Coming Soon: Bee-Free Honey

Nov. 15, 2022
Dutch ingredients company Fooditive will begin production trials of biofermented honey in 2023.

Biofermentation is producing real milk without cows and stevia without the plant; soon it will be creating a bio-identical honey that eliminates the need to intensively farm honeybees.

Fooditive, a Netherlands-based ingredients firm, says it will begin large-scale production trials of the world’s first 100% bee-free honey in the New Year. “Fooditive aims to create a scalable, provenanced supply,” the company said in today’s (Nov. 15) announcement. “As well as providing all the benefits of traditional honey, this will address consumer concerns about animal welfare and sustainability.”

Leveraging the same patented biotech process already used to create Fooditive’s vegan casein, which was launched last year, honey DNA is copied into a proprietary strain of yeast. When fed with nutrients and precision-fermented to replicate the metabolic processes that occur in the honeybee stomach, this yields a product with the same characteristics and functionality of bee-produced honey – “from taste, colour and viscosity to its health benefits,” the company writes.

The production trials will recreate the lab-proven concept in 1,000-litre fermenters, with samples to be made available for potential customers to try and test out in their own applications.

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Dave Fusaro | Editor in Chief

Dave Fusaro has served as editor in chief of Food Processing magazine since 2003. Dave has 30 years experience in food & beverage industry journalism and has won several national ASBPE writing awards for his Food Processing stories. Dave has been interviewed on CNN, quoted in national newspapers and he authored a 200-page market research report on the milk industry. Formerly an award-winning newspaper reporter who specialized in business writing, he holds a BA in journalism from Marquette University. Prior to joining Food Processing, Dave was Editor-In-Chief of Dairy Foods and was Managing Editor of Prepared Foods.