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Canadian partnership forms to improve nutrition and functionality of plant-based food products


November 30, 2021
By Bakers Journal

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Toronto, Ont. — Protein Industries Canada is partnering with YoFiit, Avena Foods Limited and Roquette Canada to develop nutritionally and functionally superior plant-based food products and beverages.

The consortium will tackle technical challenges in formulating plant-based alternatives to conventional Consumer Packaged Goods. It is aiming to solve technical challenges in formulating plant-based milk, probiotic-rich yogurt and other functional plant-based analogues – with a key focus on maintaining the nutritional equivalency to animal-based products, achieving higher functionality than existing products in the CPG industry.

The $1.7-million project is intended to showcase Canada’s capacity – not only as a supplier of quality ingredients, but also for embracing food technology and patent-pending processes to develop products that are unique in the plant-based protein global marketplace, Protein Industries said in a news release.

YoFiit, a food-tech startup with nutritious plant-based snacks and milk alternatives, will lead the development of new food manufacturing techniques and novel food products.

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Avena and Roquette Canada will build on success seen in their prior Protein Industries Canada projects, including the creation of new plant-based protein ingredients that use Canadian crops.

Avena and Roquette Canada will supply the ingredients for the project.

Protein Industries Canada is an industry-led, not-for-profit organization created to position Canada as a global source of high-quality plant protein and plant-based co-products, and one of Canada’s five innovation superclusters.

YoFiit is a plant-based food-tech company creating nutrient-dense foods such as plant-based milk alternatives that surpass the nutritional profile of cow’s milk. Avena Foods Limited is a specialty miller that provides food, pet food, and nutraceutical manufacturers with sustainably grown and milled purity protocol oat and functional gluten-free pulse ingredients. Roquette manufactures plant-based ingredients, plant proteins and provides pharmaceutical excipients.


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