• Global ingredient company, Barentz, will distribute Canadian FoodTech company, Crush Dynamics’ proprietary ingredients, which are made using advanced fermentation technology and upcycled ingredients. (Image Source: Crush Dynamics/Getty Images)  
    Global ingredient company, Barentz, will distribute Canadian FoodTech company, Crush Dynamics’ proprietary ingredients, which are made using advanced fermentation technology and upcycled ingredients. (Image Source: Crush Dynamics/Getty Images)  
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Global ingredient company, Barentz, will distribute Canadian FoodTech company, Crush Dynamics’ proprietary ingredients, which are made using advanced fermentation technology and upcycled ingredients.  

Crush Dynamics transforms grape derivatives and other agricultural side streams into high-performance bioactive food ingredients.

The resulting polyphenol-rich ingredient enhances food quality by enabling up to 50 per cent sugar reduction, 80 per cent sodium reduction, and improved texture while also extending shelf-life. This single ingredient provides food and beverage manufacturers with an opportunity to reduce complexity in their supply chain while delivering the clean label their consumers are demanding, the company said.

Crush Dynamics CEO, Kirk Moir, said, “Through patented fermentation processes, Crush Dynamics creates innovative ingredients that address consumer demand for upcycled, sustainable foods.

“These ingredients drive taste preference while lowering sodium and sugar simultaneously in a wide variety of food formulations, including sauce and savory applications.”

Barentz North America president of Human Nutrition, Andrea Carlson, said the company was excited to work with Crush Dynamics.  

“Through Barentz’s offering of CrushDynanics’ unique portfolio, we will help clients boost nutritional content and optimise overall taste and liking of formulas,” Carlson said.

“Our mission is to enable our customers to deliver healthier formulations cost effectively by using our multi-function, natural, upcycled ingredients. We are pleased to be working with Barentz to accomplish this mission,” Moir said.

Crush Dynamics advisor and Institute of Food Technologists board member, Julie Mann, said the partnership creates opportunities for Barentz customers to create better-for-you, next generation food products.

“Upcycled ingredients are a critical aspect of our shared commitment to improving the sustainability of our food system on a global basis. Our highly scalable patented fermentation technology transforms polyphenol rich agricultural side streams into a natural multi-functional ingredient based on a unique blend of bio transformed polyphenols and organic acids,” Mann said.

In March, Crush Dynamics was named 195th on the FoodTech 500, climbing 140 places on its 2022 ranking. More than 1500 companies from 77 countries were considered for the list.

Moir said the company was thrilled to be recognised for the second year in a row.

“Our patented biotransformation technology is delivering a valorisation pathway for tannin rich agricultural side streams on a global basis,” he said.

In 2022, some of the Crush Dynamics team visited Australia and met with wine industry representatives to discuss the opportunity to trial the technology. In May that year, Australian AgFood Fund was a cornerstone investor in the company’s seed 2 funding round.

But opportunities were more plentiful in the Northern Hemisphere. Its ingredient is being supplied but manufacturing in Australia has been put on hold.

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