Pitching competition to showcase solutions at the Asia-Pacific Agri-Food Innovation Summit in Singapore this October.

Thai Union has partnered with the Asia-Pacific Agri-Food Innovation Summit in Singapore to launch an Innovation Challenge for start-ups developing novel ingredients and applications from ocean-derived ingredients.

Speaking about the challenge, Thai Union’s Global Innovation Director, Dr. Tunyawat Kasemsuwan says: “The ocean offers an abundance of sustainable, nutritious food products. As a Global seafood leader, we are delighted to offer this opportunity to innovators working in the exciting area of novel food ingredients. I personally look forward to discovering fresh ideas and new solutions that will support our SeaChange 2030 Sustainability Strategy to reshape the seafood industry.”

The challenge winner will receive invaluable support and guidance from Thai Union’s Global Innovation team, including technical expertise, regulatory assistance, and formulation development, to bring their ideas to life and make a positive impact in the realm of diet and nutrition.

Thai Union Innovation Challenge

ENTRIES ARE OPEN NOW UNTIL AUGUST 16 at www.agrifoodinnovation.com/thai-union-innovation-challenge for entrepreneurs around the world actively working to develop solutions including:

  • Use of precision fermentation to produce ingredients that otherwise would be marine-sourced.
  • Functional applications of marine based oils, such as extending shelf-life properties to enhance diet and nutrition
  • Seaweed or algae-derived ingredients promoting health and wellness
  • Healthy, functional ingredients with primary supportive studies

Three selected finalists will pitch their solutions live on stage in Singapore at the Asia-Pacific Agri-Food Innovation Summit to Thai Union senior executives and a global audience of agri-food investors, food brands and technology leaders, before the winner is announced.


Thai Union Innovation Challenge Webinar with Dr. Tunyawat Kasemsuwan, Director, Global Innovation and Chris Aurand, Open Innovation Leader

The Thai Union team will share vital insights into what they are looking for in this challenge, from the context of what’s happening in Asia’s food-tech industry and the opportunities for novel ingredients, to start-up partnerships and bringing new products to market.

Senior executives from its Global Innovation team will speak in a live interactive Q&A webinar on Monday August 7 at 5pm Singapore SGT. Webinar registration is free and open to all, sign up at www.agrifoodinnovation.com/thai-union-innovation-challenge.

The full Asia-Pacific Agri-Food Innovation Summit programme for October 31 to November 2 in Singapore, with speaking faculty and delegate information are available at www.agrifoodinnovation.com

About Thai Union

Thai Union Group PCL is the world’s seafood leader, bringing high quality, healthy, tasty and innovative seafood products to customers across the world for 46 years.

Today, Thai Union is regarded as one of the world’s leading seafood producers and is one of the largest producers of shelf-stable tuna products with annual sales exceeding THB 155.6 billion (US$ 4.4 billion) and a global workforce of more than 44,000 people who are dedicated to pioneering sustainable, innovative seafood products.

The company’s global brand portfolio includes market-leading international brands such as Chicken of the Sea, John West, Petit Navire, Parmentier, Mareblu, King Oscar, Hawesta, and Rügen Fisch, Thai-leading brands SEALECT, Fisho, Qfresh, Monori, OMG Meat, Bellotta and Marvo, and ingredient and supplement brands UniQ®BONE, UniQ®DHA and ZEAvita.

As a company committed to “Healthy Living, Healthy Oceans,” Thai Union is proud to be a member of the United Nations Global Compact, a founding participating company of the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF), and current Chair of Seafood Business for Ocean Stewardship (SeaBOS). Thai Union’s ongoing work through its SeaChange® sustainability strategy was recognized when the company was listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) for the ninth consecutive year in 2022. The company was ranked number one on the Food Products Industry Index of the DJSI, a position it previously held in 2018 and 2019. Thai Union was also named to the FTSE4Good Emerging Index for the sixth straight year in 2021. Find out more about the Group’s sustainability at seachangesustainability.org.