Puratos has announced that it will be launching Sparkalis, a new food tech venture that will support innovation in bakery, patisserie and chocolate

It will support the development of ground-breaking products, services and ingredients, while driving collaboration with start-ups and SMEs.

As hinted by its name, Sparkalis will ‘spark’ great innovation and, through these collaborations, will focus on making baked goods healthier and more sustainable. Investments will include projects on plant-based products, fermentation and digitalization. The ventures will also support manufacturing ideas.

Sparkalis will be both a start-up incubator and provide direct investments. With this flexible approach, it can offer “scalable support” to “accelerate business growth for food tech innovators”.

Building on Puratos’ history and experience, Sparkalis will be able to quickly kick-start innovative ideas and bring them to market to the benefit of bakers, pâtissiers and chocolatiers around the world.

A global network of almost 100 experts is ready to quickly assess projects and personally mentor the most promising start-ups. Each supported project will be mentored by a dedicated Puratos specialist to maximise the chances of turning innovative ideas into concrete successes.

The new ventures will provide holistic expertise in product development, global scaling of market-ready solutions, support on regulatory requirements, and training opportunities.

Sparkalis will also provide partners access to Puratos’ own Taste Tomorrow research programme – an ‘always-on’ programme for in-depth insights into global and local consumer behaviours in bakery, patisserie and chocolate.

Filip Arnaut, Managing Director of Sparkalis and R&D Director at Puratos said:

“Sparkalis was born out of a deep desire to support inspiring food tech pioneers and build success stories together. Sparkalis underscores Puratos’ continued commitment to driving innovation to create a healthier and more sustainable ‘foodprint’ around the world.”