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The Protein Brewery receives Singapore regulatory approval for 'Fermotein' fermented fungi ingredient

March 26, 2024

The Protein Brewery, a Netherlands-based developer of plant-based, highly nutritious food ingredients and an exhibitor at The Future of Protein Production Chicago on 24/25 April, has today received regulatory approval from the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) to import, manufacture and sell food ingredients featuring 'Fermotein' in Singapore.

Dedicated to combating climate change and promoting healthier diets worldwide, The Protein Brewery champions the transition to alternative food sources across the globe. The company’s hero product is Fermotein, a fermented fungi with a highly nutritious, healthy, and sustainable profile. The food ingredient is rich in fiber and protein and can be made of globally available, water-efficient, non-allergenic crops such as corn, potatoes, cassava and sugar beet. This allows for commercialization around the globe on a local scale.

The company diligently submitted a novel food dossier on Fermotein to various regulatory agencies worldwide, including SFA. Besides the approval from SFA, The Protein Brewery has also secured the Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) status in the USA of the proposed use of a new fungi strain’s mycelium in human food. Now, with regulatory approval in Singapore, The Protein Brewery eagerly extends its commercial operations beyond the USA to Singapore.

Sue Garfitt, The Protein Brewery's CEO, and Wim de Laat, Founder

“We are incredibly pleased about the collaboration with the Singapore Food Agency throughout our novel food dossier process," said Dr Yvonne Dommels, Director of Nutrition & Regulatory Affairs of The Protein Brewery. "The dialogue between our organizations was characterized by openness and transparency, guided by helpful and engaged professional individuals from the novel food team.”

Aligned with the company’s mission, CEO Sue Garfitt leads the charge in driving a global sustainable food revolution. Securing regulatory approval in Singapore marks another significant milestone towards achieving this vision. “The Protein Brewery sees tremendous potential to enhance the nutritional landscape of everyday food and drink choices for the busy Singaporean population," emphasized Garfitt. "We recognize the trend towards convenience-driven food choices, often leading to reliance on ready-to-eat and takeout meals. By incorporating Fermotein into these and more traditional dishes, we will increase their nutritional value, enriching them with protein and fiber without compromising on taste and texture. In essence Fermotein sets itself apart from other plant-based proteins by eliminating all the usual organoleptic drawbacks."

The Protein Brewery is also awaiting novel food authorization in other key markets such as the UK and the European Union. While the markets in Singapore and the USA offer substantial opportunities to meet current production volumes, the company remains steadfast in its commitment to revolutionize nutritional paradigms through fungi-based innovations in all markets.

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