August 20, 2019
Danish biotech company to set up US plant for producing protein ingredient
Unibio, a Danish biotech company with core competences within microbial fermentation technologies, and Core Protein LLC have begun preparations for the establishment of a US-based protein production plant that will make Unibio's Uniprotein ingredient.
Uniprotein is used as a direct supplement in animal feed compounds.
The new facility will utilise Unibio's patented methane-to-protein fermentation technology. Both the company and Core Protein have previously executed a Master Licence Agreement, and the project is now in full development.
The plant will be located in Texas, US, at a site where the necessary infrastructure for such a project is already available. Site selection is ongoing - several potential sites just outside Houston have already been identified, according to Unibio
A final decision will be made over the next couple of months.
Unibio said that Texas has the potential to become the frontrunner in applying a novel technology that will significantly reduce stress on agricultural land and oceans. The company's technology is able to fully decouple protein production from farming and fishing.
"...agriculture and meat production are very water-usage-intensive, and the Unibio technology addresses this challenge - very little water is used for the production of each kilogramme of protein compared to traditional protein production," Unibio commented in a press release.
"Uniprotein is a sustainable feed ingredient that is critical to meeting the rising global demand for sustainable food production," said Unibio Group CEO Henrik Busch-Larsen.
"We are delighted to partner up with Core Protein and the Texan stakeholders to launch the project in the United States. Texas seems to be the perfect place for a US home of Uniprotein production and starting point for our venture into North America as Texas is not only the largest natural gas producer in the US but also the largest wind energy producer. Furthermore, from a protein market perspective, Texas is ideal as ambitions are high within the meat and aquaculture industry."
Ron Yair of Core Protein said: "Protein is an increasingly scarce though essential nutrient, and protein production is increasingly fraught with issues such as overfishing and land use. Unibio has developed a technology that disrupts the traditional protein value chain, and we fully intend to take advantage of this technology to produce high-quality protein and protect the environment at the same time."