Many companies have been using plant-based foods such as tofu to come up with alternatives to animal-based foods. However, this Chilean company uses something much different to turn non-vegan foods completely vegan – it uses artificial intelligence.
But what exactly has this three year old company, NotCo, been doing? Well, they use AI to reinvent vegan versions of mayonnaise, yogurt, milk and cheese.
NotCo currently sells their “Not Mayo” product in supermarkets around Chile; however, they are looking into US markets as well, Reuters reports. According to Chief Executive Matias Muchnik, they have managed to sign a deal to supply a national food manufacturer for “Not Mayo.”
According to Reuters, the company uses a software, “Giuseppe,” who “breaks down food into their basic molecular compositions, and then, employing machine-based learning, chooses vegetables that it can combine to imitate that structure, while also working with humans to learn what tastes good.”
By using this process, “Not Mayo” has developed a texture and taste deliciously similar to that of original mayo. However, it is made from ingredients including basil, peas, potatoes and canola oil.
“We are a tech company, not a food company. We want to capitalize ourselves by developing products for other companies,” Muchnick said.