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Food & Agriculture Innovators

Mike Betts from the Food & Agriculture Innovators Podcast and formerly Director of Investments at AgFunder sits down to interview entrepreneurs and investors from around the world building technology innovation to sustainably and profitably improve the global food system. Discover untold stories about how companies have been built, technologies on the horizon, where investors are seeing opportunities, and the challenges and opportunities abundant today as we work to feed the growing population.

Oct 4, 2017

Ed Rogers is the co-founder and CEO of Bonumose, a food ingredient technology company. The company’s patented process was invented by co-founder Dr. Dan Wichelecki and utilizes combinations of natural enzymes to convert plant-based raw materials into low cost, “good sugars” tagatose and allulose, that aim to mimic sucrose (or table sugar) and come with a host of claimed beneficial properties.

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In this interview, we cover:

  • [1:44] What are tagatose and allulose?
  • [14:24] Clinical research behind these sugars.
  • [16:40] How Tagatose and Allulose are made today at a high cost versus Bonumose’s use of enzymes to reduce the cost by more than 10x.
  • [22:18] How Bonumose got started, and the IP behind the company.
  • [34:13] What is needed to scale get broad scale adoption of these novel sugars.
  • [41:45] The case for sustainability in producing sugars this way.
  • [46:56] The suprising thing about food and beverage companies and their lack of confidence in consumers.

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