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  • Writer's picturePhoebe Fraser

Aleph Farms partners with BBGI and Fermbox Bio on “Thailand’s first” cell-based meat facility

Aleph Farms has partnered with manufacturer and distributor of bio-based products BBGI and Fermbox Bio, a synbio research and manufacturing business, with the aim of increasing Southeast Asian capabilities in the cell-ag space.

BBGI is a Thailand-based company with a specific focus on biofuel products created through biotechnology. Fermbox Bio develops and delivers sustainable synbio products, leveraging microbial fermentation and synthetic biology.

Together the companies aim to produce cell-based meat at “Thailand’s first” production plant for cell-ag applications.

The new collaboration complements Aleph Farms’ growth strategy in Southeast Asia, which has been supported by previously announced partnerships in the region, including with Thai Union, a global seafood leader dedicated to sustainability and innovation.

This partnership with BBGI and Fermbox Bio focuses specifically on production enhancement, including elements devoted to cost optimisation and operational scale-up.

By increasing production capabilities for cell-based meat in Thailand, the partnership can help countries in Southeast Asia achieve a stable and reliable supply of high-quality animal-based nutrition for their populations.

Didier Toubia, CEO and co-founder of Aleph Farms, said: "A prudent, capital-efficient scale-up lets us navigate infrastructure investments thoughtfully, enabling sustainable penetration into key regions. This strategy aligns with our commitment to scaling up responsibly, avoiding abrupt, extensive CAPEX investments in the process."

Kittiphong Limsuwannarot, CEO of BBGI, commented: “We are pleased to partner with Aleph Farms and Fermbox Bio as we share our mutual goal of bringing sustainability and food security to the world. BBGI has the ability to contribute its manufacturing and operational excellence by using large-scale biomanufacturing to drive the next step of food production. This agreement aims to support the sustainable development of Thailand and the region in every aspect...with expected governmental support.”

Fermbox’s founder Subramani Ramachandrappa added: "Drawing upon our extensive experience in designing and operating large-scale biomanufacturing facilities, we are well-positioned to operationalise the shared objectives of this collaboration. We are excited to be part of this partnership – bringing together people and companies from across the world with complementary strengths to build the first-of-its-kind large-scale cultivated meat facility in Thailand."

H.E. Orna Sagiv, Ambassador of Israel to Thailand, concluded: "I am optimistic about the regulatory framework talks between Aleph Farms and Thai FDA, which started during the FoodTech event we held in Bangkok last year. I hope the dialogue will continue to be fruitful and will allow for the expansion of Aleph Farms’ operations in Thailand and beyond."


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