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Feb 03, 2022

Elemental announces first licensing deal

Elemental, the UK-based Agri-food tech company, has signed its first licensing agreement for its innovative protein and fat recovery process technology with one of Europe’s leading food processors.

The partnership, with Dawn Meats & Dunbia represents a significant milestone for Elemental as it expands the use of its patented process technology.

Dawn Meats & Dunbia supply major retailers, manufacturers and food service operators across the globe, working in 50 countries and processing 300,000 tonnes of meat each year. Elemental’s technology will enable Dawn Meats & Dunbia to capture up to 15 per cent more human edible food products for every carcase processed using this technology and help to reduce related emissions from transport.

Elemental’s innovative food manufacturing process technology connects directly to existing operations to recover food extracts in the form of high-quality proteins and fats which would otherwise be lost from the human food chain, producing fully traceable, sustainable, authentic food ingredients which can be used in a variety of products including ready meals, gravy and soup.

Dean Hislop, chief executive of Elemental said: “This deal marks a significant moment for Elemental, kickstarting the roll out of our technology. We have ambitious plans for sustained growth and helping to drive innovation in the meat industry. This agreement represents a major step forward in delivering on those plans.

“Dawn Meats & Dunbia are one of the leading global players in our industry and it’s no surprise to see them taking this lead in terms of making their processes more efficient and more environmentally sustainable. This agreement enables Dawn Meats & Dunbia to create new products and unlock new revenue streams while also reducing its carbon footprint and improving carcase utilisation.”

Niall Browne, CEO of Dawn Meats & Dunbia said: “We’re constantly looking for ways to increase the efficiency and sustainability of our operations. Elemental’s innovative new technology will assist us in the capture of valuable food grade ingredients. The resulting yield improvement is the meat equivalent of 30 - 40 kgs per carcase, adding value across the supply chain. The installation of this new technology is also expected to deliver 20 per cent of our annual Scope 1 reduction target, helping us to achieve an ambitious 58% overall reduction in absolute Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2030.”