The Supply Chain

Where Evolva fits in

Most ingredients are today made in one of two ways: either they are chemically “synthesised”, normally from petrochemical feedstocks, or they are extracted and purified from agricultural materials.

For some ingredients these approaches work well and there is no role for fermentation to improve their production or properties. For many others, the existing methods fall short, and it is on these ingredients that Evolva works.

Most ingredients are then further formulated to (for example) improve their solubility, mixability or to standardise their properties. And it is these formulated or mixed ingredients that are then used in the final product.

Where does science fit in?

The last few decades have seen increasing use of fermentation to make products such as insulin and vitamins. Brewed ingredients represent a natural progression of this trend. All of it has required advances in the underlying science.

Fermentation science allows us to make ingredients from baker’s yeast in a better, faster and  cheaper. It allows the creation of new products or product extensions from that would otherwise not exist because they cannot be economically, efficiently, sustainably or ethically produced.

Science has also given us an improved understanding of ecology, and the ability to measure the flow of energy and materials in any process. This allows us to better measure a given production method’s carbon footprint, energy input, waste output, water and land use and to identify how to reduce the overall impacts on the planet and society.

Product labelling and transparency

Most of us are not label readers. Most of us base our purchasing decisions on other things.

But what if you do want to know more – about the company that made the product, how it was made, and the ingredients it contains? Surely you should be able to find out. Without getting into the complex debate about exactly what should or should not be on the label, it seems clear that most companies need to be doing more to provide such information, if not on the label itself, then using the label as a portal via which information can be readily accessed.

Evolva is a small company occupying an early position in the supply chain. We do not normally get any say in what is on a product’s label. What we can do is to encourage our customers and partners to be transparent in their turn. And we can ourselves be transparent about how we make things, which is what we endeavour to be on this website and elsewhere.

Read the Evolva statement on new GMO ingredients label law in U.S.

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