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EvodiaBio - building a sustainable and tasty future!

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The lowdown on Danish startup EvodiaBio and its innovative tech that produces sustainable aromas for the food and beverage industry.

download (20).Have you ever thought about how the process of removing alcohol from beer to make non-alcoholic beer also removes the smell of beer? That’s rhetorical - of course you have. The process, which is usually heat-based, kills off that hoppy scent, and as we know, scent is a large part of how we taste - around 80% of what we think of as taste is actually the smell of what we’re eating or drinking.

So when a food or drink is messed with in some way, it will often end up changing the scent, and therefore the taste. Probably for the worse. So is there a way that we can develop things like non-alcoholic beer (a surprisingly booming market worth around $36.75 billion) without losing that scent?

YOPS-Bottles-Family-small.Danish biotech startup EvodiaBio thinks so. The startup has been working on a way to return the beer smell to non-alcoholic beer by doing science-based fermenty things with yeast to create monoterpenoids - molecules that can be added to non-alcoholic beer at the end of its brewing process. These molecules will return the hoppy aroma and taste to the final product. They call this proprietary aroma Yops. Because of the way Yops is created, it doesn’t need real hops, which immediately makes it far more sustainable than competitors who so use hops. Transportation and water used to grow crops cease to be factors, and the startup says that carbon emissions are reduced by 100 times.

At the end of 2022, EvodiaBio announced that they had raised $6.4 million in a funding round led by Nordic Foodtech VC. As well as greasing the wheels of the official launch of Yops, this funding will help as the startup proceeds with taking their expertise to other foods and drinks. As they state their goal: “The aim is to revolutionize a wide range of industries category by category – starting with beer.”



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Published on: 23rd January 2023

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