[27 February/Rural News Group]

Fonterra Co-operative Group has invested in a minority stake in Motif Ingredients, a US-based food ingredients company developing plant-based or cell-grown animal products including milk. Motif has been established by Ginkgo Bioworks, one of the world’s leading organism companies. Motif will use biotech experts to combine genetic science and fermentation technology to re-create and sell animal proteins and food ingredients. Judith Swales, Head of Global Consumer and Foodservice Business at Fonterra reported this move is to ensure the co-operative stays at the forefront of innovation in order to meet changing preferences of customers. Mrs Swales stated that dairy nutrition will always be the core of Fonterra’s business but the co-operative is looking at other ways to capture value and provide nutrition especially for future generations as global population continues to grow. Complementary nutrition such as plant, insect, algae and fermentation-produced nutrition is growing and Mrs Swales reports that these can co-exist against animal proteins such as cows’ milk in order to meet the world’s increasing need for food, especially protein. Jonathan McIntyre, CEO of Motif Ingredients states that Motif will propel the next food revolution to provide the world with more sustainable, affordable and accessible ingredients.