BeerGenomics the biotechnological startup (part of the TechnoSpark group of companies of the investment network of the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs of the RUSNANO Group) opened a branch in St. Petersburg in August 2021, starting to create a federal network for the production of liquid yeast in different regions of Russia. Regional business development is carried out in cooperation with the North-West Center for Technology Transfer (NWCTT, St. Petersburg).
BeerGenomics decided to open production outside Moscow due to the growing demand for the company’s yeast and the need to speed up delivery to the regions. Until July 2021, the startup had one production laboratory, in Moscow, so it took several days to deliver yeast to the regions. The branch opened in St. Petersburg allows buyers from the north-western regions of Russia to receive ordered yeast faster due to simplified logistics.
BeerGenomics yeast laboratory specializes in the professional cultivation of liquid yeast, as well as in using genetic methods for beer and raw material contamination control. Yeast is one of the key ingredients in beer production. To ensure product quality, large breweries maintain their own laboratories with a bank of used strains. However, small businesses cannot afford additional costs and use ready-made, specially grown yeast cultures. The demand for cultured liquid yeast, as well as for the control of beer and raw materials contamination by genetic methods, is confirmed by the statistics of the technological startup BeerGenomics: the BeerGenomics catalog of liquid yeast includes 27 strains for the production of various types of beer, including non-alcoholic, and kvass. All these strains are available to the clients of the laboratory in St. Petersburg. It is possible to order both soft-pack brewery yeast and capsules for homebrew. This laboratory can produce genetically pure yeast, store and cultivate strains properly, as well as check their purity using genetic tests, drawing on the competence and capabilities of the main laboratory in Moscow.
Scaling up the BeerGenomics business and opening the production in other regions of the country is aimed at meeting the growing demand for the company’s yeast and optimizing the logistics processes for delivering products.
“The branch opened in St. Petersburg not only increases our production potential and speeds up the delivery of yeast to the north-west of the country. This also allows to more effectively interact with craft breweries in St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region, and this region is considered the center of brewing throughout Russia.”
Yulia Dolgopolova, CEO, Beer Genomics
St. Petersburg is considered the birthplace of craft beer, an experimental beer produced by mini and microbreweries. Today, there are about 50 such factories operating in the city. The share of them in the local market is up to 5% (for comparison, on average in Russia this figure does not exceed 1%). After a decline in sales in 2020, according to Rosstat, beer production in the first half of 2021 amounted to 400 million decaliters, showing a change of 101.3% compared to the first half of 2020.
Source: Media Office of TechnoSpark