SIT’s food research is primarily focused on the development of innovative future foods at scale to strengthen Singapore’s food security needs, as well as support our ageing population’s nutritional needs. We work closely with industry to translate research ideas and technology into commercial reality.
Our recent collaboration with food and agrocommodities multinational, Agrocorp, culminated in HerbYvore, a plant-based cheese, which is now sold in Fairprice Finest outlets and other food online platforms.
Food Processing for Future Foods
SIT leverages high moisture extrusion in the texturisation of plant protein meat analogues. Texturisation can be rationally controlled by varying raw materials and extrusion process parameters.
SIT has spray drying capabilities ranging from lab-scale formulation to kilo scale production of food safe powders from solutions, emulsions, and suspensions.
SIT is developing scalable fermentation platforms to turn generally regarded as safe (GRAS) edible fungi and mycelial strains into nutritious and sustainable food ingredients.
To support food scale up and translation, SIT operates a small batch food production facility, Food Plant, aimed at helping companies and partners perform food product and process scale up for market validation.
SIT is developing a novel, eco-resilient Urban-metabolic Farming-module to offer sustainable urban vertical farming solutions, to use existing HDB or a unique terrain setup as a testbed to implement plug-and-play units. The farming unit design will feature air-regulation, optimal sunlight intake capability, optimized film materials and seamless integration with the built environment.
SIT is designing and developing smart automated aquaponics systems with advanced sensors and instrumentation, internet of things, and data analytics to increase local production of fish and vegetables, at minimum labour and operating costs. The high-yield and high-tech aquaponics system can be implemented both indoor and outdoor by resident gardeners and agriculture and aquaculture companies.