New $13m shared facility for small-batch food production gives boost to local food innovation

    SINGAPORE – Local corporations will now be higher outfitted to innovate and develop food merchandise, with the launch of a brand new $13 million shared facility for small-batch food production.

    The 1,107 sq m FoodPlant facility in Senoko Drive operates on a pay-per-use foundation which permits companies to take a look at merchandise in small batches with out an enormous preliminary capital outlay.

    It is predicted to profit a minimum of 200 food producers and help the event of a minimum of 400 new food merchandise by 2026.

    It was collectively launched by the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT), Enterprise Singapore (Enterprise SG) and JTC Corporation on Friday (April 22), and can assist additional Singapore’s food innovation scene.

    Firms will likely be ready to utilise the tools on web site, faucet analysis and growth consultancy companies, in addition to attend coaching and upskilling programs in food innovation.

    Food merchandise that are manufactured within the facility might be bought commercially, as FoodPlant is licensed by the Singapore Food Agency.

    Companies will likely be ready to trial new merchandise in small batches and promote them to customers to take a look at the market. This implies that companies can get suggestions on their merchandise at an early stage, enhancing the product growth course of.

    The launch of the facility, attended by Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat and New Zealand High Commissioner to Singapore Jo Tyndall, comes about 4 years after a memorandum of understanding was signed between the three organisations to arrange the shared facility for small-batch production.

    The growth of FoodPlant, a subsidiary of SIT, was delayed partly owing to the Covid-19 pandemic. Enterprise SG offered funding help for the facility.

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    In his remarks on the opening ceremony, Mr Heng outlined Singapore’s efforts in direction of food safety, together with making analysis and growth in food a key a part of the nation’s analysis efforts.

    At the identical time, commercialisation is essential, and a community of shared amenities will assist companies get to market extra shortly because it mitigates the often prohibitive value of food innovation, he mentioned.

    Mr Heng, who can be Coordinating Minister for Economic Policies, urged extra corporations to faucet FoodPlant to advance their capabilities and forge partnerships. 

    “Singapore, with our high food safety standards and diverse cuisines, is well placed to build on our trusted brand and export our food products to the region and beyond.”

    Among the tools accessible on the facility is a twin-screw extruder, which makes use of excessive moisture extrusion expertise to texturise plant-based protein to make meat and seafood options. This expertise can be utilized to make meat-like merchandise with textures resembling that of hen or fish.

    FoodPlant additionally has a retort machine, which supplies industrial sterilisation of food to prolong the shelf lifetime of merchandise saved below ambient situation, and evaluation devices which assist companies decide the traits of food merchandise to monitor their high quality and security.

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