Laboratory tests at Tweed. (Photo credit: JF Lange)
The example of Tweed in France
Globalization, changes in taste and agribusiness innovations, as well as changes in demographics and urban geography have caused an upheaval in food habits in developing countries. In a context where agricultural raw materials are subject to speculation, even though their availability is crucial for millions of individuals, the Nutriset Group has chosen to mobilize company teams on the optimal use of plant raw materials that are mainly grown and transformed in emerging areas. Ensuring access to animal proteins for the seven—and soon to be nine—billion people on the planet will be a real challenge for the agribusiness industry. In addition, food choices focusing on animal proteins have an impact on the environment. Today, we need alternatives.
This is why the Nutriset Group created Tweed in 2014. This research entity is at the crossroads of the various company businesses and directly echoes their mandate: "work together to provide access to high-quality food".
Within the Nutriset Group, Tweed was designed as an entity for the unfettered exploration of food science. The company designs new food products to provide solutions for issues related to protein supply, the consumption of newly arrived urban residents in developing countries and the optimal use of local raw materials. Since its creation in 2014, company dynamics have led to the development of new technologies in collaboration with Nutriset Group teams or with other partners. In 2016, there were two patent applications, 42 prototype creations and ten products launched or ready for launch. FasoTweed is the Burkina Faso branch. This R&D center enables making a realistic assessment of local needs and facilitates contact between research workers, NGOs and other Nutriset Group partners.