Investor Growthwell Group, a Local, Temasek-backed Plant-based Meat Manufacturer, Is Helping the Company Apply for a Patent in Singapore
- Newly launched in November, the next-generation, non-GMO ChickP Native Starch has a narrow granule-size distribution that makes it perfect as a thickening or binding as well as anti-caking agent
- Production of the 90% chickpea isolate will increase to over 1,000 tonnes per annum in 2021
- Growthwell will open a manufacturing plant in Singapore circa Q2 2021, producing a trio of chickpea protein-based seafood products
SINGAPORE – Media OutReach – 26 November 2020 – ChickP Protein (ChickP), the first in the world to launch the groundbreaking 90% chickpea isolate, has announced that it has successfully patented its plant-based protein solution in Israel. This milestone comes after an enduring journey of intensive research and development that began in 2015. Growthwell Group, a local investor in ChickP, is helping the company with its patent application in Singapore.
“Our successful patent application in Israel has been five years in the making,” says Ron Klein, CEO of ChickP. “We stand on the shoulders of researchers and food technologists, without whom this feat would not have been possible. We are excited to see how our partnership with Growthwell Group can take our market reach to the next level.”
Chickpea isolate — excelling in taste, texture and function
The 90% chickpea isolate is developed by the faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Using state-of-the-art, patent-pending technology, the faculty is able to extract up to 90% pure plant protein out of the chickpea seed. As it contains all essential amino acids, the isolate is considered a complete protein. The isolate comes in powder form, making it an easy ingredient for food manufacturers to incorporate into their recipes.
Research has found that products containing the 90% chickpea isolate consistently excel in taste, texture and functionality. Furthermore, the chickpea proteins are allergen free and not genetically modified.
- Taste: As they boast an inherent bitter or off flavour, most plant-based proteins require the addition of sugar, artificial flavouring or other masking agents to cover the taste. ChickP’s proteins however have a neutral flavour, and hence do not require any flavouring additive. This allows food manufacturers to achieve a clean label.
- Texture and functionality: Many plant-based proteins have a sandy or chalky texture which makes for an unpleasant mouthfeel. ChickP’s proteins, however, have a smooth texture and strong emulsion stability as well as high solubility and smooth viscosity.
- Allergen-free: Many of the market’s known plant-based products are allergenic, as they are made with milk, soy, tree nuts or peanuts, which are classified under the Big 8 Food Allergens list. This means that people living with these allergens are unable to incorporate the plant-based products into their diets. As chickpea allergies are exceedingly rare, the 90% chickpea isolate is considered to be free of allergen.
- Non-GMO: ChickP’s proteins are also not genetically modified, and do not contain phytoestrogens.
Newly launched ChickP Native Starch — a versatile and useful ingredient
In addition, circa mid-November, ChickP launched its next-generation, non-GMO native starch. Due to its narrower granule-size distribution compared with those of pea and potato starches, ChickP Native Starch boasts better gelling and thickening properties. Hence, it is a great thickening or binding agent for soups, sauces, confectioneries, dairy, baked goods, desserts, meat and plant-based meat products. Not only that, its versatility makes it an excellent ingredient for extruded snacks or as an anti-caking agent for powdered blends such as instant soups, spices and premixes.
Scaling up commercial production and launch of seafood alternatives
In 2020, ChickP began the commercial production of its 90% chickpea isolate. The pilot production saw a yield of 50 tonnes. By 2021, ChickP is set to augment its production capabilities, manufacturing over 1,000 tonnes of the isolate. This expansion will benefit even more food manufacturers who are keen on strengthening their portfolios of sustainable plant-based meats.
Growthwell, a leading manufacturer of plant-based alternatives for meat and seafood for the South East Asian market since 1989, is a significant shareholder of ChickP. It plans to open a state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in Singapore by 2021 Q2. The facility will have the latest food technology applications, high moisture extrusion (HME) capabilities and a fully automatic manufacturing production line to scale production and cater to the strong demand for plant-based meat and seafood alternatives in the region.
“The pandemic has put a crimp in our plans to launch the manufacturing plant this year,” says Justin Chou, second-generation leader and Executive Director of Growthwell Group. “But henceforth, it is full steam ahead. We are confident that the 90% chickpea isolate is the next frontier in plant-based meat. We are excited about supporting ChickP in its R&D journey as well as bringing alternative meat products made with chickpea proteins to the global stage.”
One innovative application of ChickP’s protein is in seafood and meat alternative products, through Texturised Vegetable Protein (TVP) and HME. Chickpea-based TVP/HME has clean label qualities and the potential to be a highly adaptable superfood with its several nutritional characteristics — high protein, high fibre, low carb and low sodium. With Chickpea-based TVP/HME, Growthwell is in its final round of researching and developing a chickpea protein-based seafood alternative collection — ChickP Squid, ChickP Crab Patty, and ChickP Shrimp — which will be free of allergens, gluten, lactose, and hormones, making it one of the safest proteins available for consumption.
