The facility - based at the company’s headquarters in Bryan, Texas - houses a packaging room, which enables BioVeritas products to be an easy drop-in replacement for certain traditional petrochemicals used as food ingredients, such as clean label mould inhibitors for baked goods. It also accommodates a scrub-in and gowning room; a process room where individual acid cuts will be converted into sodium or calcium salts; and a product drying room where salts of the acids will be converted into powder form.
Product samples produced at the facility will be sent to customers for full sensory testing in commercial plant environments.
It also allows manufacturers to verify that BioVeritas’ ingredients have an indistinguishable sensory profile and are as effective as petrochemical incumbents, which bring the company one step closer in revolutionising the ingredients space by advancing clean labelling and sustainability.
“Having reached food-safe production capability, BioVeritas is set to become one of the leading players in the clean-label movement,” said Stephen Toon, chief operations officer of BioVeritas.
“Our recent third-party shelf-life study showed that our cultured mould inhibitor proved to be just as effective as its petrochemical counterpart in tortillas, and 30% more effective than a leading clean label ingredient in both bread and tortillas without impacting the sensory profile of the finished product.”
BioVeritas - a portfolio company of Ara Partners, a private equity firm specialising in industrial decarbonisation investments - produces specialist products intended for innovative companies seeking natural solutions for food preservation, human and animal health and industrial materials.