DAIZ Engineering Inc. (Headquarters located in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan with Koji Ochiai as CEO; hereafter referred to as “DAIZ Engineering”) has established the European Germination Food-Tech Center in the Netherlands through collaboration with NIZO Food Research B.V. (Headquarters located in Ede, Gelderland, the Netherlands; hereafter referred to as “NIZO”). As the initial step of this collaboration, the Food-Tech Center focuses on the development of “Hybrid Dairy Products”, combining primarily animal-based dairy and plant-derived protein-based dairy alternatives. This new approach holds the promise of making a breakthrough in addressing the taste, nutrition and sustainability challenges associated with the protein transition.

DAIZ Engineering and NIZO aim to pursue advanced technological innovation in taste and nutritional functionality in the “Food Valley” of the Netherlands, where global agricultural and food-technologies are centered. The goal is to contribute to implementing a sustainable “dietary lifestyle” that offers richness in flavor and various food options by a balanced mixture of animal and plant-based ingredients from a technical and scientific perspective.

Opening Ceremony of the European Germination Food-Tech Center at NIZO Food Research in the Netherlands 
on January 23, 2024, in the presence of the Ambassador of Japan to the Netherlands, the Mayor of the municipality of Ede, and representatives from the Embassy of Japan in the Netherlands, municipality of Ede, NIZO Food Research, DAIZ Engineering, Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA) and the East Netherlands Development Agency (Oost NL).
Opening Ceremony of the European Germination Food-Tech Center at NIZO Food Research in the Netherlands on January 23, 2024, in the presence of the Ambassador of Japan to the Netherlands, the Mayor of the municipality of Ede, and representatives from the Embassy of Japan in the Netherlands, municipality of Ede, NIZO Food Research, DAIZ Engineering, Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA) and the East Netherlands Development Agency (Oost NL).

About the Establishment of the European Germination Food-Tech Center at NIZO

In the Netherlands, which holds the position of the world’s second-largest agricultural export value, a world-leading food industry hub called the “Food Valley” has emerged. Over 1,500 food-related and chemical companies from various countries gather at this hub and collaborative efforts across different industries and partnerships among academia, industry, and government are driving technological development. NIZO is one of the world’s leading contract research organizations for better food and health. Over more than 75 years of development, NIZO has evolved alongside the continuous innovation in the food industry, bringing together experts in many different areas of food science and production, including protein technology, fermentation, bioinformatics, health benefits, food processing, food safety and sensory experiences of food. These steps come together in our pilot plant –  the largest open-access food-grade pilot plant – in Europe. NIZO leverages the integrated power of science and technology to assist food companies from the laboratory scale to the semi-industrial level. This enables food companies to achieve their innovation goals more successfully, sustainably, and efficiently, ultimately leading to better food and health.

DAIZ Engineering is a food-tech start-up company with a patented technology called “Ochiai Germination Method”*1 that activates seeds using the power of germination to enhance functionality and nutritional value. Using proprietary technology to mimic the molecular profile of animal proteins in plant-based proteins, DAIZ Engineering has achieved the development of alternative eggs and alternative milk. Additionally, it is at the forefront of developing and promoting “hybrid products” combining animal and various plant-derived proteins, aiming for a wide range of food choices and environmentally friendly sustainable food development. The cooperation between DAIZ Engineering and NIZO has been established with the support from the Invest in Holland Network partners: the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA) office in Japan and the East Netherlands Development Agency (Oost NL). Oost NL focuses its activities and projects on strengthening and stimulating the economy of the provinces of Gelderland and Overijssel in the Netherlands. Through their network and assistance, the Invest in Holland Network has supported DAIZ Engineering in navigating the process of opening their office and laboratory at NIZO, providing a smooth entry into the European business landscape.

The newly-established European Germination Food-Tech Center at NIZO will germinate various seeds (beans, grains, nuts) using the ‘Ochiai Germination Method’ and will evaluate the nutritional value and digestibility of the germinated seeds in collaboration with the experts at NIZO.  Based on the acquired expertise in plant-based proteins, the Food-Tech Center will develop new food ingredients which will be proposed to global food manufacturers. Furthermore, DAIZ Engineering intends to actively participate in joint research and development initiatives where the Dutch government, businesses, NIZO and academic institutes collaborate in the fields of science, technology, and innovation. Through cooperation with European food manufacturers, DAIZ Engineering will strive to contribute to addressing global challenges such as food security and protein deficiency.

