Apeel

Apeel

Plant-based protection,
longer-lasting produce

Apeel works with nature to reduce food waste and create abundance for all.

Entrepreneurs
James Rogers

Founded
2012

Partnered
2020

HQ
Goleta, California, USA

Category
Connecting the Value Chain


Food Gone Good

Food waste typifies the paradoxes of our global food system, where an estimated 40% of the food grown globally is never consumed, due to supply chain inefficiencies and consumer waste, while nearly 30% of the world’s population remains malnourished and food insecure (Source: FAO). Food loss between harvest and consumption also exacerbates the climate crisis, through wasted inputs (land, water, energy, fertilizers, pesticides), energy spent fueling a supply chain that fails to deliver nutrition, and greenhouse gases emitted from wasted food itself. Apeel was established to address these issues using plant-based solutions.

Apeel developed and produces plant-based coatings for fresh produce that act as a “second peel” to minimize water and gas transfer. This technology allows produce to preserve its freshness and nutrition, fight spoilage, maintain taste and texture, and extend shelf life by two times or more that of untreated produce. These coatings are applied via Apeel’s machinery, which integrates into the supply chain. The produce is also branded with Apeel’s logo, to indicate to consumers that the fruits and vegetables they buy are fresher and longer lasting.


Apeel’s technology brings system-wide impact. As Apeel’s product is integrated across the food system, fewer resources are wasted producing uneaten food, less plastic is required for food packaging, less fuel is expended in rapid shipping, less energy is wasted on in-store refrigeration, fewer GHGs are emitted from wasted food in landfills, and more people of all income levels have access to fresh fruit and vegetables in all parts of the world.

Aphea.Bio

Aphea.Bio

Applied Nature for a Better Agriculture

Aphea.Bio develops microorganism-based biopesticides and biostimulants.

Entrepreneurs
Isabel Vercauteren, Steven Vandenabeele

Founded
2017

Partnered
2020

HQ
Ghent, Belgium

Category
Accelerating Regenerative Agriculture


Next-Generation Agro-Biologicals for a Sustainable Future

Aphea.Bio develops new and superior agricultural biologicals. By focusing on microbial strains that improve plant nutrient uptake (biostimulants) and strains that protect against disease (biocontrol), Aphea.Bio provides farmers with innovative and sustainable solutions to reduce fertilizer and pesticide use.

Unravelling complex interactions and identifying beneficial microbial strains amongst the millions of microorganisms present in and around the plant requires solid scientific insights. To this end, Aphea.Bio has developed an innovative R&D platform bundling different technologies in bio-informatics and microbiome mapping, state-of-the-art microorganism culturing, high-throughput crop phenotyping and data analysis.

The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that pesticides are responsible for up to 5 million cases of poisoning each year, of which 20,000 are lethal. By providing biologicals, which can complement or substitute agricultural chemical products, Aphea.Bio leads the way to an urgently needed, more sustainable agriculture.

Isabel Vercauteren
CEO and Co-Founder

Astanor Ventures was the perfect lead investor in our Series B funding round. We both share the same ambition of making an impact on modern agriculture and moving towards a healthier and more sustainable food system.

HowGood

HowGood

The world’s largest sustainability intelligence database

Helping companies improve their environmental and social impact through the worlds largest sustainability database, Latis.

Entrepreneurs
Alexander Gillett, Arthur Gillet

Founded
2007

Partnered
2022

HQ
Stone Ridge, New York, USA

Category
Connecting the Value Chain


Leveraging data to meet the increasing demand for product transparency

HowGood is a SaaS data platform with the world’s largest database on food and personal care product sustainability. With more than 33,000 ingredients, chemicals and materials assessed, HowGood helps leading suppliers, brands and retailers understand and improve their environmental and social impact, through a global and detailed understanding of the impacts of their products.

Drawing from over a decade of research mapping the global supply system for a wide range of industries including food and cosmetics, HowGood´s solution addresses the growing demand for product sustainability and transparency across the value chain.

HowGood’s data set, which is consistently updated with the most recent findings from across over 500 sources, provides all-encompassing insights cover GHG emissions, water usage, labor risks, animal welfare, biodiversity, land use or soil health, among many others.These insights allow clients to improve purchasing decisions by measuring, comparing and analyzing the impact of both individual products and the aggregate impact across their portfolio of products. With HowGood’s solution, their clients become equipped to favor products with stronger positive or regenerative impacts across a portfolio of options.

