Arcadia Biosciences, Inc., a leader in science-based approaches to enhancing the quality and nutritional value of crops and food ingredients, announced the US Patent and Trademark Office has awarded the company two patents for extending the shelf life of whole wheat by minimizing hydrolytic and oxidative rancidity. The company also received notices of allowance for two additional patents extending earlier claims surrounding the extended shelf life of wheat and reduced gluten grains. The new patents bring the total number of patents in Arcadia's GoodWheat™ portfolio of non-genetically modified (non-GM) wheat varieties to 22.
These patented traits apply to two of the company's GoodWheat wheat varieties: extended shelf life and reduced gluten. Arcadia's extended shelf life wheat has been shown to extend the storage life of whole wheat flour to more than 10 months, compared to standard whole wheat flour, which begins to oxidize immediately after milling and has an average shelf life of 10 to 30 days. The company's reduced gluten variety of GoodWheat delivers all the taste and performance of traditional flour, but with 65% less allergenic gluten.
Specifically, US Patent 10,463,051 grants intellectual property protection for wheat plants with reduced Lipase 1 activity, leading to reductions in decomposition products of fatty acids that can affect the smell or flavor in the processed crop. The second patent, US Patent 10,457,951, focuses on similar reductions in decomposition products of fatty acids driven by lipoxygenase enzymes. The third patent, US Notice of Allowance 16/580,975, extends Arcadia's protection of extended shelf life technology in food and food products. Together, these patents, along with Arcadia's existing estate, establish a broad and powerful intellectual property portfolio protecting the company's extended shelf life technology for its GoodWheat lines of products. The fourth patent, US Notice of Allowance 15/577,588, builds upon Arcadia's intellectual property estate for reduced gluten GoodWheat product lines.