Patent-pending ingredient to serve as alternative protein source for pet food


Promotes pets’ health and wellness while being environmentally friendly

CULT Food Science Corp, a company focusing on the investment, development, and commercialization of cellular agriculture technologies and products, has publicized details and commercialization plans for its proprietary, patent-pending Bmmune product. An alternative protein source for pet food, Bmmune goes through a natural fermentation process and is patented for its freeze-dried pet treats. The acquisition of Bmmune was announced by the company on March 28, 2023.

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According to a company release,1 the patent covers the nutritional and functional properties of Bmmune, which is made using nutritional yeast and koji, a fermented protein derived from Aspergillus niger. Bmmune offers high-quality, sustainable protein for cats and dogs, with nutrient specifications comparable to traditional meat. Bmmune also has been demonstrated to promote improved digestion, gut health, immune system support, cognitive, arterial and heart health, and more.

"This is one of many foundational patents that CULT Food Science will utilize to continue to build the future of food. The versatility of Bmmune will serve as a platform for multiple products," said Lejjy Gafour, CEO of CULT, in the release.1

According to the release,1 a majority of the approximately US $99-billion global pet food market is based on farmed animal protein. Though these options aren’t meeting consumer expectations surrounding nutrition, are environmentally hazardous and face supply chain constraints. Pet products formulated with Bmmune help combat these problems by having the same environmental advantages of plant-based proteins. However, they can serve as more palatable, higher protein options and have been demonstrated to have better absorption rates in dogs.

"It is still difficult to create pet foods that deliver premium, palatable nutrition to dogs and cats and have a low carbon footprint. With Bmmune, we've solved at least part of this complex problem," added Joshua Errett, VP of product development at CULT. "We are now ready to supply Bmmune to plant-based and conventional pet brands as a way to enhance protein content, increase palatability, drive down ingredient costs, and improve sustainability in pet foods."


CULT Food Science highlights patent pending ingredient with enhanced nutrition and protein for pet food. News release. CULT Food Science Corp. April 18, 2023. Accessed April 19, 2023.

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