Sophie’s Bionutrients develops the world’s first microalgae-based milk

Sophie’s Bionutrients has come up with the milk based on microalgae—the first of its kind in the world— and claims to be the first food tech company globally that uses microalgae to develop 100% plant-based and environmentally friendly alternative protein.

The company asserts that the dairy alternative is on par with the nutritional value of cow’s milk. They maintain that the protein value can be increased by up to 50% by changing proportions in the water-soluble micro-algae flour. Besides, the alt-milk is said to have a texture akin to nut-based milk, while it can also be refined to mirror dairy’s creamy texture.

For the uninitiated, signature micro-algae protein flour of Sophie’s Bionutrients was used to make the milk with similar essential amino acids as microalgae.

Co-founder of Sophie’s Bionutrients, Eugene Wang was quoted saying that they utilize the strength of nature to build a greener and sustainable future with environmentally friendly alternative food solutions. Wang dubbed micro-algae “the superfood of the future.”

He went on to explain that to transform the way people live, produce and consume food, more refinement with food and beverage producing partners would be required to introduce developments such as the first allergen-free micro-algae milk.

For the record, the microalgae are nurtured in a secured environment to enable the production of around 10-fold higher than traditional sunshine pond operations. This would help reduce cultivation costs attributed to micro-algae farming. The micro-alae can be fed food waste, including molasses, okara and spent grains.

About Sophie’s Bionutrients

The company is on a mission to cash in on the potentials of nature and do away with food allergies through plant-based and protein-rich alternatives to seafood and meat using microalgae. They won over USD 740,000 from Temasek Foundation’s the Liveability Challenge in 2019 and are expected to open their first urban protein production facility in Singapore in 2021.

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