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Pooled procurement/group purchasing for ingredients and inputs

Many alternative protein companies use similar inputs, but individually lack the purchasing power to negotiate favorable contract terms. A pooled procurement/group purchasing mechanism for ingredients, inputs (growth factors, media, etc.), and feedstocks would help reduce costs and increase industry leverage.

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Solution category
  • Ecosystem
  • Commercial
Value chain segment
  • Raw Materials, Ingredients, & Inputs
  • Business Services
Technology sector
  • Crop development
  • Cell culture media
  • Feedstocks
Relevant actor
  • Industry
  • NGO’s
  • Startups

Description

Many alternative protein companies use similar inputs, but individually lack the purchasing power to negotiate favorable contract terms. A pooled procurement/group purchasing mechanism for ingredients, inputs (growth factors, media, etc.), and feedstocks would help reduce costs and increase industry leverage. Trade associations and industry groups can often negotiate discounts and favorable terms for member companies or partners. Alternative protein companies will need to align their processes and formulations around standards for these shared inputs.

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