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Ilan Samish: Sugar-Out, Prot-In

Saving resources and land by creating sustainable sugar substitutes

25 Oct 2022

Ilan Samish is the Founder & CEO of Amai Proteins and the Project Lead for the EIT Food project Sugar-Out, Prot-In. The project aims to use innovative precision fermentation technology to produce a sweet protein which can be used as a healthy and sustainable sugar substitute.

Sugarcane is a water-intensive crop grown in plantations that have a significant impact on many environmentally-sensitive regions around the world, as well as on biodiversity. Reducing the need for these plantations through the development of viable sugar alternatives has the potential to have large-scale positive impacts on nature, water and biodiversity.

Sugar reduction is a major focus of the food and beverage industry, and innovative, healthy, tasty and food-compatible sugar substitutes are urgently needed in order to satisfy consumer taste whilst tackling the health risks associated with sugar over-consumption and the environmental impacts from sugarcane cultivation. For each 1% decrease in worldwide sugar production, 2.5 trillion litres of water and up to $10 billion in healthcare costs could be saved.

Other project partners include Danone, Israel Institute of Technology and PepsiCo.