40Research opportunities
44Commercial whitespaces
39Ecosystem support needs
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Production process innovations for fiber formation and improved plant protein texturization

Fibers from techniques like electrospinning, jet spinning, or blow spinning may be able to impart a desirable texture to a given product.

Icon plant based Plant-Based Commercial Research End Products Production R&D End product formulation & manufacturing 2 – Early adoption
“Rainbow roll 2.0” as a showcase product for cultivated seafood

Thin sheets of cultivated fish for layering on the outside of maki rolls and other sushi products could be an attractive market-entry commercial product. Producing thin sheets of tissue is…

Icon cultivated Cultivated Commercial End Products End product formulation & manufacturing 0 – Complete whitespace
Guaranteed offtake contracts for products and ingredients

Guaranteed offtake agreements, where buyers commit to purchase a volume of product, can help secure loans for infrastructure and other high-cost projects.

Icon cultivated Cultivated Icon fermentation Fermentation Icon plant based Plant-Based Commercial Ecosystem End Products Investment Production End product formulation & manufacturing 1 – Inception
Open-access product formulation specification sheets

Open-access product formulation specifications could provide clear metrics and objectives for product developers on attributes like taste, price, nutrition, and ingredient ratios.

Icon fermentation Fermentation Icon plant based Plant-Based Ecosystem End Products R&D End product formulation & manufacturing Ingredient optimization 2 – Early adoption
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…

Icon fermentation Fermentation Icon plant based Plant-Based Commercial Business Services Distribution Channels End Products Production End product formulation & manufacturing 2 – Early adoption
Next-generation plant-based turkey products

There has been little in the way of publicly-announced R&D or commercial efforts to develop the next generation of tasty and affordable plant-based turkey products. There is room for innovation…

Icon plant based Plant-Based Commercial End Products End product formulation & manufacturing 1 – Inception
Expanded product development in plant-based meat snacks

Plant-based meat snacks could tap into underlying trends in snacks replacing meals and increased consumer interest in high-protein, low-sugar foods. Product innovation is needed to match the taste, price, and…

Icon plant based Plant-Based Commercial Demand Generation End Products Production End product formulation & manufacturing 2 – Early adoption
Forging product development partnerships among ingredient suppliers and manufacturers

Opportunities exist to coordinate product development partnerships between ingredient suppliers, strategic partners, and product manufacturers to directly engage more holistically on product formulation.

Icon cultivated Cultivated Icon fermentation Fermentation Icon plant based Plant-Based Commercial Ecosystem End Products Production Raw Materials, Ingredients, & Inputs Cell culture media Crop development Feedstocks Ingredient optimization Scaffolding 1 – Inception
Development and industry-wide adoption of standards for meat characterization

A more comprehensive understanding of the processes, structures, and molecular constituents governing meat’s organoleptic properties will inform the production of alternative proteins.

Icon cultivated Cultivated Research End Products R&D End product formulation & manufacturing 1 – Inception
Fat and moisture encapsulation techniques for alternative protein applications

Plant-based, fermentation-derived, and cultivated products will all require solutions for encapsulating fat and moisture to ensure that these components are protected from damage or loss throughout manufacturing, storage, and preparation.

Icon cultivated Cultivated Icon fermentation Fermentation Icon plant based Plant-Based Commercial Research End Products R&D Ingredient optimization 2 – Early adoption

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