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The Bel Group Partners With Climax Foods; Cécile Béliot, Caroline Sorlin, and Dr. Oliver Zahn Detail

The Bel Group Partners With Climax Foods; Cécile Béliot, Caroline Sorlin, and Dr. Oliver Zahn Detail

Monday, April 17th, 2023

A cutting-edge partnership has come to fruition in the dairy sector as The Bel Group has teamed up with biotech start-up Climax Foods. The alliance was formed to create a new generation of plant-based cheese, combining pleasure and nutrition while reducing the company’s carbon footprint.

Cécile Béliot, Chief Executive Officer, The Bel Group"Food is a key lever to address climate change, and we at Bel have a strong determination to explore new territories and develop innovative solutions that will define the future of food, for all," commented Cécile Béliot, Chief Executive Officer of The Bel Group. "The products we will develop in partnership with Climax have the potential to make a big difference: they can meet the three-fold challenge of sustainable, nutritious, and accessible. This collaboration epitomizes our co-innovation strategy by combining their distinctive technological data science and AI platforms and expertise with Bel's pioneering and historical knowledge."

Together, both companies will utilize data science, artificial intelligence, and their complementary capabilities and expertise to co-create plant-based portions of Laughing Cow®, Kiri®, Boursin®, Babybel®, and Nurishh® brand foods. According to a release, these new plant-based offerings aim to be nutritious, affordable, and more environmentally friendly.

The Bel Group has teamed up with biotech start-up Climax Foods to create a new generation of plant-based cheese

To support the development of Climax’s solution, Bel acquired an equity stake in the company.

Dr. Oliver Zahn, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Climax Foods"AI and data can be game changers in food in terms of delivering optimal taste and texture while at the same time making it affordable and sustainable. Evolving recipes over time is what we've been doing for hundreds of years," added Dr. Oliver Zahn, CEO and Founder of Climax Foods. "In addition to changing consumer preferences, climate change requires us to accelerate the evolution of food. Together with Bel, we can make a significant positive impact so that people and the planet are better off."

Climax's team of food scientists has already succeeded in creating various prototypes with all the characteristics of specialty cheeses, including blue, brie, feta, and goat varieties. Bel aims to launch these new plant-based products in the United States and Europe by the end of 2024, contributing to its goal of creating a portfolio that is 50 percent dairy products and 50 percent plant-based/fruits products.

Caroline Sorlin, Chief Venture Officer, The Bel Group"Our group has always distinguished itself in its ability to dare and change the game with its innovative products," said Caroline Sorlin, Chief Venture Officer of Bel. "The challenge of the food transition is so big that collaborative innovation and the merging of skills is imperative. This partnership is definitely a source of pride, but above all, it is excellent news for the plant-based cheese market."

To read more about this partnership, click here.

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