Tetra Pak 2023 – Pilot project for sustainable food ingredients and processes

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At Tetra Pak Processing Solutions & Equipment (PSE), we innovate to enable a sustainable food system for the growing population with minimal impact on the planet. By leveraging our food application expertise and working with customers and leading external partners, we are creating the food industry of tomorrow with future-proof technologies.

Beginning life as a startup ourselves, we are always looking to innovate and disrupt the status quo. Looking towards 2030, we have ambitious targets related to sustainability, food safety, and health. We understand that we cannot do this journey alone and that partnering is key. Embracing open innovation, we at Tetra Pak are running win-win projects with leading innovators — such as yourself.

Again this year, Tetra Pak are looking for startups that are ready to begin the pilot project now. Tetra Pak provides financial cover for the entire pilot project and outcomes and IPs will stay with the startups themselves.

What’s in it for you?

Accelerate your development

  • Challenge and advance your solution with our engineering and technology experts
  • Accelerate development with support from our process engineers, food technologists, and software specialists
  • Benefit from our worldwide Technical and Product Development Centers Network
  • Utilize industrial-size test line-solutions with Tetra Pak’s core technology
  • Mix, heat, cool, homogenize, separate, purify, and concentrate your solution using the cutting-edge processing and filling equipment

Accelerate your business

  • Challenge your solution with experienced business development and sales experts
  • Access Tetra Pak’s world-wide network of partners, customers, and suppliers
  • Explore new opportunities and strategies to bring your solution to the market
  • Become the preferred supplier in a fast-paced target market

Why is Tetra Pak PSE an interesting partner for you?

We provide advanced food manufacturing solutions that complete Tetra Pak’s end-to-end offering to the food and beverage industry, fulfilling our commitment to “make food safe and available, everywhere”. Our food processing equipment covers applications such as dairy, cheese, ice cream, beverages, powder, and prepared food, serving over 5000 customers worldwide including Nestlé, Danone, and PepsiCo. Committing to ‘Protect What’s Good’, we aim to continue pushing for sustainable food systems. 

A female engineer working machines at a Tetra Pak plant.

In the past three years, with the support from Accelerace, Tetra Pak Processing held 21 explorations, 11 of which resulted in multiple pilots. Participating companies have benefited in several ways including:

  • Co-development and trialing of products
  • Scaling processes from lab to industrial scale
  • Knowledge transfer
  • Accessing Tetra Pak’s supplier network
  • Trialing with Tetra Pak’s data and customer insight

Moreover, a long-term agreement has been made with a startup, enabling further product development at Tetra Pak’s Product Development Centers. At the moment, we are in conversation with 4 more companies regarding long-term partnerships.

What's the process?

Open opportunities

Ingredients lens

For this year’s partnership, Tetra Pak is looking for companies that can provide one or more of the following:

  1. Affordable high nutritional ingredients:​
    • Alternative ingredients to the high protein from dairy (it can be hybrid versions, as tasteful as, as nutritional as)​
    • Affordable fibers​
    • Affordable oils and ingredients with mind boost claim (Memory, energy, reasoning)​
  2. Upcycled nutritional / functional ingredients (Waste/sustainability/affordability):
    • Nutritional/functional ingredients from upcycled raw material (not in scope: whey, BSG, Orange peel, or any vastly known upcycled ingredient)​
    • New food and beverage upcycling technologies​
  3. Ingredients to solve the plant based nutritional bioavailability problem:
    • Ingredients to be used in the same recipe, that way improving protein bioavailability and digestion in human body. E.g. Phytate to improve bioavailability through phytase activation
  4. Marine nutritional ingredients:​
    • In the scope: protein, rich oils, fibers and other nutritional aspects​
    • Out of the scope: any type of gum.​

Sustainability lens

For this year’s partnership, Tetra Pak is looking for companies that can provide one or more of the following:

  1. Solutions and measurements for minimizing product loss for food processing, including:
    • Knowing the amount of losses (measurement)​
    • Method of calculation and optimizing it​
    • Technical solutions to minimize product losses​
  2. Solutions for side-stream reuse/recycling/recovery in bioreactors waste stream from processing food*:​
    • Large scale water recovery​
    • Side-stream reuse in the process or reuse as raw materials for another product​
  3. Solutions for using CO2 or ingredients/nutrients made from food waste or other waste as upstream substrate for bioreactors (precision fermentation/biomass fermentation)
  4. Solutions for decarbonization.
    • Especially the plant wide integrations with for example solar pv⁠, solar thermal and heat pumps, electrical boilers, etc.