Food In Canada

$29M project seeks to create a better plant-protein ingredient



A rendering of More Than Protein Ingredients building.

Protein Industries Canada and a consortium of partners, including More Than Protein Ingredients, Quantum Mechanical Technology, and Hamman Ag Research are announcing a project to create one of the most functional plant protein ingredients available on the market.

“With the growing demand for high-quality plant-based protein ingredients, the government is proud to support the work of the Protein Industries Supercluster and its partners on this project. This project will build on innovation throughout the supply chain, from seed genetics to ingredient processing. This will benefit not only farmers and food manufacturers, but also Canadian consumers, who will have more options when it comes to products made with top-quality plant-based ingredients,” said François-Philippe Champagne, minister of innovation, science and industry.

Working with pea and lupin, the project partners will first focus on the breeding and agronomic level to improve the protein quantity and quality of yellow peas, which will bring value to crop input companies and farmers. The next step is pre-treatment to help prepare the crops for ingredient processing. Quantum Technologies will apply gentle Modified Wave Technology to improve hull removal and optimize the flavour and nutrient profile in both peas and lupins. The final step is scaling up innovative processing technologies to produce functional protein ingredients for plant-based consumer food manufacturers. More Than Protein Ingredients will be building a dedicated commercial-scale innovation line that will take plant-based protein extraction to the next level producing the next generation of food protein ingredients. In addition to the innovation line, More Than Protein Ingredients is constructing a new processing facility near Bowden, Alta.

“This project will develop out a complete supply chain solution for the plant-based protein industry that will provide Plant-Based Canadian Food Manufacturers with leading-edge ingredients to develop the foods of the future,” said Kevin McGeough, CEO of More Than Protein Ingredients. “We look forward to working with our consortium partners to build this next-generation agriculture and food supply chain in North America.”

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The $29 million project will see Protein Industries Canada invest $5.7 million, with the remaining invested by the consortium partners. The More Than Protein facility is scheduled to be operational by spring 2023.

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