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.

Production platform
  • Cultivated
  • Fermentation
  • Plant-Based
Solution category
  • Ecosystem
  • Research
Value chain segment
  • Business Services
  • Production
  • R&D
Relevant actor
  • Academics
  • GFI
  • Industry
  • NGO’s
  • Startups


Data lakes are repositories of raw data from many sources. These data can be mined for insights or to develop predictive capabilities. In the context of alternative proteins, a data lake could contain anonymized data from processing runs across many manufacturers (for example, readings from sensors integrated throughout the production process). These data could inform processing improvements and process failure troubleshooting with far greater insight than any individual manufacturer would be able to obtain on their own.

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