Chilean start-up NotCo was awarded the Innovation Challenge from Roquette at the Future Food-Tech Summit in New York. Thirty-seven international food entrepreneurs competed for the award and three were shortlisted. The winner would benefit from Roquette’s expertise in food, nutrition and health in the future, as a fast-growing global leader in plant-based ingredients and pioneer of plant proteins.
NotCo, founded in 2015 in Santiago, Chile, by Matias Muchnick, Pablo Zamora and Karim Pichara, is a company that produces plant based dairy and meat alternatives. Their mission is to offer nutritious plant based alternatives for a healthier planet without compromising on taste.
The start-up company uses AI to design their products. “Giuseppe”, their algorithm, combines a new series of ingredients to create alluring textures, smells, colours and flavours. NotCo has placed its products in the market from Chile to Brazil and other countries in Latin American. So far these products include NotMayoTM, NotMilkTM, NotIceCreamTM and NotBurgerTM.
Matias Muchnick, co-founder and CEO of NotCo, says: “We are here to change everyday life for everyone, everywhere. One delicious, affordable bite at a time. We call on all food lovers and the food industry alike: Let’s do this together to help our planet!”
Jeremy Burks, Senior Vice President of Plant Proteins at Roquette, comments, “We want to be the best partner for companies around the world who share our belief and growth ambitions in plant-based foodservice. NotCo won the challenge thanks to its keen understanding of consumer expectations combined with innovative technology to unlock nature’s potential. By using artificial intelligence, they are bringing gastronomy into a new era. At Roquette, we are driving the current food revolution with brand new plant-based products and look forward to moving forward with our customers in their quest for exciting new gastronomic experiences.”