Mission & Strategy
Evolva discovers and provides innovative, high value, sustainable ingredients - in particular for health, wellness and nutrition.
Nature contains a wealth of ingredients that can benefit humanity.
But many, indeed most, of these ingredients cannot be viably and sustainably sourced from nature. Most plants and animals are rare, few are suited to large scale agriculture, and none have evolved solely to meet the needs of people.
This limits the benefits that humanity can gain from natural ingredients. For example
- The difficulty of growing and harvesting the saffron crocus means saffron is priced out of the reach of most people.
- Most sweeteners from the stevia plant taste bitter as well as sweet.
- The anti-clotting agent Heparin – obtained from cows and pigs – is not as safe and standardised as one might ideally desire.
Sometimes the constraints are so severe that the ingredient, for all intents and purposes, does not exist. Thus none of the many promising ingredients found in corals are in use today, for the simple reason that no one knows how to sustainably and affordably farm coral.
Evolva exists to make such ingredients available. We make them more affordable, with better quality, and in more sustainable ways. In some cases we simply allow them to exist. And we do this by brewing. Rather than directly harvesting the ingredient from the plant, animal or coral, we transfer its genetic blueprint into the well-known food organism - yeast. We then grow this yeast in a fermenter, exactly as if we were making beer. But rather then make alcohol (we turn off yeast’s ability to make that) we instead make saffron, stevia, vanillin etc (we give yeast the ability to make them instead). We are a specialist brewer for the 21st century.
Evolva is a business to business company, providing ingredients (and technologies for making ingredients) to other companies, in particular in the food and beverage, consumer health and pharmaceutical sectors. We aim to be excellent at both the production of ingredients and the discovery and improvement of the benefits they bring.
We focus on high value ingredients with relatively low production volumes where our approach can provide significant health, wellness and nutrition benefits. This both fits our strengths as an innovative, entrepreneurial company and is in line with global macro-trends (increased wealth, growing and ageing populations, climate change) that mean sustainable ways to provide healthy and attractive ingredients will remain in strong demand.