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Nordic Umami Company Oy

Finland
Market: Food industry
Stage of the project: Operating business

Date of last change: 17.08.2022
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Idea

Sustainable umami from circular ingredients. Unique technology to turn edible side products from the agricultural and food industries into great-tasting plant-based umami – for home or industrial use.

Current Status

First raw material partnerships signed with strong pipeline. First commercial product launched to Foodservice in May 2022 and consumer eCom launched in Aug 2022. Industrial customers testing liquid application in NPD, first production tests and launch decisions made with Nordic Umami liquid application as ingredient.

Problem or Opportunity

Nordic Umami Company solves food system problems in two ways. Firstly, we accelerate plant-based eating by producing umami seasoning solutions that make plant foods delicious. Secondly, we help raw material partners in their green shift by creating closed loop value chains and returning side streams that would otherwise be lost from the food system back to human consumption.

Solution (product or service)

The emission-reduction benefits of shifting to plant-based eating are well documented. Yet many people are still deterred by the taste of plant-based food. Or rather, its lack of taste. Plant-based food is often missing exactly what people crave the most: umami.

This is where we come in.

We have developed a natural way of using food technology to create plant-based umami from plant food side products. In this way we also tackle another aspect of the food system that we believe needs to be fixed: wasting edible food.

Business model

Creating value out of raw material partner side streams by creating umami solutions for industry, foodservice and consumers. Scalability through joint investments with raw material partners.
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