HowGood’s impact starts with the companies it guides through product decisions and has a ripple effect that influences the entire value chain. Because their solution provides easily comparable information on product attributes, the HowGood ratings system encourages producers to boost sustainability across their products, and allows retailers, and ultimately consumers, to make sustainability-driven purchases and reward those brands with the highest positive impact.

Alexander Gillet
CEO and Co-Founder

Astanor’s shared values in technology and planetary health make them the ideal partner for us. Together, HowGood and Astanor will support a regenerative and sustainable food system that harnesses the power of data with actionable insights.

Calyxia

Calyxia

Going beyond chemistry to build a green and advanced world

Introducing the world’s 1st sustainable and high-performance microencapsulation technology

Entrepreneurs
Jamie Walters

Founded
2015

Partnered
2021

HQ
Paris, France

Category
Accelerating Regenerative Agriculture


Leveraging the power of green chemistry to end global microplastic pollution

Calyxia has developed, through 25 years of fundamental research in colloid science, a unique technology to produce the world’s first readily biodegradable and advanced performance microcapsules, to directly combat global microplastic pollution.
Through decades of pollution, there are now over 200 million tonnes of microplastics in our oceans and rivers. Microplastics are found in over 210 commercially important species of fish, in over 90% of all tap and bottled water worldwide.

Today, microplastics are intentionally added to agriculture products to enhance crop yield, and to everyday products such as laundry detergents and shampoos, to provide long-lasting fragrance sensations. In addition, microplastics are generated by the deterioration of plastic materials used in automotive, electronics and sporting goods.
In agriculture and everyday products, Calyxia microcapsules offers a biodegradable and resource efficient solution to replace and eliminate intentionally added microplastics. In advanced materials, Calyxia microcapsules provide a game-changing solution for manufacturers to create lighter, stronger and more durable materials. They prevent plastic materials from breaking down, by increasing the wear resistance and prolonging the product lifespan in-use by over 10 times.
Calyxia partners with world-leading manufacturers in agriculture, home care and advanced materials to take on the war on microplastics and build a green and advanced future for all.

Jamie Walters
CEO & Founder, Calyxia

Astanor is world-renowned firm, with an unparalleled network and expertise in high-impact green innovations. Partnering with Astanor is accelerating our international expansion and global product deployment. Together, we will play a pivotal role on the war against microplastic pollution.

Cervest

Cervest

Climate risk, managed

Cervest helps stakeholders along the value chain make informed, intelligent decisions for resilience on a changing planet.

Entrepreneurs
Iggy Bassi

Founded
2015

Partnered
2019

HQ
London, UK

Category
Accelerating Regenerative Agriculture


Decoding climate complexity with asset-level climate intelligence

Cervest is building an AI climate intelligence platform to empower humans to make informed climate decisions by automatically quantifying and standardizing asset-level climate risk for any physical asset on Earth, across any timescale and scenario.
Climate uncertainty is reducing the security of all physical assets, costing us billions today and forecast to cost trillions in the future. Yet today, decision-makers still rely on generalized, complex and fragmented data to understand the climatic impact on their assets.

Cervest believes that everyone deserves Climate Security – its open platform provides everyone with a shared view of reality, equipping enterprises, governments and communities with an early, independent and Science-backed intelligence that can be integrated into billions of critical decisions, including disclosure (incl. TCFD), asset planning, investments, and near- and long-term strategies, reducing climate uncertainty and driving better outcomes for both organisations and our planet.

Underpinned by a Bayesian statistical framework, its proprietary Earth Science AI continuously ingests and harmonizes otherwise siloed datasets and multiple climate sciences, leveraging probabilistic machine learning algorithms to learn across billions of data points to generate a unified and quantified view of historic, forecast and simulated risks on assets, portfolios and supply chains and uncover traditionally uncorrelated insights.

Iggy Bassi
CEO

The Astanor team uniquely fuses a deep understanding of data applications, statistical applications and how to build global companies – and their track record in Silicon Valley and Europe is compelling.

Current Foods

Current Foods

Sushi and poké lovers, rejoice! Plant-based seafood is here.

