Greencovery raises €500,000 for further development of their unique separation-purification technology for upcycling food side-streams
Greencovery (Wageningen, the Netherlands) has raised financing from Brightlands Venture Partners. The financing will be used to accelerate Greencovery’s cost-effective platform technology to separate and purify novel specialty ingredients from food processing side streams and scale up capacity to broaden its customer base in the food industry.
Impact for a better future
The food processing industry is constantly trying to reduce waste and looking for opportunities to valorize their side streams and develop new products. Carlos Cabrera, CEO, and Co-founder of Greencovery: “WUR research calculated that only the global food industry wastes a food value equivalent of € 2 billion per year. We are able to create novel specialty ingredients from these food industry side streams, thereby contributing to a much more sustainable food production system. We are very happy with the onboarding of Brightlands Venture Partners. This investment will help us to set a solid foundation to accelerate growth for the next funding round.”
Consumers' demand for clean-label ingredients and concern for social and environmental impact is driving the food and beverage industry to seek "natural" ingredients from transparent sources. Greencovery's platform technology is a cost-effective and environmentally responsible solution, turning biomass into novel "clean label" food ingredients through separation-purification.
Marcel Zijp of Brightlands Venture Partners: “The potential of the technology, the team, and their commitment to contribute to sustainable use of the earth’s resources in our human food production system, are key elements for us to invest. This investment fits well our portfolio and our aim to contribute to a more sustainable food production system as well as Brightlands’ expertise in the food-value chain.
Greencovery is a team of chemical engineers and food technologists that turns side streams into specialty food ingredients. They have a unique chemical-physical platform technology and work with the food industry and suppliers to create value from sidestreams. Their first market launch was a banana extract from a vinegar side stream, followed by a natural 'clean label' parmesan umami flavor as an alternative to other umami extracts and cheese flavors.
About Brightlands Venture Partners
Brightlands Venture Partners (BVP) is the Fund manager of the Brightlands Agrifood Fund and is a so-called ecosystem investor. BVP invests in companies benefiting from and contributing to the Brightlands campuses in the South of the Netherlands. Funds under management are BVP fund IV, Brightlands Agrifood Fund, Chemelot Ventures, and Limburg Ventures.
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