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Kern Tec raises €12 million in Series A funding to scale technology that turns food waste into food ingredients

September 25, 2023

Kern Tec, an Austrian food-tech company utilizing upcycling to produce valuable food products, has announced that it raised €12 million (US$12.7 million) in Series A funding. The company will use these funds to scale up the production and commercialization of its sustainable ingredients for plant-based dairy and confectionery products. These ingredients are derived from upcycled stone fruit pits such as apricots, plums and cherries – of which 500,000 metric tons are land-filled each year in Europe alone. In processing these pits towards food safe and sustainable food ingredients, Kern Tec contributes to a circular and more resilient food system.

“This investment will accelerate our global scaling capabilities and enable more products to the market that are derived from the valuable stone fruit seeds," commented Luca Fichtinger, Co-Founder & Managing Director at Kern Tec. "This will scale our impact of reducing waste, while unlocking further growth in the plant-based dairy industry.”

Founded in 2019, Kern Tec employs a series of proprietary processing steps to obtain valuable oils and protein from the seeds within the currently mostly neglected stone fruit pits. These ingredients are further transformed into a base compound for delicious, sustainable and cost-effective alternative dairy products such as plant-based milk, yoghurt and cheese. The company has already signed purchase orders for its ingredients worth millions of euros in revenue over the coming years.

The €12 million Series A round was led by Telos Impact, with participation from the PeakBridge Growth 2 fund and the European Innovation Council (EIC) Fund. In addition to equity financing, the company has secured significant local and international grants.

“We are delighted to welcome Kern Tec as the latest addition to our growing European portfolio," said Guillaume Boury, Investment Manager at Telos Impact. "This investment is consistent with our desire to back inspiring founders and companies developing long-term sustainable competitive advantages. We are very excited to be leveraging our network and expertise to support the company’s ambitious growth strategy."

"Innovations in food ingredients, like those propelled by Kern Tec, play a pivotal role in transforming the food industry towards healthier and more sustainable products, at affordable costs. Kern Tec’s initiatives pave the way for responsible production and consumption, while also offering enhanced flavour possibilities. We stand firmly behind Kern Tec as they lead the way in this domain, and we are honoured to be part of their exceptional journey", added Erich Sieber, Co-Founder & General Partner at PeakBridge.

“The EIC Fund has established itself as a strong force in EU deep-tech investments," said Svetoslava Georgieva, Chair of the EIC Fund Board. "This unique form of financing via EIC - combining grants and equity – is proving itself highly attractive to Europe's most promising start-ups and companies. Our investment will provide Kern Tec with the means to scale their business in Europe and, thanks to their innovative technology, contribute to saving resources and supporting farmers and businesses.”

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