Alternative Food Webinar


Fermentation, an ancient technique of harnessing microbes, is undergoing a modern revolution. Now, combating challenges such as scalability, regulatory constraints, and the imperative for embracing sustainable production, food and beverage (F&B) companies are ramping up their exploration of innovative, biotech-based fermentation approaches and new technologies. This is spurring new developments in plant-based proteins, functional ingredients, and alternative foods, thereby fostering more resilient food supply chains, capable of mitigating global challenges like water scarcity, climate change, and energy consumption.

Frost & Sullivan’s recent R&D/Technology/IP webinar delved into the fascinating realm of Innovative Fermentation Technologies Reshaping the Future of Alternative Food. This engaging discussion highlighted growth opportunities, best practices, and strategic imperatives to help ecosystem players better understand how fermentation fits into alternative food production models, thereby maximizing sustainability and resource efficiency.

Here, the following growth experts collaborated to share their views on emerging fermentation technologies: Benoit Butruille, Growth Expert and Principal Consultant, TechVision at Frost & Sullivan and Typhanie Esmiol, Growth Expert and Strategy Consultant at Frost & Sullivan.

Gain valuable perspectives from these experts by clicking here to access the recorded session of this webinar.


  • Harnessing the Benefits of Precision Fermentation: Precision fermentation is driving innovation in F&B production by genetically engineering microorganisms like yeast, fungi, and bacteria to produce specific compounds. For instance, companies like Perfect Day are leveraging this technology to create animal-free, dairy protein by introducing genes to yeast cells. These engineered microorganisms are then cultivated in controlled fermenters using inputs like sugars or carbohydrates to produce the desired protein –Which disruptive technologies can your organization capitalize on to accelerate innovation in futuristic fermentation processes?
  • Embracing Sustainability through Biomass Fermentation: Biomass fermentation is promoting sustainability by utilizing various organic materials like agricultural residues, algae biomass, or greenhouse gases as feedstock for fermentation. Microbes metabolize these feedstocks to produce a variety of products, including proteins and enzymes – How are F&B leaders using organic materials for biomass fermentation to integrate sustainability into their production processes?
  • Thwarting Growth Barriers and Challenges in Fermentation Technologies: New fermentation technologies can address challenges in supply chain shortages and scalability. But this requires large-scale bioreactors equipped with complex monitoring and control systems to ensure that the microorganisms produce the desired output without contamination. While these solutions may work at lab or pilot scale, achieving a controlled environment at larger scales presents unique complications and cost implications – How will best practices and erstwhile partnerships help industry incumbents navigate growth barriers and challenges in alternative food production?
  • Taking Advantage of Disruptive Forces in Fermentation Technologies: Fermentation technologies are poised to disrupt the F&B industry by enabling the production of new types of foods as alternatives to both conventional plant-based and other sources of food. This disruption offers the potential for a better sustainability profile, provided that manufacturers navigate evolving regulatory mandates and increasing competitive intensity from agile startups – Are your teams equipped to capitalize on lucrative growth opportunities in tomorrow’s fermentation technologies to maximize sustainability?

Benoit Butruille“It’s crucial to address the evolution of fermentation technology in food alternatives and the potential opportunities and challenges associated with this.” – Benoit Butruille, Growth Expert and Principal Consultant, TechVision at Frost & Sullivan.

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