Current Foods provides delicious alternatives to traditional seafood.

Entrepreneurs
Sònia Hurtado, Jacek Prus

Founded
2019

Partnered
2020

HQ
San Francisco, USA

Category
Innovating Agrifood Transformation Processes


A taste of the ocean, but there’s nothing fishy going on here.

Meticulously formulated over two years by a team that has spent decades working in food science, Current Foods has always gone one step further than making plant-based seafood – the company makes seafood…that just happens to be made from plants.

Their next-generation tuna and smoked salmon provide nutritious, plant-based seafood options without the environmental and ethical consequences.

Current Foods uses 100% plant-based ingredients including algae, bamboo, peas, and radish to provide consumers a taste of the ocean while staying true to its plant-powered roots.

The company’s first product, a raw tuna replacement (named one of 2021’s Best Inventions by Time Magazine) was their first step in their mission of bringing a sustainable alterative to raw seafood to market. The company’s plant-based tuna and smoked salmon are rich in protein, B12 and omega 3 and can be used in any recipes that call for sushi-grade fish.
 
Conventional tuna and salmon fishing have practically led to the collapse of ocean populations due to heavy overfishing. And while traditional raw tuna and salmon have many health benefits, large fish often contains high levels of environmental toxins and microplastics.

Current Foods’s differentiation lies in the taste and texture of the product, which closely mimics the mouthfeel of raw fish. This culinary experience, combined with a delicious taste, allows Current Foods to succeed in truly replacing tuna and salmon such as in poke bowls, sushi rolls and ceviche.

Jacek Prus
CEO

Astanor is not only providing us crucial funding during this next stage of growth but also equipping us with their industry expertise and network in the plant-based food space, vital to Current Foods’ long-term success.

DEMI

DEMI

Where You Build Your Food Community

A global community where people passionate about food can connect, inspire and learn from each other

Entrepreneurs
Ian Moore, Lisa Grimm

Founded
2020

Partnered
2020

HQ
Copenhagen, Denmark

Category
Connecting the Value Chain


Changing the way people connect through food

While food culture is huge online, it is not representative of food as we see and experience it in our daily lives. Food online is way more of a show than a dinner party. Demi is on a mission to change that, building the tools for culinary entrepreneurs to easily connect their food people, get them talking and ultimately create thriving communities.
Demi’s platform is giving chefs and customers a way to connect and build community, transforming social media into a deeply meaningful and mutually beneficial experience. The platform provides chefs with the simple tools to share content, foster dialog, build direct connections with their fans and earn revenue. Consumers get the chance to engage with their favorite chefs and one another, receive exclusive content, share their own stories and creations and explore new ideas in a positive environment.

Demi is tapping into the transition of the broader restaurant industry, which is moving to a much more direct, fluid interaction between chefs and consumers.
Through connecting consumers with professional chefs and advocating for the importance of fresh, high-quality ingredients, Demi makes cooking fresh, healthy meals available and easy. The platform helps build additional revenue streams for small businesses through direct connections made between chefs and consumers.
Demi creates a space where excited, curious people can come together, commerce more interesting and more sustainable for all parties involved. This approach allows for more voices to be heard, more knowledge and inspiration to be shared, and an actual social experience to be realized.

Ian Moore
Co-Founder

It’s exciting to work with forward-thinking people who genuinely appreciate and champion food’s ability to create and nourish community. Astanor thinks deeply about these things and is a perfect partner for us.

garten

garten

Wellbeing at work, wherever you are

Garten provides fresh, nutritious food to workers at the office and at home.

Entrepreneurs
Michael Heinrich

Founded
2014

Partnered
2019

HQ
Burlingame, California, USA

Category
Connecting the Value Chain


Empowering people to lead healthy, productive lives

Research has proven that health and productivity go hand in hand, and the more healthful foods people consume during the day, the happier, more engaged and creative they become. Despite this, much of the food consumed in offices is unhealthy and highly processed. With up to 50% of meals being consumed at work, employees struggle to meet their health goals while employers suffer from decreased productivity. garten was founded to address these issues and to empower people to live healthy and blissful lives, no matter where they work.
garten is a workplace kitchen concierge serving nutritious snacks and meals through an innovative wellness platform that supports employees working in the office or at home. The company is redefining the enterprise food services sector by bringing wellness to the workplace and by educating the workforce around the benefits of good nutrition. garten incorporates AI and IoT technology to enhance supply chain management and improve personalized nutrition in the workplace. With its careful sourcing practices, garten also creates significant demand and revenue for organic and regenerative food producers in the areas where it operates. Beyond its diversity of food offerings, garten offers wellness services, such as yoga and meditation, to further improve employee health and happiness.

