SAN MATEO, California – (BUSINESS WIRE) — Commissioning began at the world’s first commercial-scale FeedKind plant.® an enterprise for the production of a new sustainable functional protein, in the production of which no ingredients of animal or vegetable origin are used.

Calysseo, a joint venture between global animal nutrition leader Adisseo and protein manufacturer Calysta, will produce 20,000 tons of FeedKind.® Aquaprotein annually from Chongqing, China.

Microbial protein is produced by natural fermentation, which uses no arable land, animal or plant matter, and uses very little water in its production. The products will initially be available for use in China, the world’s largest aquaculture market.

Working under the COVID-19 restrictions, the Calysseo team followed the schedule of the iconic facility, i.e. FeedKind.® should be delivered to the first customers this year.

Jean-Marc Doublant, CEO of Adisseo, said: “This is an important milestone towards more sustainable forms of food production. Calysseo and FeedKind are the first in the world to offer a sustainable, nutritious, non-GMO protein that offers significant health benefits over other feed ingredients, such as improved gut health and enhanced immune response.”

“We have a long-standing commitment to improving the safety and sustainability of the feed ingredients market, and Calysseo delivers on a significant part of that commitment. We will provide Chinese customers with reliable domestically available protein sources that meet their specific needs; made in China for China.

“We look forward to working with our customers as they begin to integrate this product into their supply chains.”

FeedKind® is part of a family of ingredients developed by Calysta that harness the power of a natural microorganism that consumes inexpensive, earth-free carbon sources, turning it into a non-GMO, nutrient-rich protein ideal for food and feed.

The global aquaculture market is experiencing explosive growth and is expected to become the third largest source of animal protein with a production volume of over 100 million tons.

Meanwhile, by 2050 the human population will grow to 10 billion, which means a growing demand for proteins.

Alan Shaw, Ph.D., co-founder, CEO and president of Calysta, said: “Cellular agriculture, in which protein is grown in a controlled environment, is key to helping the world meet its future food needs. Today will go down in history as an extremely important moment in the development and delivery of new sustainable protein sources to meet growing global demand.”

“For Calysta, today is the culmination of years of unrestricted protein development that meets our growing demand for protein while protecting biodiversity. It also marks the beginning of a new phase in the Calysta story as we work to develop additional protein ingredients for food and feed.”

“We are proud to celebrate this milestone with our partner Adisseo. and look forward to a successful relationship for years to come.”

The strategic partnership between Adisseo and Calysta directly addresses one of the most important opportunities in aquaculture – to produce high quality seafood without additional environmental impact.

Pierre Casamatta, Co-Managing Director of Calysseo added: “Beginning commissioning at our first site on schedule is a moment that I am incredibly proud of. We are doing something that has never been achieved on such a scale before – reaching this milestone in such a short time during the extremely difficult impact of COVID-19 is incredibly rewarding and a testament to the skill and commitment of the Calysseo team, as well as our JV partners.”

“We look forward to the first product off the line and FeedKind’s entry into the Chinese aquaculture market.”

FeedKind® has been validated over several years after extensive testing on several popular aquaculture species including sea bass, bream and salmon. Kasetsart University in Thailand recently discovered the clear benefits of shrimp, according to FeedKind.® Promotes strong, healthy growth and also helps to activate the shrimp’s immune response to Vibrio, the causative agent of early death syndrome.

Since its discovery in 2009, EMS has damaged the Asian aquaculture market, causing billions of dollars in losses.

The Calysta protein platform is also approved for use in livestock and pet food.

Allan LeBlanc, Head of Animal Feed at Calysta, said: “Achieving this milestone follows decades of work and I am proud and excited to finally introduce FeedKind to the world’s largest aquaculture market. Over the years, we have proven that FeedKind is an extremely effective product that can help solve a range of problems for feed producers and farmers.”

The JV partners are now focused on advancing the next phase of development, bringing production up to 80,000 tons per year. The first material from Calysseo is expected at the end of the year.

FeedKind® help reduce pressure on wild fisheries. When used in place of conventional protein sources 100,000 tons of FeedKind® may mean that between ca. 420,000–450,000 tons of wild-caught fish could be saved. Used instead of vegetable proteins the same amount of FeedKind® it was possible to release as much as 535 km2 land and save 9 billion liters of water.

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Oh Calista

Calista, Inc., San Mateo, California, is a biotech company committed to a future where a growing world population guarantees food security. Calysta’s goal is to produce protein without limits by fermenting cheap, land-free carbon sources to create new feeds and foods, creating sustainable, valuable nutritional ingredients that do not interfere with the human food chain.

FeedKind®, produced using very little water and without the use of agricultural land by fermenting cheap, land-free carbon sources to create a safe, nutritious, traceable and affordable protein. Produced by natural fermentation, it is non-GMO, price-competitive with existing protein sources, and produced to the highest quality standards. FeedKind® successfully commercially validated in extensive consumer trials in aquaculture and agriculture.

About Adisseo

Adisseo is one of the world’s leading experts in feed additives. The group relies on its 8 R&D centers and manufacturing sites located in Europe, the US, China and Thailand to develop, manufacture and market food solutions for sustainable pet food.

With over 2,520 employees, the company serves approximately 3,900 customers in over 110 different countries through its global distribution network.

In 2021, Adisseo’s turnover reached 1.69 billion euros.

Adisseo is one of the main subsidiaries of China National BlueStar, a leader in the Chinese chemical industry, with approximately 19,920 employees and a turnover of 9.4 billion euros.

Adisseo is listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange.

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