Belfast-Based Plant-Based Food Start-Up In Talks With Companies To Manufacture Sustainable, Plant-Based Food
Belfast-based plant-based food start-up Born Maverick is in advanced talks with a number of multi-national food companies to manufacture sustainable, plant-based food.
As reported by The Irish News, Born Maverick, which is the brainchild of biotechnologist Azhar Murtuza and operates from the Innovation Factory in west Belfast, has used seaweed to develop products that replicate the taste and texture of prawns and scallops, and has already received interest from the US, Scandinavia and Singapore for its vegan seafood.
Born Maverick, which is reportedly backed by funding from Innovate UK, Invest NI and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), is reportedly also developing plant-based dairy products and iced lollies.
Born Maverick is reportedly currently in talks with a major dairy company in Sweden to manufacture its vegan ice lollies.
Murtuza reportedly said that work on plant-based milk, cream and yoghurt is also at an advanced stage, and, "We are working with one of the biggest dairy companies in the Nordic countries to develop this product. Companies in Scandinavia are very forward-looking. They think on a global scale and are all about sustainability."
Murtuza has reportedly also launched a new venture in collaboration with the University of Greenwich and University of Lincoln to extract proteins from seaweed sources, and reportedly said that his dream is to create a food innovation centre in Northern Ireland.
Mutaza reportedly said, "There is more and more space being taken up on supermarket shelves by plant-based products and that is why companies are showing interest.
"Why not come up with your own new foods rather than import them from other countries? This is the challenge ahead for the Northern Ireland food industry."
Innovation Factory Representative Statements
Stephen Ellis from the Innovation Factory reportedly described Murtuza as a born entrepreneur, inventor and innovator, and reportedly added, "It is very exciting to see him collaborating with companies throughout the world to come up with solutions to sustainable global food production.
"We are fully supportive of his plans to set up a food innovation centre in Northern Ireland."
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