Triton Algae Innovations is developing a production platform that’s capable of replicating cow milk proteins. The San Diego-based startup is focusing on building up a vegan algae product.
The “non-GMO ‘wild type’ whole algae ingredient” tastes similar to sweet parsley, the company reports. The algae product can be used in nutritional bars, cereals, yogurts, juices, smoothies, sports drinks, and energy drinks, Xun Wang, Ph.D. and president and CEO of Triton Algae Innovations told Food Navigator. The product also is protein-rich and contains all essential amino acids, omega-3 fatty acids, fibers, iron, and calcium.
The business is working on its algae “platform” with Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, single-celled freshwater green algae. This species of algae can grow “heterotrophically,” which means it gets its food and energy by consuming organic substances, in fermentation tanks. The proteins that the algae create have “the ability to express multiple proteins found in plants and mammalian