A Spoonful of Sweetness: Bonumose

Client Success Story: Bonumose Opens Plant-Based, Prebiotic Sugar Alternative Manufacturing and Advanced R&D Facility in Virginia.

Charlottesville, VA – August Brown is happy to see a truly innovative company such as Bonumose progress in achieving its goals. The company’s new manufacturing and advanced R&D facility will exclusively focus on making Tagatose, a plant-based, prebiotic sugar alternative, accessible to all. The product has numerous benefits, including a lower calorie count, improved gut health, and a reduced risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes. The sweetener is also vegan-friendly, non-GMO, and gluten-free, making it an ideal alternative for health-conscious consumers.


Among other investments, a loan from X-Caliber Rural Capital, supported by an August Brown Feasibility Study, helped finance the new facility. So far, the 50,000-square-foot facility, located at 1500 State Farm Blvd, has brought more than 30 jobs to the Charlottesville community.

“Opening this new facility is an important milestone on the road to bringing the benefits of tagatose to the public,” said Ed Rogers, CEO of Bonumose. “More so than any other alternative to sugar and high-fructose corn syrup, we believe tagatose can enable better-for-you foods that are on parity for palatability and price with consumer favorites.”

About Bonumose, LLC. – Bonumose is a growth-stage startup food ingredient and enzyme innovation company based near Charlottesville, Virginia. Bonumose is supported by global strategic investors and “food for health”-focused institutional investors and an expanding network of global collaboration partners across the value chain. Bonumose developed and patented the methods for continuously producing high-purity tagatose from low-cost, plant-based starch. Bonumose’s process includes upcycling by-product/sidestream starch left over from its supply chain partners’ food production. Beyond food ingredients, Bonumose also is developing enzyme solutions for dietary supplements, crop protection, animal nutrition, and other globally-significant industries. Due to the global public health significance of Bonumose’s innovations, the World Economic Forum recently designated Bonumose as a “Technology Pioneer” for 2022. Bonumose operates with a philosophy of Business as a Moral Imperative. 

About August Brown, LLC – Founded in 2011 by Dr. Gordon Nameni, August Brown is a boutique technology-focused management consulting and advisory firm specializing in feasibility studies.  The August Brown team comprises passionate individuals from diverse backgrounds (engineers, CPAs, marketers, and analysts). August Brown provides feasibility studies that support USDA loans, M&A transactions, and financial decisions.  The company delivers deep insights with analytical rigor that drive growth strategies, market positioning, and continuous improvement.