Real honey… without bees? Berkeley-based startup MeliBio gears up for launch in late 2021

Real honey… without bees?

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Ian Proudfoot

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KPMG in New Zealand

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[02 October, Food Navigator]

MeliBio is working with molecular biologist Dr Aaron Schaller to bring vegan honey to the market. MeliBio CEO Darko Mandich argues that commercial-scale honey production would be viable following the ethical and environmental rationale, and that US honey consumption is showing significant growth while honey bee populations are declining, which proves a clear opportunity to step in with an accessible and affordable product that can be biosynthesized.

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