Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) and Air Protein, a pioneer in air-based nutritional protein that requires no agriculture or farmland, have entered into a strategic development agreement to collaborate on research and development to further advance new and novel proteins for nutrition.
The agreement will combine ADM’s nutrition, formulation, and research expertise with Air Protein’s unique landless agriculture platform, with supply chain-free manufacturing, to identify ways to scale cost-effective ingredients that enable meat substitutes to deliver on their cost, nutrition, flavor, and texture targets. The two companies are expected also to collaborate to build and operate the world’s first Air Protein commercial scale plant.
The agreement between ADM and Air Protein will continue work on alternative proteins such as Air Protein's product. Air Meat is created by air fermentation and the meat is ready in as little as a few hours.
Air Meat contains no animals, soy, hormones, pesticides, herbicides, or GMOs.
“Food security and sustainability are two of the enduring trends driving the growth and evolution of protein demand, and ADM is at the forefront of expanding the entire protein ecosystem,” said Ian Pinner, ADM’s senior vice president, Strategy and Innovation. “We are proud to be a strategic investor in Air Protein, and with today’s agreement, we’re expanding our partnership to bring ADM’s industry-leading expertise in flavors and complete nutrition solutions to help expand the universe of applications in which Air Protein’s technology can be used. To sustainably feed a growing global population, we need a broad protein ecosystem, from animal to plant to other novel sources. ADM is proud to work with both startups and major consumer brands to leverage our full pantry of capabilities and expand opportunities that innovative technologies present.”
ADM has been a supporter of Air Protein through investment of Series A and SAFE funding. With this and other investments, Air Protein has raised $107 million in cumulative capital. With the funding, the company has accelerated the expansion of a world-class team of scientists, manufacturing, and food experts, as well as the construction of its Air Farm in San Leandro, CA.
“Air Protein is excited to extend our relationship with ADM, which has been a strong supporter and collaborator in our mutual mission to provide innovative protein solutions that can sustainably feed the growing global population,” stated Air Protein Founder and CEO, Dr. Lisa Dyson. “Their continued commitment to building a more sustainable food system has helped us significantly accelerate and scale our Bay Area Air Farm and other growth initiatives.” Dr. Dyson also shared that Air Protein successfully concluded an important regulatory review confirming their protein is GRAS, noting that it “represents one more important milestone on our journey to provide consumers with the protein of the future.”