We are NIZO. We help food startups succeed by offering useful knowledge, a very broad range of lab testing services and our own food-grade pilot plant. Everything you need to make better informed R&D decisions and improve your food products further.

For better, healthier and safer food.

From proof of concept to proof of the pudding

We support food startups during every step of their journey and in every phase of the development. From each technology readiness level, your journey begins with us.

We have vast experience in processing raw material into ingredients and to final products. With this solid knowledge base, we are able to design and finetune processes where yield, functionality, safety, efficiency and sustainability are all of key importance. All leading up to food grade prototypes for showcasing.

By capitalizing on our knowledge of ingredients and through testing obtained insights into flavour, texture, safety, stability and proven functionality, we turn concept ideas into consumer-ready products in the blink of an eye.

Expertises for food startups

We offer food startups a wide array of testing services in themes like:

Smart processing is critical to success

The food market is evolving faster than ever. That means food startups need new, adapted or optimized production processes to create new ingredients and food products that meet consumers’ increasing demands.

Scaling up from lab scale into (semi) industrial pilot plant productions, our track record in ingredients and consumer products spans decades of translating technologies into applications and ingredient process development including

Formulating new ingredients and products is a balancing act with many parameters. We are able to look steps ahead, in a way one can say that the dues for most of your learning curve have already been paid.

We are NIZO

We are NIZO. A food contract research organization offering services to both renowned food manufacturers and revolutionary food startups like yours. But above all, we are entrepreneurs.

We have been created by the industry and always worked for the industry. We are a scientifically driven company and our core business is to solve a multitude of practical and strategic issues in the food and health arena. Both big and small. Ranging from improving taste and texture to megatrends as the plant protein transition and the focus on health benefits.

We ourselves are owned by private equity so we do understand your needs and the decision-making process of your investors.

Our success stories

With our protein knowledge we helped create fibrous protein for structuring meat and food products. We worked on highly functional protein ingredients from sustainable crops. We extracted health components from plant sources. And we created better tasting soy-based drinks as a result of culture selection and adaptation.

As we are very protective when it comes to the IP of our customers, we cannot share the tricks of the trade, but working with food startups is what makes us tick. However, we are proud that we have worked side-by-side with challengers who see opportunities in novel technologies, who act in advance of changed consumer behaviour or simply want to create a new ballgame themselves.

“We at TTM try to introduce a new creamy ingredient in the plant-based product market. For that we need high quality samples in order to create concept products and convince future customers. Nizo has been a suitable partner during this journey with their long upscaling experience and their focus on food safety”

Dimitris Karefyllakis, CEO of Time Traveling Milkman (TTM)

Let’s work together

Are you ready to take your processes, ingredients and products to a whole new level? Then let’s work together and make it happen. We’re happy to walk alongside you on your journey to success.

Because we help food startups succeed.

Any questions?

Ben van der Deen is happy to answer all your questions.

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