The founding duo Neena Gupta-Biener and Johannes Biener present their innovative vegan foods. Image provided by VIFFFF

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VIFFFF plans automated pilot plant in Thun

07 February 2024 13:59

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Graz/Thun - VIFFFF is planning an automated pilot plant in Thun to produce the next generation of vegan fermented foods. For its decentralized production, the Graz-based startup uses regional raw materials. The capacity of the plant can be controlled flexibly, with eight tons planned.

VIFFFF has developed the next generation of vegan fermented foods. Using a patented fermentation process, it processes various types of grain, pseudocereals, pulses and millet into food. "Our Viffffs offer a complete meal and a healthy meat alternative," according to co-founder Neena Gupta-Biener. "They combine Asian and European fermentation cycles."

VIFFFF already produces its meat alternative in small quantities in Styria. According to a statement, the Graz-based startup is now planning an automated pilot plant in Thun in the canton of Bern. The production process will be controlled using artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things so that it can respond flexibly to demand. Production volumes of eight to 180 tons per year are planned.

The facility in Thun marks a step in VIFFFF's global growth. The company was one of six European startups to participate in the Next Kitchen program in Kobe, Japan in 2023. The company is planning to enter the South Korean market and already has an office in Seoul. ce/stk

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