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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.

Production platform
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Solution category
  • Ecosystem
Value chain segment
  • R&D
  • End Products
Technology sector
  • End product formulation & manufacturing
  • Ingredient optimization
Relevant actor
  • Industry
  • GFI
Maturity level
  • 2 – Early adoption


As a young category, alternative protein companies often have to complete duplicative work to formulate new products. Many of the starting formulations that are not trade secrets come from ingredient suppliers who are incentivized to maximize use of their particular ingredient. Releasing open-access product formulation specification sheets would accelerate new product development while also helping ingredient suppliers understand downstream needs. These sheets should provide clear metrics and objectives for product developers on attributes like taste, price, nutrition, and ingredient ratios.

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