Newly launched Merit Functional Foods is seeking to uproot the food and beverage industry’s perception of plant-based proteins, producing plant protein ingredients that exceed standards for purity, solubility, taste, and more.
While plant-based protein’s usage has continued to grow over the past several years, these ingredients have traditionally been associated with undesirable taste, poor solubility, and low purity. With its proprietary product portfolio, Merit is seeking to redefine how the food and beverage industry perceives plant-based protein ingredients.
Merit’s product portfolio currently consists of three product family offerings: pea, non-GMO canola, and MeritPro, a unique lineup of nutritionally complete proteins.
The company is currently building an 88,000-square foot production facility in Winnipeg to produce its proprietary plant-based ingredients. The state-of-the-art facility, which is scheduled to be completed by the third quarter of 2020, will be the only commercial facility in the world with the capability to produce food-grade canola proteins.
Merit is a joint venture between former executives of Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods and Burcon NutraScience Corporation. Merit’s commercial-scale protein extraction capabilities allow the company to meet market demand for Burcon’s specialty protein ingredients, which have been in development for more than 19 years and is supported by an extensive patent portfolio.
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