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Newly revealed cultivated milk start-up emerges from stealth mode

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For the last year-and-a-half, Senara has been operating in stealth mode and now claims to be Europe’s first cultivated milk company. The start-up is aiming to disrupt the animal milk market by creating milk that is not only more sustainable, but also more easily digestible for those with allergies. This aligns with current food and beverage industry trends and food manufacturing trends towards developing sustainable and healthier food options.

A major concern with most European diets is the high carbon footprint of milk, accounting for one-quarter to one-third of the total. Globally, UN FAO estimates that dairy production contributes around 4% of total anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions, aligning with the food and drink industry trend of sustainability. This has led Senara to develop a process that sources cells directly from milk instead of tissue of animals. This addresses food and drink industry innovation and food and drink sustainability by minimizing interactions with animals.

While Senara is not the only cultivated milk company in Europe, with Nūmi also in the market, it is unique in its process, as it aims to produce milk outside of cows and other dairy-producing animals. This innovation in food processing technology is key to addressing food and drink industry regulations and food and beverage distribution trends. Senara’s approach involves sourcing cells from the milk itself and developing a natural selection process to find the most efficient milk-producing cells.

By reinventing the process of sourcing cells from milk and utilizing a custom bioreactor, Senara is positioned to revolutionize the dairy industry. The company has already demonstrated a breakthrough in food and drink industry trends, with interest from various stakeholders looking to incorporate Senara’s cultivated milk into their own product lines.

The founder and CEO of Senara, Dr. Svenja Dannewitz, outlined that the cultivation process is designed to produce milk without the need for excessive purification, providing a more energy-efficient and sustainable solution. With food and drink consumer trends leaning towards healthier and more sustainable options, Senara’s focus on sustainability, nutrition, and digestibility is poised to capture a market that includes individuals with intolerances. The aim is to cater to a wider audience by offering not only standard milk but also A2 protein-rich and lactose-free options, meeting food and drink consumer trends that prioritize nutritional value and health concerns.

As Senara prepares to scale up for production, it plans to offer a range of cultivated milks, including buffalo, bison, donkey, goat, and sheep milks. The venture has caught the attention of investors and is being backed by various venture capital firms and angel investors. With Senara’s ambitious plans for the future, the company expects that cell-cultivated milk will become a standard option on supermarket shelves by 2028, appealing to food and drink industry marketing and food and drink packaging regulations.

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