Belfast-based food technology company Carritech Research aims to raise £350,000 through a crowdfunding campaign for the commercial development of ColdBake.
In January of this year, the Northern Irish company announced plans to bring ColdBake to the baking industry. ColdBake products are cooked at 47°C or under, so no nutritional value is lost.
Carritech said the funds raised would also be used to progress licensing negotiations with major food manufacturers.
ColdBake technology is a patented process that enables biscuit or snack products to be produced at close to human body temperature. This enables the production of products enriched with vitamins, Omega 3, sports nutrients, bioactives and medicines, using only natural and commonly used food ingredients.
The products appear and taste like they have been baked – but use a pioneering vacuum process to avoid normal baking temperatures that destroy active ingredients.
Carritech plans to license its platform technology and capabilities to strategic partners, and is currently in discussion with manufacturers across a broad range of food and pharmaceutical sectors, including bakery, breakfast cereals, sports nutrition and medical products.