Tindle. What is it?
Food that we eat can be earth-friendly, or earth-damaging. Now, there is a new greenhouse-gas-friendly food that not only saves the earth, but that was inspired by an Irish boffin!
The Greenhouse Effect. We all know it. But what you might not know is that it was actually an Irish Physicist who came up with the concept. In the late 1850s, Irish Physicist John Tyndall figured out that water vapour and carbon dioxide can absorb and retain heat in the atmosphere.
It is surprising that John Tyndall was not a well-known scientist despite having significant contributions to science. Born to a poor couple who moved to Ireland in the seventeenth century, John was mostly taught by his father, the elder John Tyndall, who had some ripped skills in mathematics and English.
The younger Tyndall eventually found himself employed in Manchester as a civil engineer. He also moonlighted as a teacher of Mathematics at Queenwood College. He would teach his students to solve mathematical problems by finding their own solutions and not merely following books.
Tyndall, like most of his scientific peers at his time, was agnostic. These views eventually drove him from Catholic Ireland. It also gave him problems with the ladies, as he was deemed unsuitable for church-going families.
Finally at the age of 55 with several rejected proposals under his belt, Tyndall caught himself a wife. He became betrothed to Lady Louisa Hamilton, who supported him in his scientific endeavours.
Greenhouse Gas Inspired Foods
Fast forward to 2021, where a new company, Next Gen Foods, use the knowledge gained from Tyndall’s research to make a new food product that’s easy on the greenhouse gases. Next Gen Foods is an Asian food tech startup, based in Singapore. Their product TiNDLE, is the first chicken-like product made from plants designed specifically for chefs to serve in restaurants. TiNDLE as a modern reference to our man John Tyndall, who proved the connection between atmospheric CO2 and the greenhouse effect.
The product can be used to make butter chicken to nuggets, sandwiches and tacos. Welcome to plant-based chicken on your menus. The company claim the food product has taken off in Asia and the Middle East
TiNDLE is now served in about 150 restaurants in Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau, Kuala Lumpur and the UAE.
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Next Gen Foods plans to officially launch TiNDLE in other countries next year. They are trying to get the word out now. Says Next Gen Foods’ Co-Founder and CEO Andre Menezes, “We’ve been receiving excellent feedback from chefs and diners in Asia and the Middle East. It’s the perfect time to land in the United States in the midst of the nation’s growing love for simple, plant-based food.”
Next Gen Foods was founded in 2020 by Brazilian-born poultry exporter and food industry veteran Andre Menezes, and German native Timo Recker, whose family business made schnitzel and other meat products for three generations.
After a chance meeting at a business incubation project, they decided to work on products that reduce humanity’s reliance on animal agriculture.
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Next Gen Foods is funded by a $30 million investment from Asian and American venture capitalists, the largest initial round ever for a plant-based food startup. Global celebrities including English footballer Dele Alli and business guru Chris Yeh are also investors.
Thanks to research done by John Tyndall, the world now understands the effect of greenhouse gases. Humans are actively researching for ways to help improve the atmosphere.
Interested chefs and restaurateurs who would like to be early TiNDLE adopters can send a note to [email protected].
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