Foremost Farms Selects Ginkgo to Develop Technology for Upcycling Dairy Co-products

Today, we’re thrilled to announce our collaboration with Foremost Farms USA!

Foremost Farms has selected Ginkgo as its partner of choice to develop a new upcycling technology for dairy manufacturing co-products. Today, the dairy industry produces low-value co-products that contribute to its overall carbon footprint. Ginkgo aims to help Foremost build a technology to reduce this footprint by upcycling the low-value co-products.

Commercializing this upcycling technology could turn these co-products into environmentally friendly, value-added materials. In addition to reducing the dairy industry’s carbon footprint, this technology could also be used to help lower manufacturing costs and create a significant new revenue stream for hundreds of dairy farmers in Foremost’s cooperative.

Foremost will leverage Ginkgo’s bioproduction services to develop and commercialize this new technology, which could help upcycle billions of pounds of dairy co-products each year. Ginkgo’s market-leading metabolic engineering and analytical capabilities will be relied upon to advance the project.

“We’re excited to partner with Ginkgo Bioworks, which can uniquely help Foremost Farms realize its goals. Ginkgo’s platform gives us access to everything we need to move from concept to commercialization faster, providing a competitive advantage. We are innovating to continue our trajectory as environmental stewards that take care of our world and create value for dairy farm families by potentially lowering manufacturing costs and creating a significant new revenue stream for those farmers.

Greg Schlafer, President and CEO, Foremost Farms

Ginkgo is always on the lookout for opportunities to use biology to create more sustainable products, and we are especially interested in helping customers in legacy industries develop improved production processes and a more circular economy. We’re eager to put our advanced metabolic engineering capabilities to work for Foremost Farms and are proud to help accelerate efforts focused on sustainable biomanufacturing.

“We’re in a unique position to leverage Ginkgo’s expertise because their flexible R&D service offerings allow us to creatively approach this significant opportunity in our value chain. With Ginkgo, we’re able to pursue this exciting opportunity while minimizing our internal R&D fixed costs and allowing our team to remain focused on our core business.”

Declan Roche, Chief Commercial Officer at Foremost Farms

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