While pea protein still lags behind soybeans, capacity has expanded rapidly over the past two years, with Boris He recently opened a large factory in Dawson, MinnesotaAndIngredion recently opened a facility in Nebraska; ADM building a plant in North Dakota; Cosucra builds new plant in Denmark and expands production in Belgium; And many Chinese manufacturers are expanding their capacity.
The new 200,000-square-foot Rocket plant – which is powered by hydroelectric power – has the capacity to process 125,000 tons of yellow peas annually, said CEO Pierre Cordero, sourced from local producers, and makes pea protein isolates with 85%+ purity. He said the opening wasA transformative event in our history and a boost to the global plant food sector. “
At a star-studded virtual party hosted by astronaut Chris Hadfield (who entertained viewers with David Boyce’s translation of Space Oddity on his guitar) guest featured by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Beyond Meat CEO Ethan Brown said Roquette has been an important partner beyond meat on over many years.
“in a Beyond meat we always talk about three things. Let’s have a taste that is indistinguishable from animal protein, becauseThey have communicated the health message to consumers, and let’s bring the price of animal protein below the price of animal protein over time. All three of those things are doable, and they can be implemented through partnerships like the ones we enjoy with Roquette.”
he added: “We use 93% less land to produce the same amount of burgers than you would if you were running these crops through an animal. So we have the opportunity to achieve great efficiency in farming and help farmers make more money, as well as free up land to be stewards of the land. the climate “.
There are many applications for pea protein, which is gaining traction in everything from vegetarian beef, pork, seafood and chicken products (Beyond Burgers, new chicken products from Lightlife, and shrimp alternatives from Nestle’s “Vrimp”); for egg substitutes vegan dairy (Ripple, NotMilk, Sproud, Danone’s new Greek-style vegan yogurt); vegetable protein smoothies and shakes (EVOLVE, Koia); sports nutrition products and protein powders (Vega, Orgain); and protein bars and vegan snacks (no cow, simple protein).
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Valuation of all parts of peas
At a press conference after the virtual opening ceremonyAnd Jeremy Birx, senior vice president of plant-based proteins at Rocket, said the company sought to value all of the key components of plant-processed peas, adding:what or what We try to try to end up with no waste, so in fact, we use whatever comes out of the peas.
“Starch is very important… and there are a lot of different applications. In fact, pea starch is really unique in that it has this tremendous film-forming ability, which makes it good for applications like adhesives used in carton manufacturing as well as food applications, and we continue to work on it.”
Asked if the plant would deal with other legumes other than peas, he said that the peas “Keep us very busy for the short termAlthough Rocket is looking for other plant-based protein sources in the future.
“The The growth we’re seeing in the peas is pretty massive, and it looks like it’s going to continue to grow for some time to come… What we do know is that when customers start out, they want to be confident that if their product takes off with the consumer, that they have someone behind them who can help meet that The demand is growing, and that’s really our goal here.”
He was asked about the varieties of peas, and he said:We have our own farm in Roquette and we grow different types of peas, and we look at the performance under different conditions… We also invested in a breeding company called moderation [an Israeli startup using non-GMO techniques to breed high-yielding pea varieties and other plants with higher protein content] two years ago … “
Roquette has also developed proteins with specific functional attributes such as higher (NUTRALYS S 85+) and lower sodium (NUTRALYS L85M) through processing modifications.Our commitment to this market is unprecedented with a massive investment program in excess of the original half a billion euros including equity investments, acquisitions, the upgrade of our Vic-sur-Aisne plant in France and the new plant in Portage. “
“This plant is truly an engineering marvel.”
Rocket would not comment on the high prices of pea protein and higher transportation costs, but Burke noted that building a factory in Manitoba — one of the world’s largest pea-growing regions and close to its North American customer base — would cut food miles:This will benefit a lot as it will shorten supply chains.”
While some of the protein could go to the pet food and animal feed markets, Burke said, “Our real focus is on the human nutrition market.”
Dominic Baumann, Managing Director, Rocket Canada added:This plant is indeed an engineering marvel. To make this highly purified protein, we only use mechanical energy and water.”
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