Everything you need to know about the alternative protein ecosystem in APAC.
Divya works to widen and deepen corporate engagement and partnerships across the alternative protein supply chain. Prior to joining GFI, Divya worked in consulting and strategy for eight years. She has experience working with governments and donor partners—including the World Bank and Asian Development Bank—on large-scale strategic and project implementation advisory engagements. She has designed and implemented multiple campaigns for government and non-government entities, and her professional experience spans a wide variety of countries, including Cambodia, India, the Philippines, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Togo, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom. Divya lives in India.
ARE determined that decarbonizing Asia's protein system will require peaking industrial animal production no later than 2030, while simultaneously ramping up development of alternative proteins like meat, dairy and eggs made from plants, microbes and cultivated animal cells.
"If nations prioritize the manufacturing and development of alternative proteins, the climate payoff could be colossal." - GFI APAC Managing Director Mirte Gosker
Mylk or milk? APAC plant-based dairy sector sees ‘no confusion’ amongst consumers regarding naming conventions
“[Label censorship] has not been a programmatic priority for GFI APAC, as Asian consumers already have deeper familiarity with plant-based milks and the many health benefits they offer.” - GFI APAC Managing Director Mirte Gosker
This article was written by Dr. Danai Georgiadou, a scientist from A*STAR’s Bioprocessing Technology Institute (BTI). She also contributes to CRISP Meats, a multi-institutional research programme led by A*STAR to address challenges faced by the industry, and accelerate the development and production of cultivated meat and seafood through public-private partnerships.
A common challenge for alternative-protein startups is that they need to spend a lot of their initial investment on new equipment. This means they can struggle to become pro table without heavy capital outlays. The government has therefore invested in relevant infrastructure such as innovation centres that help startups develop their products and raise capital.