You’ve probably heard of NEOM – a new 26,500 km² urban area in development in the northwestern Tabuk Province, Saudi Arabia.
And with ambitions to offer a new model for sustainable living which allows its residents to thrive without having a negative impact on the environment, it’s not surprising that NEOM’s innovators are already thinking about food.
In December 2023 NEOM announced the launch of its own food company, called Topian. The company is a proactive step towards the development’s food climate goals:
Dr. Juan Carlos Motamayor (CEO at Topian) said in a statement,
"As a wholly-owned subsidiary of NEOM, Topian is fully aligned with NEOM’s commitment to providing high-quality food products to the market, and promoting food security and sustainability, while contributing to the Kingdom’s self-sufficiency objectives and long-term economic goals.
Topian is leading the food-security conversation to create a resilient food supply in line with the Saudi Green Initiative and the United Nations Sustainability Development Goals. We are not only committing to shaping a transformative global food system, but also to setting a global benchmark by pioneering new technologies and innovative solutions to overcome food-related challenges and create a more secure, sustainable, and prosperous future for all.”
In the face of climate change and an increasing global human population, science and technology are key to establishing future-proof, sustainable, and resilient food systems. Topian isn’t unique in recognising this; but as a new company working in a new, tech-enabled environment, its innovators are taking advantage of the opportunity to put science at the heart of its food production solutions.
At present, it’s all about exploration. The company is partnering with collaborators that can help to create practical change in the way people work with food, and it’s inviting the food industry to step up to the plate (pun intended) and create food products that offer better taste with lower impact.
Partnership agreements so far include…
And all of them will be focused on R&D initiatives – leveraging the expertise of each partner to develop innovative food production techniques.
In a nutshell, Topian (at its current stage) is all about learning, collaborating, exploring, and experimenting – and that holds real promise for breakthroughs in the future of food.
From an agri-food tech accelerator program, to a partnership dedicated to nurturing future Saudi Arabian chefs; NEOM and Topian are digging deep into the potential of food and transformation.
And for us, as a global F&B industry event located in Riyadh, the most exciting thing is this:
It’s a clear example of Saudi Arabia’s dedication to innovation in food production and consumption, and a sign of important changes to come. As international collaborators work together, more world-changing food solutions will emerge from this country – tried, tested, and ready to scale.
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