Ingredient Solutions

Plant derived proteins can replace animal based proteins in many applications

Dairy Replacement

Cheese that melts and stretches. Yogurt that is thick and creamy and feels sumptuous in the mouth. Ice cream with freeze-thaw stability that does not crystallize. Taste, texture, mouthfeel are all tough challenges for plant-based dairy products. Shiru is uncovering and creating natural proteins to deliver the most critical functionalities for all plant-based dairy products.

Egg Replacement

From baked goods and burgers to sauces, custards, and salad dressings; eggs are a binding agent and emulsifier. But why use eggs in all these recipes? Shiru zeros in on the specific functional performance required and finds label friendly, sustainable alternatives in the plant kingdom. Our ingredients catalog has several plant-based replacements for egg with excellent functional performance in a wide range of food applications.

Meat Replacement

What makes the perfect burger or cold cut? Succulent mouthfeel, melt-in-your-mouth indulgence, color, cooking profile, cohesion, and resilience on the fork or in a bun? Or maybe it all comes down to the taste? All these features are in fact critically important. Shiru creates plant-based ingredient solutions encompassing all these needs.

Use your imagination

What have we missed? Food is a wonderfully diverse universe demanding varied ingredient solutions to address nutritional needs while providing indulgent pleasure. We also can no longer view our food choices in isolation of the health of our planet: we know our food system has a detrimental effect on our environment. At Shiru we distill complex consumer needs for nutrition, pleasure, taste, texture, indulgence, sustainability, and price into requirements for the ingredients we create. We believe that nature has all the solutions we need to answer these challenges. Shiru’s discovery model was built to discover the best ingredients nature has to offer - contact us to discuss how you can access these next gen ingredients.

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Protein Discovery Platform

Shiru's discovery platform integrates computational predictions with high throughput characterizations to build a catalog of  functional food proteins.

We Map the Space of Natural Proteins

Using protein sequence representations, we can model the evolutionary diversity of proteins to look for others across different species that serve similar target functions.

We Leverage Tech for Food Applications

Food science has not fully leveraged technological solutions as much as the biopharma and health care industries. We can use many of the same approaches in diagnosing and treating diseases towards discovering functional plant proteins.

Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

Additionally, we use state of the art bioinformatics tools and methods to investigate protein sequence, structure, and function relationships to help us better understand what makes a plant protein an ideal food ingredient.

High Throughput Protein Characterization

We have developed novel biochemical and functional assays that can measure the food specific properties of proteins at a scale never done before.