Alternative Protein Solutions Database
Discover ideas for new startups, commercial ventures and products, research projects, ecosystem support, and investment opportunities for plant-based, cultivated, and fermentation-derived proteins.
|Opportunity||Production platform||Value chain segment||Technology sector||End product focus||Relevant actor||Maturity level||Solution category||Topic|
Life Cycle Assessment for alternative seafood relative to conventional fishing and aquaculture
To date, no robust environmental assessments have been conducted to compare alternative seafood to its conventional counterparts. An open-access, quantitative analysis of the relative environmental impacts of alternative seafood will…
|Cultivated Fermentation Plant-Based||Demand Generation Distribution Channels End Products Investment Production R&D Raw Materials, Ingredients, & Inputs||Seafood||Academics GFI Industry||Research||Science|
Plant-based category marketing
Interest in plant-based products is growing, but many consumers still express skepticism about plant protein foods, or simply lack familiarity with the category. Category marketing campaigns to promote plant-based and…
|Cultivated Fermentation Plant-Based||Demand Generation Distribution Channels End Products||Seafood-relevant||Donors Industry NGO’s Policymakers Startups||Commercial Ecosystem Policy||Industry Policy|
Facilitating import and export of alternative protein products
Many alternative protein companies are interested in exporting their products or ingredients, and this is matched by interest from businesses in many countries eager to import exciting products. But import/export…
|Cultivated Fermentation Plant-Based||Business Services Compliance Distribution Channels||Species-agnostic||Academics GFI Industry NGO’s Policymakers Startups||Commercial Ecosystem Policy||Industry Policy|
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 Plant-Based||Business Services Distribution Channels End Products Production||End product formulation & manufacturing||Species-agnostic||Industry||2 – Early adoption||Commercial||Industry|
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||Business Services Distribution Channels||Species-agnostic||Industry||1 – Inception||Commercial||Industry|
Landscape/directory of major players in foodservice, retail, and distribution
Resources and services that make it easier to locate, filter, and prioritize sales and partnership efforts would ease transactional burdens for startups and add value to existing companies looking for…
|Fermentation Plant-Based||Distribution Channels||Species-agnostic||GFI Industry NGO’s||2 – Early adoption||Ecosystem||Industry|
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 Fermentation Plant-Based||Business Services Distribution Channels||Species-agnostic||GFI Industry||Commercial Ecosystem||Science|
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Explore key innovation priorities
Review commercial whitespaces, research gaps, technological needs, and investment priorities at each stage of the alternative protein value chain.
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Futures wheels analysis
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Discover key findings from GFI’s premortem analysis of potential threats to the widespread adoption of alternative proteins, including strategies to avoid or mitigate the most pressing risks.