With an established supply network in Asia Pacific, Growthwell is in a unique position to export these products to more than 10 different countries such as US, Spain, Indonesia, Malaysia and Australia.
About Growthwell Group
Established in 1989, Growthwell Group has been the trusted one-stop meat-free solutions provider in Singapore for F&B businesses and organisations around the world. Armed in research and development, Growthwell Group is the leading plant-based food solutions company in Singapore that helps F&B organisations obtain high quality meat-free products while providing excellent logistics support and customer service for continual growth and success. With an intention of making the world a better place, Growthwell Group has evolved from a manufacturer of plant-based alternatives in Asia to that of an innovative plant-based food technology company. Equipped with food technology, manufacturing and distribution capabilities in Asia, the group provides end-to-end plant-based food solutions directly to their valued partners and consumers globally.
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About ChickP Protein Ltd
ChickP Protein Ltd is the world’s first and only company to produce chickpea protein isolate that is above 90%, offering a clean, non-allergenic protein isolate that’s also neutral in taste, functionality and boasts superb nutritional composition. Developed by faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, ChickP protein undergoes zero genetic modification and contains no phytoestrogens. It also offers a smoother texture and stronger emulsion stability compared to most other protein substitutes in the market, presenting a product that is superior in taste, mouthfeel and nutritional value.
HKGSEO Provides Free Website SEO Analysis and Consulting Services
HONG KONG SAR – Media OutReach – 5 January 2021 – The COVID-19 epidemic has lasted for nearly a year. The sharp fall in the street traffic has been affecting core shopping districts everywhere. In addition, under the “Anti-epidemic Fund”, the Innovation and Technology Commission (ITC) launched the ” Distance Business (D-Biz) Programme subsidy. Increasing number of large and medium-sized enterprises have turned to the online market, setting up websites and opening online shops, in an effort to open up online sales channels to recover some of their businesses during the epidemic.
As many companies are not familiar with website technology, website optimization and SEO promotion are often ignored. In fact, SEO is one of the highest ROI of many online marketing channels and it is worthy of a long-term investment.
HKGSEO has performed SEO for more than 500 enterprises, with the SEO process bringing considerable traffic and sales to the companies. Leveraging on their years of experience, they now provide free website analysis (worth HK$2,000) for all content types. Here are some website analysis projects HKGSEO has engaged in:
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SSL Website Security Certificate
If your website does not have an SSL certificate (HTTPS) installed, it will be marked as an insecure website by the browser, which will adversely affect the credibility and conversion rate. SSL should be installed immediately to protect customer information, especially for e-commerce websites. There are some free SSLs available on the market, such as Let’s Encrypt, with paid premium certificates recommendation by online shops.
Mobile Version of The Website
The latest personal computer and Internet penetration survey published by the Census and Statistics Department shows that more than 5.97 million people in Hong Kong have mobile phones, and 99.7% of the users access the Internet on smartphones, higher than those connected to computers or other devices. Besides, Google has launched the Mobile-First Indexing mobile version of content priority indexing. If your website does not have a mobile version, the ranking will be poor and a lot of traffic will be lost.
Website Loading Speed
According to research, more than 68% of viewers will leave a website when it takes more than 3 seconds to open. The main reason for the slow loading is the use of shared hosting or non-local hosting. Switching to local hosting, SSD or CDN can effectively improve the loading speed.
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Websites and online shops are platforms that promote businesses. An optimized website will reward twice the results with half the effort of both online and offline marketing campaigns combined.
Please log onto www.hkgseo.com, fill in the website, email and contact number, and our network promotion experts will reply within one working day and arrange a free SEO analysis and consultation.
HKGSEO focuses on website SEO services. It is founded and operated by former Google employees. The company is based in Hong Kong and has branches in Shenzhen, Singapore and Australia. It is committed to providing affordable, one-stop digital marketing solutions for small and medium-sized enterprises. Digital marketing solutions include: SEO, SEM, social media promotion and web design, etc.
Royal SPA Hotel was rated as “China’s Five-Star Hot Spring”
HONG KONG SAR – Media OutReach – 5 January 2021 – Developed by Gudou Holdings Limited, Royal SPA Hotel has won the highest honor of “China’s Five-Star Hot Spring” among “China’s Star Graded Hot Spring” hotels.
Royal SPA Hotel has been awarded the honor of “China’s Star Graded Hot Spring”(left) and the “China’s Five-Star Hot Spring” award plaque(right).
