WOA to Develop Pilot-Scale Lupin Protein Production Facility
- Commencing the purchase of food processing equipment and construction of an in-house, pilot Modified Lupin Protein manufacturing facility in WA.
- WOA to develop plant-based proteins with unique techno-functionality for a range of food products for both Dirty Clean Food and future strategic partners.
- The pilot plant will build on existing IP, enhance opportunities for strategic partnerships and produce food grade quantities of Modified Lupin Protein to generate initial revenues.
- Opportunity to explore application of patented technology for other plant-based inputs including regenerative pulses grown in Australia.
- Capital expenditure of AUD$1.6 million is fully funded.
17 June 2021 - Wide Open Agriculture (WOA) (WOA or the Company), is pleased to announce that it has successfully entered the next phase of the Companys lupin and plant-based protein business and has Board approval to immediately purchase, construct and operate an in-house lupin and plant-based protein manufacturing facility in Western Australia (WA).
The pilot plant is expected to be constructed in close proximity to WOAs Dirty Clean Food operations in Kewdale, WA. The facility will be used to refine the lupin production process, protect existing IP, build new IP, and produce pilot-scale, food grade quantities of Modified Lupin Protein.
The plant is expected to generate a modest revenue stream and enhance opportunities to secure strategic partnerships and potential offtake agreements. Potential revenue from the pilot plants outputs are anticipated to offset the operational costs of the facility.
Wide Open Agriculture Managing Director, Ben Cole said; Our in-house pilot plant will offer WOA unmatched global capability and know-how in the production of lupin-based proteins with a unique techno-function sourced from WAs leading regenerative farmers.
Refining the lupin process and protecting IP
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A key purpose of the pilot plant is to build internal proprietary know-how and refine IP for use in multiple applications of Modified Lupin Protein. This know-how will include the creation of an IP portfolio that is tailored to end-product applications including plant-based burgers, drinks (including protein enriched OatUP), yoghurts and gluten-free noodles.
The pilot plant will also become critical in investigating different protein extraction processes which could potentially become less costly and more eco-friendly through reduced use of energy, water and chemicals. The lupin produced at the pilot plant will be used for:
WOA believes there is an opportunity to apply its technology to other plant inputs, including regenerative pulses grown in WA and Australia such as chickpeas, lentils and fava beans. The pilot plant will act as an ideal facility to explore this potential as it leverages the same equipment required to produce Modified Lupin Protein.
Additional pulses would expand the total available market potential of the proprietary modification technology, and improves the proteins reputation as using state-of-the-art, clean production processes. It also de-risks the project, as other textured plant protein has an existing market with unmet supply requirements.
Output from the pilot plant will also be used to create products that are aligned with its Dirty Clean Food brand (high protein oat milk, oat yoghurt and protein balls/supplements), and seek strategic partners for investment and offtake agreements with commercial partners.
Estimated costs have been received from multiple consultants and capital expenditure is expected to be AUD$1.6 million to complete initial construction of the plant.
WOAs cash position at 31 March 2021 was AUD$12.8m and the Company is adequately funded to develop the pilot plant and continue its current revenue growth initiatives.
The Company will now place purchase orders for key machinery and transition into construction. WOA looks forward to providing further updates to the market as key milestones are met.
This announcement has been authorised and approved in accordance with the Companys published continuous disclosure policy and has been approved by the Board.
For investor, media or other enquiries please contact:
Dr Ben Cole
Managing Director - Wide Open Agriculture
+61 415 387 270
About Wide Open Agriculture Ltd
Wide Open Agriculture (WOA) is Australias leading ASX-listed regenerative food and agriculture company. The Companys innovative Dirty Clean Food brand markets and distributes food products with a focus on conscious consumers in Australia and South-East Asia. Products are chosen based on their market potential and the positive impact they deliver to farmers, their farmland and regional communities. The company is based in the Wheatbelt of Western Australia. WOA operates under a 4 Returns framework and seeks to deliver measurable outcomes on financial, natural, social and inspirational returns.
WOA is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (code: WOA) and the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (code: 2WO) and is the worlds first 4 Returns publicly listed company.
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