Valorization of Wastewater for Production of Nutritious Food

Hyfé Foods transforms food processing wastewater into low-carb, protein-rich fungal flour products to replace beloved food items that are traditionally high in refined carbs and low in nutrients.

Wastewater generated from food production is a major source of environmental pollution because it is rich in nutrients that generate high amounts of landfill-bound biomass as a byproduct of water treatment. Hyfé is developing an advanced biomanufacturing platform that uses fungal fermentation to valorize waste and lower greenhouse gas emissions. CRI will enable Michelle to develop her mycelium flour production process by leveraging the MERF to scale the process, using a 100-gallon bioreactor and several 14L Fermenters. The data will inform a techno-economic and life cycle analysis.