With the extraordinary royal garden features, elegant and pleasant natural scenery and unique appearance, Royal SPA Hotel has been awarded the honor of “China’s Star Graded Hot Spring” and the “China’s Five-Star Hot Spring” award plaque at the 7th China Hot Spring Tourism Promotion Season Series Activities and the 3rd International Conference on Hot Springs and Climate-Aligned Wellness Tourism in China hosted by the Hot Spring Tourism Branch of China Tourism Association and Chongqing Hot Spring Tourism Industry Association in November 2020.
The star rating standard for hot spring tourism enterprises is based on the “Star Classification and Evaluation of Hot Spring Tourism Enterprises” (LB/T016-2017) issued by the former National Tourism Administration, which stipulates the star classification conditions, service quality and operation specifications of hot spring tourism enterprises. According to the overall requirements, hot spring water area, housekeeping, catering, other service items, public and logistics areas and other evaluation content, hot spring enterprises are divided into one to five stars, with five stars being the highest.
Royal SPA Hotel is located in Gudou Hot Spring Resort, a national AAAA-level tourist area. Gudou Hot Spring Resort has six themed hotel complexes. In addition to the Royal SPA Hotel, there are also Hot Spring Villa Hotel, Mountain Seaview Hotel, Joyful Hotel, Gudou Lakeview Tulip Inn Hotel and Yuequan Huju Hotel. In addition to Hot Spring Valley, the largest hot spring area in the town, consisting of 62 public hot spring pools. There are also recreational facilities such as the World of Mountain Spring Water Planet Galaxy Beach, the glass bridge, the boat rowing around the lake, and the mountain cable car.
About Gudou Holdings Limited
Gudou Holdings is a hot spring resort and hotel operator and a tourism property developer in the People’s Republic of China (“PRC”). It principally engages in (i) the operation and management of the hot spring resort and hotel facilities of Gudou Hot Spring Resort, which is a national AAAA-level tourist area, and provision of consultancy and/or management services; and (ii) the development and sale of tourism properties in Guangdong Province. The “Gudou” brand is a well-known brand of integrated hot spring resort in the PRC. Gudou Holdings operates six theme hotel complexes, namely Royal Spa Hotel, Hot Spring Villa Hotel, Mountain Seaview Hotel, Joyful Hotel, Gudou Lakeview Tulip Inn Hotel and Yuequan Huju Hotel together with a variety of leisure and recreational facilities, including hot spring facilities, hotels, commercial stores, food and beverages outlets, recreational waterpark, a spa centre, a conference centre, parks, tourist attractions and other ancillary leisure and recreational facilities.
NHK WORLD-JAPAN to explore Mega-Tsunami
10 years after: First-hand footage, insights, eyewitness reports
TOKYO, JAPAN – Media OutReach – 5 January 2021 – NHK WORLD-JAPAN, the 24-hour international English-language TV channel from Japan’s public broadcaster NHK, will show an exclusive 2-part series on the devastating tsunami which shocked the world.
On March 11, 2011 at 2:46 pm, an M9 earthquake off the Pacific coast of Japan triggered a huge tsunami, flooding 650 km of coastline, destroying many cities and towns and claiming the lives of over 18,000 victims. With footage filmed at the centre of the disaster, the documentary “3/11 – The Tsunami” will give a first-hand look into people’s experiences on that day and the hardships they were faced in the aftermath.
The footage filmed in 2011 and 2012 by NHK and eyewitnesses in the disaster-hit areas have been collected and edited together in chronological order to convey the impact of this unprecedented disaster, which crushed buildings and cars and led to nuclear meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant.
Episode 1 focuses on the first three days while episode 2 covers the first year after the disaster. The series also serves as a valuable lesson: In the event of a powerful tsunami, what action can be taken to survive?
“3/11 – The Tsunami” on NHK WORLD-JAPAN
Episode 1: The First 3 Days
January 9th 1:10 / 7:10 / 13:10 / 19:10 / January 15th 20:00 (UTC)
Episode 2: The First Year
January 16th 1:10 / 7:10 / 13:10 / 19:10 / January 22nd 20:00 (UTC)
About NHK WORLD-JAPAN
NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) is Japan’s sole public broadcaster, operating the nation’s largest domestic and international television network. In Japan, NHK broadcasts six TV channels including 4K and 8K along with three radio stations. NHK also transmits two international television channels, NHK WORLD-JAPAN (English, HD, 24/7) and NHK WORLD PREMIUM (Japanese, HD, 24/7), as well as international radio services in 18 languages.
NHK WORLD-JAPAN reaches over 380 million households in 160 countries and regions via local satellite and cable TV providers. Online live streaming and VOD (video-on-demand) services through the free mobile app and the website give viewers access to NHK WORLD-JAPAN anywhere and anytime. You can also connect with our programs through Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV. Presenting an extensive range of Asia-centred programming, NHK WORLD-JAPAN is your window to Japan, Asia, and the rest of the world. For more details, visit https://nhk.jp/world
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