Calysta, Inc. World-leading alternative protein producer, Calysta, has appointed Herman Sloot as its new vp of commercial development to target opportunities in the pet and human food sectors.

Calysta is the world’s largest alternative protein company and the first of its kind to build an industrial-scale production facility. Its fermentation technology produces protein without using any arable land, very little water and no animal or plant matter.

Herman comes to the company having spent the last eight years with collagen protein giant Gelita, where he was most recently the Global VP of fats, proteins and minerals. Based in Germany, Sloot’s primary focus will be on the European market, where Calysta’s proteins are approved for use in pet food applications.

Calysta is currently putting the finishing touches to the Calysseo JV it is building in China with 50/50 partner Adisseo. Coming online at the end of the year, the first phase will produce 20,000 tonnes of protein per year.

Herman Sloot, who also worked with Dupont Nutrition and Health (formerly Danisco) for 10 years, officially takes up his new position on September 1.

Calysta is developing a family of natural, sustainable and traceable feed ingredients for fish, livestock, pets, and human food, produced by fermenting natural gas with a naturally occurring bacteria. It requires no arable land, uses no plant or animal matter in its production and uses very little water, supporting global food security and helping feed an increasing population in a sustainable way. The first of these products, FeedKind® protein, is tailored for the aquaculture and livestock markets.