Orkla to sell Renaissance’s acrylamide-reducing yeast to food manufacturers


Orkla Food Ingredients has signed an agreement to produce and sell Renaissance BioScience’s acrylamide-reducing yeast to food manufacturers in the Nordic and Baltic markets.

The new license agreement will be effective from the third quarter of this year.

Orkla Food Ingredients senior vice-president Thore Svensson said: “Renaissance’s acrylamide-reducing yeast has shown promising results in baked goods trials, and Orkla is pleased to be working with Renaissance to make this valuable advance in food safety available to food manufacturers.”

Canada-based Renaissance BioScience produces yeast-based products for global food and beverage companies.

The company claims that its acrylamide-reducing yeast has been successfully trialled in the large-scale baked goods and snack foods, as well as lab scale tests in fries and coffee.

"Orkla is pleased to be working with Renaissance to make this valuable advance in food safety available to food manufacturers.”

Last year, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted a Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) status to the yeast.

Renaissance BioScience chief business development officer Cormac O’Cleirigh said: “This is a key region for the introduction of our acrylamide-reducing yeast, given that it is where the presence of acrylamide has the highest level of consumer awareness.”

Renaissance and Orkla are currently working towards final product development and commercial rollout.


Image: The acrylamide-reducing yeast has been trialled in large-scale baked goods and snack foods. Photo: courtesy of Orkla.