garten provides workplaces food that is 100% traceable, sourced locally within a radius of no more than 80 miles, and majority organic (>95%). The menu always includes vegetarian options, and 5% of leftover food is donated to cut down on waste.
By partnering with workplaces, garten can improve the diets of many people at once: individual users get access to personalized data, advice and food that meet their individual goals and health needs, while employers get access to a scalable, integrated platform that improves employee retention, morale and productivity. Research has shown that employees who eat healthily at work outperformed their less healthy peers by 25% (Source: British Journal of Heath Psychology).

Michael Heinrich
CEO

I feel incredibly fortune to have the entire Astanor team as a partner. Their incredible care and congruence in values and foresight during board meetings makes me feel at ease and deeply supported.

The Gut Stuff

The Gut Stuff

Empowering gut health in every body

The Gut Stuff aims to ensure that everyone has access to the food and knowledge to support their gut health.

Entrepreneurs
Lisa Macfarlane, Alana Macfarlane Kempner

Founded
2017

Partnered
2019

HQ
London, UK

Category
Innovating Agrifood Transformation Processes


Let’s gut serious

Rapidly growing interest in the gut and gut microbiome health reflects the increasing challenges society faces from chronic diseases, such as diabetes, obesity, depression and anxiety. Research increasingly demonstrates the deep link between gut and gut microbiome health and physical and mental health outcomes. One of the simplest ways to improve gut health is through increased regular fiber consumption to meet the recommended 30g of fibre per day (Source: the Lancet). However, many people struggle to reach their daily fiber recommendation. Fewer than 1 in 10 people in the UK eats the recommended amount of daily fiber (Source: WHO). The Gut Stuff aims to ensure that everyone has access to the food and knowledge to support their gut health – at price points that are accessible to all.

The Gut Stuff has made it its mission to educate people of all ages and backgrounds about the importance of a healthy gut and gut microbiome. The company complements its educational website and trainings with accessible, nutritious products that consumers can easily incorporate into their daily routines. Beginning with a fiber bar, The Gut Stuff is building a suite of gut-loving products. With the help of their scientific advisors, the team will continue to support their community in understanding and accessing products and practices to support their guts.
The Gut Stuff’s foundation in cutting-edge gut microbiome science and focus on universal access to gut health is consistent with Astanor’s belief that food is the best medicine and that all people have a right to the foods that will enable their health.

Lisa Macfarlane and Alana Macfalane Kempner
Co-CEOs

Astanor is supportive but not intrusive, and the team is always there when we need them. As young founders, we need all the experience around us, and Astanor give us that in spaces.

Hyris DNA

Hyris DNA

Food identity uncovered, one test at a time

The Hyris platform offers the disruptive capability to perform genetic analysis of biological samples in any kind of setting.

Entrepreneurs
Stefano Lo Priore

Founded
2014

Partnered
2019

HQ
Milan, Italy

Category
Connecting the Value Chain



From olive oil to viruses, Hyris is providing safety and reassurance

With as much as 10% of all foods we consume tainted by adulteration, food scandals are on the rise all over the world (Source: Federation of American Scientists). As more and more leading food companies suffer supply chain disruption and reputational damage, so too has their leadership become laser-focused on quality assurance and supply chain transparency.

Hyris offers distributed genetic testing that’s more convenient and scalable than existing options. Hyris aims to create global impact by providing the industries it serves, the first at-scale library of food safety data. It does this through its distributed network of bKITS (bespoke sets of reagents for specific DNA sequences) and bCUBES (a miniaturized portable device).

Hyris has focused its application on the nutrition sector, while also working with adjacent and complementary fields, such as pharmaceuticals, virology and epidemiology. In recent months, Hyris has been granted major regulatory authorizations for COVID-19 testing, including a ground breaking approval for point of care diagnostics by Health Canada.