Sustainable Food Innovation

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.

HerbYvore

New Products Launched in Collaboration with Industry Partners

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 Technology Capabilities

Food Processing for Future Foods

Extrusion for Product Texturization
Tunable texturization of plant-based meat analogs.
Extrusion for Product Texturization 

SIT leverages high moisture extrusion in the texturization of plant protein meat analogs. Texturisation can be rationally controlled by varying raw materials and extrusion process parameters.

Spray Drying
SIT’s successful spray dried industry prototype – instant beverage for dysphagic patients
Spray Drying

SIT has spray drying capabilities ranging from lab-scale formulation to kiloscale production of food safe powders from solutions, emulsions, and suspensions.

Food Fermentation
Protein and nutrient-rich ingredients produced by fermentation using variable food substrates.
Food Fermentation

SIT is developing scalable fermentation platforms to turn generally regarded as safe (GRAS) edible fungi and mycelial strains into nutritious and sustainable food ingredients.

FoodPlant
Food Scale Up – FoodPlant

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.

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Urban Farming
3D model of solar simulation study for the agrivoltaic set-up.
Urban Farming

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 studying the use of probiotics and the different solar PV arrangements and their effects on increasing different crop yield in rooftop hydroponic farming. The data collected on crop performance, PV arrangements/power acquisition capability, and impact of probiotics will be mined to devise an optimized solution for agrivoltaics farming system that will be of interest to urban farmers and related organisations.

 

Aquaponics Farming
Aquaponics Automation System Architecture
Aquaponics Farming

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.