February 12, 2023

OSF: Proud donator to food programs at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Giving back to research and education

At OSF Flavors, we truly believe in education and innovation. Education is shaping the character, opinion & skills of tomorrow’s citizens. Innovation gives us the best opportunity to react to the changes our planet and people will face in the future. Providing enough water and food to the increasing world population and transforming food byproducts into more valuable usable products will be some of our biggest challenges. Being an ingredient provider in the food industry, we believe it is important to play our part and give back to research & education.

As an MIT alumnus and today CEO of OSF Flavors, Mr De Botton and all of our teams worldwide have chosen to to participate in two MIT research programs: the Abdul Latif Jameel Water and Food Systems Lab (J-WAFS) and the Chemical Engineering faculty.

Water drop on a leaf

The Abdul Latif Jameel Water and Food Systems (J-WAFS)

J-WAFS is MIT’s flagship initiative pursuing broad-based solutions to the many challenges facing our food and water systems.  To make significant improvements to human well-being and to spur large-scale impact and innovation, J-WAFS applies MIT’s expertise in engineering, science, management, urban planning, and policy analysis. Their aim is to engage MIT faculty and students across the five schools in creative and transnational research that can improve water and food security in the developed and the developing world alike.

Our support will help fund research that engages MIT faculty and students throughout the Institute, including those in engineering, science, management, urban planning, economics, policy analysis, and more.

Chemistry set

Chemical Engineering faculty at MIT

Their main work focuses on the synthesis of food ingredients. One of their current areas of research is on acid whey, an undesirable byproduct of the manufacturing of Greek yogurt that is produced in large quantities and is difficult and costly to dispose of.

They have developed technologies for transforming this waste stream into valuable food products of the carotenoid family. They also plan to use our funds to expand the product portfolio and further explore commercial development of this technology in the coming year.

Please go learn more about the Abdul Latif Jameel Water and Food Systems program using their website & the Chemical Engineering faculty’s work here.

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