivated Fermentation icon Fermentation Plant-based icon Plant-Based Commercial Ecosystem Business Services Raw Materials, Ingredients, & Inputs Cell culture media Crop development Feedstocks
A toolkit for B2B sales resources and training

Tailored resources in the form of events, courses, thought leadership, directories, consulting services, and training programs for alternative protein B2B sales people.

Cultivated icon Cultivated Fermentation icon Fermentation Plant-based icon Plant-Based Commercial Ecosystem Business Services Distribution Channels
Marketplace exchange platform for ingredients, inputs, & services

Connecting the buyers and sellers of the ingredients, inputs, and services needed to produce alternative proteins.

Cultivated icon Cultivated Fermentation icon Fermentation Plant-based icon Plant-Based Commercial Ecosystem Business Services R&D Raw Materials, Ingredients, & Inputs Cell culture media Crop development End product formulation & manufacturing Feedstocks Scaffolding
Developing rigorous demand forecasts

Demand forecasts impact investments in R&D, infrastructure, personnel, and partnerships that will be necessary to participate in and accelerate the alternative protein sector.

Cultivated icon Cultivated Fermentation icon Fermentation Plant-based icon Plant-Based Commercial Ecosystem Business Services Demand Generation End Products Investment Production Raw Materials, Ingredients, & Inputs

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