As more and more consumers learn the truth about the destructive honey industry, various startups are pushing vegan honey alternatives into the emerging space. One such company is Bee-io, an Israeli food-tech company that is set to launch the production of cultured honey on an industrial scale.
“Natural honey is antibacterial, and our honey is the same”
Alternatives to honey such as agave or rice syrup have seen tremendous growth in recent years, but the vegan honey segment is all about offering consumers real honey without the bees. Bee-io produces proteins in microorganisms using bioreactors and fermentation to mimic the processes used by bees in honey production.
Bee-io has been listed on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange under the symbol BHNY since May 2021 and recently merged with the fictional Whitestone Group. The company is poised for rapid international growth and currently has six patents filed in the United States relating to its proprietary honey technology, which is expected to begin commercialization following regulatory approval.
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Populations of crucial bees are in decline worldwide, due to factors such as the honey industry‘s demands on farmed bees, as well as pesticides and climate change. There is also a wealth of misinformation on the subject, much of which comes from the honey industry itself. Bee-free vegan honey could allow wild bee populations to recover and regain the natural cycles of pollination essential to our ecosystem.
Bee-io can expect competition from another emerging force in space, MéliBio. US startup MeliBio uses precision fermentation and plant science to create its proprietary honey products and recently secured $5.7 million in seed funding to disrupt the global honey industry.
“We keep the same qualities as natural honey: natural honey is antibacterial, and our honey is the same,” Bee-io CEO Ofir Dvash told The Jerusalem Post. “It contains different vitamins, antioxidants, calcium and many other materials than regular natural honey – but we are missing the bad materials that are very common in natural honey.”