Under the deal, Blue Marble – which specializes in biomimetic techniques, microbial polyculture, and natural product development – will give Firmenich “direct access to key expertise, from biomimicry to non-GM fermentation, enabling the design of innovative and sustainable natural ingredients for the food, beverage and flavor industries,” said Firmenich flavors president Chris Millington.
“This is a win-win partnership, with Blue Marble Biomaterials technology complementing our leadership in flavor science, creation and consumer understanding.”
Dr. Jerome Barra, VP innovation and design at Firmenich’s flavor division, added: “Firmenich has leading capabilities in naturals, with our ability to source specific natural raw materials, and develop our own extraction processes.
“In addition, we have a proven track record in bringing natural ingredients to the market. Our collaboration with Blue Marble Biomaterials is an extension of these capabilities, enabling us to address consumers’ expectations for more transparent food and beverage experiences.”
Blue Marble's new 'Fermented Fusions' range - developed using novel fermentation techniques - utilizes a variety of renewable feedstocks to create flavors and sauces as formulation ingredients or as standalone products.
Blue Marble has also developed pathways for natural, vegan flavors and fragrances as substitutes for synthetic compounds in food ingredients and offers a full line of natural esters ranging from sweet and fruity aromas and flavors to more "robust and savory" fragrances. By changing the dilution level, the esters can also be used as solvents, lubricants, and cleaning solutions.