40Research opportunities
44Commercial whitespaces
39Ecosystem support needs
Key: Cultivated icon Cultivated Fermentation icon Fermentation Plant-based icon Plant-Based
Opportunity Production platform Solution category Value chain segment Technology sector Maturity level
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.

Plant-based icon Plant-Based Commercial Research End Products Production R&D End product formulation & manufacturing 2 – Early adoption
Mapping the secretome of animal myoblasts, adipocytes, and other cells used in cultivated meat

Stem cells secrete a variety of signaling factors that can influence the behavior of surrounding cells, known as paracrine signals. In high-density bioprocesses, these secreted factors can accumulate to concentrations…

Cultivated icon Cultivated Research Production R&D Cell line development
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.

Cultivated icon Cultivated Fermentation icon Fermentation Plant-based icon Plant-Based Commercial Ecosystem End Products Investment Production End product formulation & manufacturing 1 – Inception
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
Plants as a recombinant protein expression platform for functional food ingredients

Crop plants used as recombinant protein production hosts could offer benefits of minimal processing, cheaper equipment, and fewer downstream purification costs.

Fermentation icon Fermentation Plant-based icon Plant-Based Commercial Research Production R&D Raw Materials, Ingredients, & Inputs Crop development Ingredient optimization 2 – Early adoption
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…

Plant-based icon 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.

Cultivated icon Cultivated Fermentation icon Fermentation Plant-based icon Plant-Based Commercial Ecosystem End Products Production Raw Materials, Ingredients, & Inputs Cell culture media Crop development Feedstocks Ingredient optimization Scaffolding 1 – Inception
Developing open-access model production facility blueprints

Open-access blueprints would provide a head start on facility design and allow equipment manufacturers and engineering companies to address standard industry needs.

Cultivated icon Cultivated Fermentation icon Fermentation Plant-based icon Plant-Based Commercial Research Production R&D Bioprocess design End product formulation & manufacturing 1 – Inception
Expand capacity for demonstration-scale and mid-scale co-manufacturing

Companies entering the alt protein space often struggle to secure line time at demonstration-scale and mid-scale commercial production facilities. Greater availability of mid-scale contract capacity would reduce capital outlays and…

Cultivated icon Cultivated Fermentation icon Fermentation Plant-based icon Plant-Based Commercial Ecosystem Production R&D Raw Materials, Ingredients, & Inputs Bioprocess design End product formulation & manufacturing
Infrastructure loan fund

The success of early-days products has demonstrated strong consumer interest, but investment is needed to enable alternative protein supply chain companies to build out the infrastructure needed to capitalize on…

Cultivated icon Cultivated Fermentation icon Fermentation Plant-based icon Plant-Based Commercial Investment Production 2 – Early adoption

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