SINGAPORE – Singapore’s first fully automated large-scale production line for plant-based protein products was launched on Wednesday, November 24, at a specialty food innovation facility in Woodlands.
The facility, owned by Growthwell Foods, a local company that recently changed its ambitions to become a global supplier of plant-based foods, is housed in JTC Food Hub @ Senoko, a seven-story industrial factory built specifically for the food innovation in Singapore.
The production line will be capable of producing 4,000 metric tonnes of plant-based products in a single year, enough to feed more than 1,600 people for a year, a spokesperson for Growthwell Foods told the Straits Times at the ‘event.
The plant’s output will also contribute to Singapore’s food security goal of producing 30% of its nutritional needs locally by 2030.
Growthwell Foods has also received generous funding from Temasek of Singapore for specialized equipment to install to dramatically improve the texture of its plant-based meat products to compete with other global plant-based meat suppliers. .
Temasek’s investment is just one example of the Republic’s general orientation towards intensive research and development (R&D) in agricultural technologies and high productivity innovation.
In April this year, the government launched the $ 60 million Agribusiness Cluster Transformation Fund, administered by the Singapore Food Agency (SFA), to support local farms adopting technology and improving their farming systems.
The SFA also injected around $ 23 million into 12 research projects on innovative methods of food production in the same month.
At the groundbreaking event at the facility on Wednesday, Minister of Sustainable Development and Environment Grace Fu said, “I have no doubts that our local businesses are living up to the challenge. opportunity by taking the initiative to develop local expertise and capacities in agricultural technologies. “
She added, “(The government) will continue to work closely with businesses and institutions to prepare and position Singapore as a leading regional R&D hub. “
Consumers can expect Growthwell Foods’ herbal products to be released by early 2022, under the Happiee! Brand. The products will cost around $ 8 for two servings of vegetable protein.
Its plant-based protein options include synthetic salmon patties made with konjac and chicken nuggets made with chickpeas.