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Air-based foods market emerges as a sustainable and innovative solution to global food challenges

July 27, 2023

The air-based foods market, the topic of a new report from X Herald, is gaining traction as a sustainable and innovative solution to address global food challenges, including resource scarcity and environmental impact. Air-based foods, also known as 'air protein', are produced using cutting-edge technology that converts carbon dioxide from the air into essential nutrients, such as protein and other vital components.

With the increasing global population and the strain on traditional agricultural systems, air-based foods offer a promising alternative to conventional food production methods. The technology used in air-based food production relies on gas fermentation and microbial processes to transform carbon dioxide into edible proteins and nutrients.

One of the significant advantages of air-based foods is their potential to be produced in vertical farming and urban agriculture systems, utilizing limited land and water resources efficiently. This reduces the pressure on arable land and minimizes the environmental impact associated with traditional farming practices.

Among the key takeaways from the report, it suggests that the global air-based foods market is projected to expand at an impressive CAGR of 11.7% through 2032. In the short term, though, air-based foods will experience rapid adoption in North America and Europe. In the mid and long term, air-based foods will experience broader acceptance across several geographical regions. Although the primary goal of developing air-based foods was to feed humans in space, aqua feed will dominate the market by end use in the introductory phase.

However, the report suggests the air-based food market faces several challenges in terms of widespread adoption and acceptance. One major challenge is the cost of production, which is currently much higher than that of traditional food sources. Additionally, there may be concerns around the safety and regulatory compliance of air-based food products, as well as the potential impact on consumer perceptions and preferences. The taste and texture of air-based foods may also be a hurdle, as they may differ significantly from traditional food sources. Finally, the air-based food market will need to overcome marketing and distribution challenges to gain traction in a crowded and competitive marketplace

In Europe, there is a growing demand for sustainable and eco-friendly food products, which could create a favorable market for air-based foods. European countries are also investing heavily in research and development in this area, which could lead to the creation of new and innovative air-based food products.

In Asia, countries like Japan and Singapore are investing in alternative protein sources, including air-based meat and seafood products, as part of their efforts towards food security and sustainability. These markets may have unique opportunities for air-based food products due to their high population densities and limited land resources for traditional agriculture.

In North America, there is a growing interest in plant-based and alternative protein sources, which could create opportunities for air-based food products. However, competition in this market is intense, and it may be challenging for air-based food products to gain traction against established alternatives like soy and pea protein.

The air-based food market is an emerging industry that involves the production and sale of food products made primarily from air. These products are created using air fermentation, which involves using microorganisms to transform atmospheric gases into edible proteins and other nutrients. The market is being driven by factors such as the increasing demand for sustainable and eco-friendly food sources, the need to reduce the environmental impact of food production, and the growing interest in alternative protein sources. However, the market faces challenges related to the cost of production, safety and regulatory compliance, taste and texture, and marketing and distribution.

Companies profiled in the report include Air Protein, Solar Foods, Calysta, Novonutrients, Deepbranch, and Air Company, which coincidentally all feature in the cover story on the same topic in the July/August 2023 edition of Protein Production Technology International. Click here to read the article for free!

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