SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., April 25, 2019 (PRNewswire) — Clara Foods on Thursday announced its Series B financing, led by global ingredient solutions leader Ingredion. Clara Foods is a market leader in engineering, manufacturing and formulating animal-free, animal proteins as ingredients for the global food and beverage industry. Leveraging advanced fermentation to produce functional and nutritional proteins from microorganisms, Clara is reimagining the factory farm model that underpins industrial animal agriculture with a more sustainable, kinder and healthier alternative.
This round of financing will fast-track commercialization of the world's first chicken-less egg proteins, expand research and development capabilities, and broaden Clara's product roadmap into many other animal proteins beyond the initial focus on egg white proteins.
"We see extraordinary value in partnering with Ingredion to distribute our products globally and look forward to jointly transforming the status quo," said Arturo Elizondo, Founder and CEO of Clara Foods. "Ingredion has been a global supplier to the food industry for more than a century and is as committed as Clara to satiating the massive unmet consumer demand for animal-free proteins."
The announcement comes after four years of Clara Foods quietly developing its protein production platform and raising an unannounced $15M Series A led by The Production Board in 2016. Other investors joining Ingredion in this round include B37 (a strategic partner of Grupo Bimbo, the world's largest baking company), Hemisphere Ventures, SOSV, among others.
Clara also announced a global partnership agreement with Ingredion. Under the agreement, the companies will work together to jointly develop, market and globally distribute novel, highly functional protein ingredient products that enable food and beverage companies to produce products with higher levels of protein, unique characteristics, and lower costs without the inclusion of animal-derived inputs.
"We're excited to be working with Clara Foods as they have pioneered groundbreaking technology that allows a more sustainable and cost-effective production of proteins traditionally found in animal-derived products," said Tony DeLio, senior vice president, corporate strategy and chief innovation officer. "We see tremendous need and increasing demand for highly functional animal-free proteins in multiple applications including foods, beverages and supplements."
Clara's proprietary yeast fermentation technology aims to reduce the production and environmental costs of functional proteins traditionally derived from animals. The Company's clean label ingredients also deliver additional benefits that solve for animal welfare and public health issues that have historically plagued traditional systems.
This latest funding round and global commercial partnership will enable Clara Foods to further its mission of decoupling the world's most powerful proteins from the animals that make them.
About Clara Foods
Clara Foods, headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, is the market leader in engineering, manufacturing and formulating animal-free, animal proteins as ingredients for the global food and beverage industry. Leveraging advanced fermentation to produce functional and nutritional proteins from microorganisms, the Company is reimagining the factory farm model that underpins industrial animal agriculture with a more sustainable, kinder and healthier alternative. Clara Foods is on a mission to decouple the world's most powerful proteins from the animals that make them. For more information, visit clarafoods.com.