About NIZO Food Research (NIZO Food Research B.V.):

Based in Ede, the Netherlands, NIZO is a globally leading, private, and independent contract research organization specializing in food and health innovation for over 75 years. Operating the largest open access food-grade pilot plant in Europe, we leverage the integrated power of science and technology to help our customers in transforming food and nutrition more successfully, sustainably, and efficiently; ultimately leading to better food and health.

NIZO today focuses on 4 high-value propositions:

  • Protein Transition
  • Sustainable Processing, Upscaling and Contract Manufacturing
  • Fermentation & Food Safety
  • Health Benefits Substantiation

Company information:
Company name: NIZO Food Research B.V.
Website: https://www.nizo.com/
Location: Kernhemseweg 2, 6718 ZB, Ede, the Netherlands

About DAIZ Engineering (DAIZ Engineering Inc.):

Advanced level of technological expertise, specialized development skills to make proposals tailored to client needs, and rapid responsiveness to optimize production processes are essential to address the impending protein crisis and achieve sustained growth in the plant-based alternative food market.

To meet those requirements, DAIZ Engineering has been newly formed within the DAIZ Group, powered by DAIZ’s patented technology, the “Ochiai Germination Method (OGM)”. DAIZ Engineering is dedicated to advancing the “Plant-based Egg and Plant-based Milk business,” “Engineering business,” and “Global Alliance business.” At DAIZ Engineering, we consider the capabilities of germination to enhance the deliciousness and healthiness of food. We strive to explore the potential of new foods and contribute to a sustainable future.

Company Information
Company Name: DAIZ Engineering Inc.
Head Office: 4F Kojimachi HF Building, 3-2-4 Kojimachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Representative: Koji Ochiai, CEO
Establishment Date: January 16, 2024
Areas of Business: Plant-based Egg and Plant-based Milk business / Engineering business / Global business

* 1 A germination method where the growth conditions such as oxygen, carbon dioxide, temperature, and moisture during the germination of soybeans are controlled and enzymes are activated. With this method, the amount of free amino acids increases, bringing out the richness of flavor in the material.

Patent No. 5722518

More photos from the Grand Opening Ceremony:

DAIZ Engineering and NIZO Food Research Collaborate to Establish European Germination Food-Tech Center, Advancing the Development of Hybrid Dairy Alternatives in the Netherlands
The Ambassador of Japan to the Netherlands delivered a speech at the event.
The Ambassador of Japan to the Netherlands delivered a speech at the event.
DAIZ Engineering and NIZO Food Research Collaborate to Establish European Germination Food-Tech Center, Advancing the Development of Hybrid Dairy Alternatives in the Netherlands
The Mayor of the municipality of Ede delivered a speech at the event.
The Mayor of the municipality of Ede delivered a speech at the event.
DAIZ Engineering and NIZO Food Research Collaborate to Establish European Germination Food-Tech Center, Advancing the Development of Hybrid Dairy Alternatives in the Netherlands
Mr. Nikolaas Vles - the CEO of NIZO Food Research, delivered a speech at the event.
Mr. Nikolaas Vles, the CEO of NIZO Food Research, delivered a speech at the event.
DAIZ Engineering and NIZO Food Research Collaborate to Establish European Germination Food-Tech Center, Advancing the Development of Hybrid Dairy Alternatives in the Netherlands
Mr. IDE, Tsuyoshi - Chairman & CEO of DAIZ, delivered a speech at the event.
Mr. IDE, Tsuyoshi, the Chairman & CEO of DAIZ, delivered a speech at the event.
DAIZ Engineering and NIZO Food Research Collaborate to Establish European Germination Food-Tech Center, Advancing the Development of Hybrid Dairy Alternatives in the Netherlands
Mr. OCHIAI, Koji - CTO of DAIZ Engineering, delivered a speech at the event.
Mr. OCHIAI, Koji, the CEO of DAIZ Engineering, delivered a speech at the event.
Dr. Rudy Simons, NIZO’s Business Development Manager – Food & Protein, delivered a presentation at the event
Guided tour of the NIZO Pilot Plant - the largest open-access food-grade pilot plant in Europe
Guided tour of the NIZO Pilot Plant – the largest open-access food-grade pilot plant in Europe
DAIZ Engineering and NIZO Food Research Collaborate to Establish European Germination Food-Tech Center, Advancing the Development of Hybrid Dairy Alternatives in the Netherlands
Mr. OCHIAI, Koji, the CEO of DAIZ Engineering, demonstrated the preparation of a hybrid omelet using DAIZ's germinated soy milk
Mr. OCHIAI, Koji, the CEO of DAIZ Engineering, demonstrated the preparation of a hybrid omelet using DAIZ Engineering’s germinated soy milk
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