Clara Foods Raises Funds to Make Vegan Egg Whites

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Clara Foods Raises Funds to Make Vegan Egg Whites

SAN FRANCISCO, July 9, 2015 -- Clara Foods, a sustainable foods company, announced the successful closing of its $1.75 million seed round.

Clara Foods is creating the world’s first animal-free egg white. Clara is the first company from IndieBio, a biotechnology accelerator, to close its round. Among the investors participating in the round are David Friedberg, Ali and Hadi Partovi, Scott Banister, and SOSV.

With the growing popularity for low cholesterol, high protein foods, the market for egg whites has grown to exceed $3 billion domestically. But along with egg whites’ rising popularity, there is also a growing concern for the environmental, animal welfare, and public health compromises of industrial-scale egg production.

Clara Foods aims to resolve this moral and economic deadlock by taking the chicken out of the equation. Clara is bringing an egg white to the table that is produced completely animal-free and therefore free of salmonella and avian flu, using far less land and water inputs, while matching the taste, nutritional value, and unique culinary properties of the same egg whites we know and love.

The company's founding team includes Arturo Elizondo as its CEO, Dr. David Anchel as its CSO, and Isha Datar in her capacity as CEO of New Harvest, a non-profit organization.

This announcement comes at a time when the largest avian flu outbreak in U.S. history is currently sweeping the Midwest sending egg prices to record highs across the country costing the economy upwards of $1 billion in losses. "From the onset, Clara was founded on a fundamental belief that we can cultivate a better and safer food system using technology” said Arturo Elizondo.

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Reimagining Eggs with Clara

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Reimagining Eggs with Clara

Clara Foods started with a simple idea: We all like good food, and we want to feel good about the food we eat. 

We want food to be healthy, great tasting, and affordable without compromising our environment and our values in the process. Unfortunately, today's current food production system makes that nearly impossible. Is it really too much to ask for? We don’t think so. We (Arturo, David and Isha) were brought together by a shared desire to find a better way. We saw technology as a way to make the system work better – for all of us.

At Clara Foods, we’re reimagining food – starting with the egg white. Egg whites are a rich source of lean protein. They have no cholesterol, no fat, and practically no carbs. It’s no wonder prices of egg whites have tripled in the last two years. But meeting the growing demand means egg production also becomes more and more wasteful, unethical, and unsustainable.

Clara Foods wants to change that. With technology, we are upending the decades-old factory farm model to bring safe, high quality food to breakfast tables across the world. Our strategy is to recreate the egg, the same egg we know and love, from the bottom up. By starting at the the level of the protein, rather than the chicken, we can make a better egg white for everyone. Free of allergens and salmonella. More sustainable and affordable.

We’re excited to embark on this journey, and we want you to come along for the ride! Follow our progress here, we’ll keep you posted for news and updates.

Best,

Arturo, David, and Isha

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