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Companies join forces to promote tempeh production
Saturday, 16 September, 2023, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Our Bureau, Mumbai
CFSS B.V. and Marel India Pvt. Ltd., have entered into a strategic partnership to boost tempeh production in India. Henk Schouten, CEO of Schouten Europe and the initiator of the Tempeh Today project, along with Jose Martin Javier, general manager of Marel India, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). This signing took place in the presence of the outgoing Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Marel representative Harold Swinkels during a trade mission in India on September 11, 2023.

Addressing Protein Deficiency
Henk Schouten, known for his Dutch family-owned business Schouten Europe, introduced an innovative approach to sustainable and healthy food production in Bengaluru, India, in 2021: Tempeh Today. Locally, in high-tech Small Fermentation Units (SFU’s), protein-rich tempeh is produced. Tempeh is a fermented vegan product made from soybeans. CFSS B.V. is the company behind Tempeh Today.
This Dutch invention contributes to addressing the protein deficiency among the Indian population and offers a sustainable solution for the future. Schouten said, "The collaboration with Marel is a crucial next step in rolling out the concept. I am thrilled that Marel is supporting this initiative, and I look forward to our future collaboration."

The tempeh produced in the Indian SFUs is sourced directly from local farmers who are supported in improving both the quality and yield of soybeans through collaboration with local NGOs. The goal is to establish 20 production locations across India, each utilizing standardized production methods. These methods are monitored online from the Netherlands, ensuring consistent quality and enabling tempeh to be marketed locally and nationally.

In addition to the Small Fermentation Unit (SFU) concept, CFSS has introduced the Micro Fermentation Unit (MFU) concept. Necessary equipment, including raw materials, is provided to vulnerable families around the SFU locations in India. With the help of the MFU, these families can produce tempeh themselves, which is then supplied as a raw material to CFSS. This empowers these families to generate income, but before participating in the MFU concept, family members must undergo training and pass an examination.

Marel India Pvt. Ltd., is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the company, an international company specialising in providing high-quality equipment, solutions, services, and software for the food processing industry. With a global workforce of approximately 8,000 employees in over 30 countries, it focuses on supporting both animal and plant-based protein processing, with sustainability as a core element of its business strategy.

It commits to supporting CFSS B.V.'s activities in India by providing equipment, taking responsibility for the maintenance of relevant equipment, and supporting training programs for operators at SFU and MFU locations.
It aims to produce safe, affordable, and nutritious food while also prioritizing environmental protection and ethical food production. Harold Swinkels of Marel said, "The Tempeh Today concept by CFSS B.V. aligns seamlessly with our vision. It's a unique initiative that can make a significant contribution to public health in India, and we are pleased to lend our support."
Food Security
The joint efforts of the companies promise to make a positive contribution to food security and sustainable agriculture in India. The signing of the MoU during the trade mission to India underscores the importance of international collaboration in addressing nutrition challenges and sustainability goals.
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