QOA: Gourmet guilt-free chocolate, without the cocoa

Cocoa beans © QOA

Munich-based QOA transforms industrial food waste into vegan chocolate, enabling consumers to avoid the sustainability and ethical issues of cocoa production 

 In their quest for guilt-free chocolate, a brother-and-sister team is using precision fermentation on food processing byproducts to create vegan, gluten- and dairy-free chocolates using only natural ingredients. Their company, QOA, has long-term plans to create cheaper substitutes for cocoa-based products across the global food supply chain.Backed by Y Combinator and the technical and scientific support of the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL), Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) and the Bavarian state government’s Bayern Innovativ, the biotech firm has mana...
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