We invest in the future of food, seeking alternative crops, solutions and technologies to feed a growing population for the long-term
Food Innovation and Sustainability
Sustainability at LDC
As the population rises and demographics change, the world needs more food and people are consuming more protein. This puts pressure on finite natural resources and contributes to climate change and related risks, as limited arable land and production yields fail to meet increased demand.
LDC seeks to invest in scalable companies or ventures that look to meet growing food demand safely, sustainably and responsibly, by:
- Advancing the food system towards sustainable protein production
- Developing innovative proteins and ingredients, as the building blocks for tomorrow’s food
- Improving food supply chain safety, traceability, access and efficiency
- Helping farmers to increase their productivity using technology
- As part of its focus on innovative start-ups in the food space, LDC is a founding member of the China Food Tech Hub, formed by Bits x Bites in May 2019, and participates in a variety of food tech related initiatives.
As consumer demand for plant-based meat and dairy substitutes continues to grow, we announced our participation in the financing of Ginkgo Bioworks’ food ingredients venture, Motif FoodWorks, in February 2019.
The biotechnology company is working to create next-generation alternative proteins and other sustainable ingredients for plant-based food developers, aiming to offer more-sustainable and affordable foods without compromising taste or nutrition.
In May 2019, we began construction of our first aquatic feed mill, under our joint venture with Guangdong HAID Group Co. Ltd. The initiative aims to participate in China’s growing market for aquaculture – an efficient and sustainable source of protein.
Strategically located in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei economic zone, the mill is expected to begin operating in 2021, producing high quality aquatic feeds, including prawn feeds, as well as fermented soybean meal. The facility will help meet growing demand for healthy meat alternatives while reducing pressure to produce other protein-based food ingredients.