Main focus areas/active in:
- Agriculture & Forestry
- Food / Nutrition / Ingredients
- Plant-based Food
- Production Processes /Manufacturing
Which input provides your business model/core technology towards a bio-based economy?
We solely use bio-based materials for manufacturing our gums. Since 99% of all chewing gums today are made of non-renewable, fossil-fuel based masses, which cannot biodegrade, this is a re-invention. People have been chewing on stuff since centuries – mostly on tree resins like incense, chicle or spruce resin. Only since the 1950 these natural bases were gradually replaced by synthetic polymers.
Which market/clients do you address and which short-/long-term goals do you have?
Alpengummi addresses people that care for their and the planet’s health – for that they are willing to spend a little bit more. Currently we sell in German speaking countries to privates and corporates but want to expand to more countries as soon as we are ready for that. Once we have customers outside Europe we want to open subsidiaries using local resources supporting the local supply chain.
What makes your approach unique compared to other stakeholders in this field?
Of course we are not the only ones producing bio-based chewing gums – in Europe and the US there is a hand full of other startups that do, but for now all of them are using the Mexican tree sap Chicle for their products. This ingredient is not locally sourced like our pine resin and is already a limited resource. We are the only ones that use Austrian pine resin and beeswax for the gums.
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