In what Finland-headquartered Photo voltaic Meals claims is the ‘first time’ in historical past, a meals produced with none connection to photosynthesis and agriculture is now out there to most people.
The beginning-up has partnered with The Lo & Behold Group-owned Fico, an Italian seaside restaurant in Singapore, to develop the Solein Chocolate Gelato. First tastes have been served to an invite-only tasting final month, and the providing is now formally on the menu.
What’s meals ‘constructed from air’?
Photo voltaic Meals’ novel microbial protein Solein is constructed from CO2, air, and electrical energy. The entire protein is produced utilizing a bioprocess whereby microbes are fed with gases (carbon dioxide, hydrogen, and oxygen), and small quantities of vitamins.
The beginning-up has beforehand linked the bioprocess to winemaking, with carbon dioxide and hydrogen changing sugar because the supply of carbon and power, respectively.
Being utterly disconnected from the agriculture – the method doesn’t require animals or photosynthetic crops – makes Solein the world’s most sustainable protein, believes Photo voltaic Meals.
From a vitamin perspective, Solein accommodates 65-70% protein, 10-15% dietary fibres, 5-8% fats, and 3-5% mineral vitamins.
As a novel ingredient, Solein requires pre-market approval previous to commercialisation. Photo voltaic Meals submitted its novel meals file to the Singapore Meals Company in September 2021 and acquired regulatory approval in October 2022.
Meaning Solein can now be used and offered as a alternative of current proteins in a wide range of meals, for instance in different dairy and meat, snacks and drinks, noodles and pasta, or breads and spreads.
Photo voltaic Meals’ first collaboration is certainly changing a protein: dairy protein in a gelato dessert.
Performance of Solein in ice cream
Solein, along with vegetable oils, replaces dairy within the ice cream product, defined Photo voltaic Meals co-founder and CEO Pasi Vainikka. “There isn’t a completely different in protein content material in comparison with dairy-based ice cream.”
As a useful ingredient, Solein can be utilized to make ice cream with out using components. And with no undesirable flavours or off-notes, no masking substances are required. The truth is many instances throughout the Solein Chocolate Gelato launch the crew provided the ice cream unflavoured, Vainikka informed FoodNavigator. “Only for enjoyable, to exhibit there are not any off-notes.”
As to the ingredient’s texture, the CEO defined it gives a ‘very easy’ mouthfeel. “That construction forming/mouth feeling functionality is Solein at its finest.”
And at last, the corporate mentioned the ingredient offers meals a ‘complementary’ color from the carotenoids that are naturally current. Within the new gelato, the color comes from the chocolate, so there is no such thing as a visible clue that Solein is current.
“When you didn’t know, you would not guess this gelato consists of a wholly new, distinctive, and nutritious ingredient simply by tasting it,” mentioned Photo voltaic Meals CCO Shilei Zhang. “It appears, feels and tastes similar to every other Italian gelato – and that’s precisely the concept. Solein is the ‘Intel inside’ of the meals trade.”
From ice cream to past
The choice to develop a Solein ice cream product first was not a simple one.
“As Solein is such a flexible ingredient, it may be utilized in a number of product classes, and this was positively not a simple alternative,” CEO Vainikka informed FoodNavigator.
The corporate made the choice along with Fico as ice cream is very well-liked in Singapore. It’s widespread to see folks queuing at ice cream kiosks for a cool deal with on a sizzling Singapore night, we have been informed. Choosing chocolate as the primary flavour was additionally knowledgeable by native preferences: it is without doubt one of the hottest flavours in ice cream internationally, and really easy to adapt to native tastes.
“We’re additionally changing dairy with Solein and thus eradicating the animal from the equation, thus providing a way more sustainable alternative with out compromising on style and texture.”
Fico’s new gelato is the primary of what Photo voltaic Meals hopes can be a big variety of Solein-based meals getting into the market in coming years. Simply two weeks in the past, Photo voltaic Meals introduced a strategic alliance with Japanese meals main Ajinomoto to develop merchandise and conduct a marketability research beginning in Q1 2024.