World’s largest fermented protein facility
Food tech company ENOUGH (formerly 3F BIO) announce the start of construction for its first of its kind protein factory, targeted as the largest new non-animal protein farm to be built worldwide in 2022. The factory will be operational in 2022 with initial capacity to produce 10,000 tonnes per annum, the equivalent of more than 5 cow’s worth of protein every hour. The 15,000 square metre (160,000 square feet) facility is co-located alongside the Cargill facility in Sas van Gent in the Netherlands. The location and collaboration with Cargill will ensure the most efficient feed source, as well as supporting zero-waste advantages of ENOUGH’s product. The investment initially creates 25 new jobs and this will double with plans for more than 50,000 tonnes of capacity by 2027.
Synergy between two companies
Albert Meiresonne, manager at Invest in Zeeland: "The synergy between global player Cargill in Sas van Gent as supplier of the required raw materials and Enough was soon visible. There was room around Cargill in Sas van Gent for the construction of this new factory and that made Zeeland the best location for this company. In collaboration with both companies and with Invest in Holland, Invest in Zeeland has guided the company in this choice of location. This innovative industry also brings high-quality employment, putting Zeeland on the map as an attractive business location sets".
ENOUGH produce ABUNDA® mycoprotein, fermenting fungi using renewable feedstocks to make the most sustainable source of food protein. Using fermentation to meet future food protein needs is widely recognised as being the most effective solution to feed a growing planet.
Bio Based Europe
The new facility is one of 11 Flagship projects which have support from the circular Bio Based Europe Joint Undertaking, contribute to enhancing sustainability and creating new bio-based jobs and products. The flagship facility has received €16.9 million funding as part of project Plenitude which involves partners from the full value chain ENOUGH’s process is readily scalable to use any locally grown feedstock and with plans to extend beyond Europe ENOUGH targets growing over a million tonnes by 2032. This is the equivalent of replacing 5 million cows, over 1.2 billion chickens, reducing more than 6 million tonnes of CO2 emissions or the equivalent of planting more then 30 million trees. To mark this milestone a Ground-breaking event takes place at the site location on 16 September 2021.
Hunger and passion
Jim Laird, CEO of ENOUGH said “Demand for non-animal protein is forecast to grow at 15,000 tonnes per day for the next 5,000 days. ENOUGH uses technology which is scalable today to contribute towards this protein transition, and work with customers who share our hunger and passion for great tasting products that taste as good as and cost not more than the animal alternative. We are extremely privileged to have the support from the Bio-Based industries Joint Undertaking and the strength of some amazing collaborative partners in Project Plenitude to help address this.”
Boost local economies
BBI JU Executive Director, Philippe Mengal said “The Plenitude project addresses some of the fundamental challenges of our times addressed by the European Green Deal, in particular those related to climate mitigation and food security. The project’s focus on sustainable production of alternative proteins holds a significant promise to reduce carbon emissions and help meeting European climate goals. Moreover, Plenitude will support the growth of the European bio-based industries and boost local economies by attracting additional private investments and generating thousands of jobs in rural areas.”
Valuable and sustainable
Franck Monmont, Managing Director for Cargill’s Starches, Sweeteners and Texturizers business in Europe added: “As global demand for protein continues to rise, this collaboration with ENOUGH serves as another avenue to help realize our mission of nourishing the world in a safe, responsible and sustainable way. At Cargill, we are committed to bringing alternative and traditional protein source options to the table. We see ENOUGH’s mycoprotein as a valuable and sustainable alternative source of protein and are looking forward to our collaboration in the years to come.”