New partnership to improve nutrition and functionality of

TORONTO, November 29, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Protein Industries Canada has announced a partnership that will develop nutritionally and functionally superior quality plant-based food and beverage products.

YoFiit, Avena Foods Limited and Roquette Canada have partnered to solve technical challenges in formulating plant-based milks, probiotic-rich yogurts, and other functional plant-based analogues – with a primary focus on maintaining the nutritional equivalence of animal-based products, and achieving the highest functionality of existing products in the consumer goods industry. Packaged (CPG).

The $1.7 million project will showcase Canada’s capacity – not only as a supplier of high-quality ingredients, but also to adopt cutting-edge food technologies and patent-pending processes to develop unique products in the global vegetable protein market.

“This project is another example of Canada’s growing potential in plant-based products,” said The Honorable Francois-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry. “By supporting agricultural SMEs, Protein Industries Canada helps new ideas and products become a reality and allows these companies to expand like never before by reaching new and growing markets in Canada and around the world.”

YoFiit, a food technology startup that provides nutritious plant-based snacks and milk alternatives available in grocery stores across Canada, will lead the development of new food manufacturing technologies and new food products.

This project demonstrates the power of collaboration and the importance of capacity building along the ecosystem. By pairing YoFiit, a small start-up, with global leaders like Avena and Roquette Canada, innovation, marketing and expansion happens faster — while the economic value and associated expertise stay in Canada, said Protein Industries Canada CEO Bill Grewell. “By increasing the capacity to manufacture ingredients and food in Canada, we are strengthening our local food supply chain, helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions, creating jobs and supporting a strong and more prosperous economy.”

Avena and Roquette Canada will build on the success seen in previous Protein Industries Canada projects, including the creation of new plant-based protein ingredients that use Canadian crops. This past collaborative success will allow companies to find innovative, direct applications of their ingredients in products such as YoFiit’s vegan foods and beverages, while bringing in new ingredients and technical expertise that will help drive the project forward.

“We are delighted to receive this investment and to work with Avena and Roquette, two key members of our industry,” said Marie Amazan, CEO of YoFiit. “Through the project, we will have the opportunity to experience more crops grown in Canada and expand our arsenal of plant-based dairy offerings as well as neighboring categories. Through the food technology ecosystem that we have built over the past few years, we will be in a position to pair our research expertise with and product development with the knowledge of our partners components to create some very exciting first things in Canada.”

Avena and Roquette Canada will provide components for the project and will gain critical knowledge about the functionality and performance of their components in unique and innovative CPG products.

“We are very pleased to support a fellow Canadian food processing company on this exciting project. Avena Flour, which has already been sold commercially for a number of food applications, shows great promise in beverages. We look forward to working with YoFiit and our partners,” said Avena CEO Gord Flatten. others to increase Canadian production and global consumption of plant-based beverages and foods.”

“Roquette has over 40 years of experience in plant proteins, and one of our strengths has always been our ability to work closely with food innovators to help them launch new products into the market,” said Dominique Baumann, Managing Director of Roquette Canada. Plant Proteins Global Business Unit. “We are excited to be part of the Protein Industries Canada consortium project and are proud to contribute Nutralys plant protein from the recently opened Portage Pea Protein Factory in Manitoba and the expertise of our customer technical service team.”

The partnership represents Protein Industries Canada’s 23rd technology project, and the 28th overall. Along with industry, Protein Industries Canada has committed more than $426 million to the food, feed and ingredients ecosystem in Canada.

Media can contact:

Gabriel Valentini
Canadian Protein Industries
Winnipeg, MB
431-997-5889
gabriel@proteinsupercluster.ca

About YoFiit

YoFiit is a vegan food technology company that produces nutrient-dense foods such as plant-based milk alternatives that exceed the nutritional specifications of cow’s milk. Founded in 2015 by Marie Amazan, a new Canadian born in Haiti, YoFiit sits at the intersection of food and wellness technology with clean, low-sugar products that also boast added health benefits.

About Avena Foods Limited

Avena is a specialty mill that provides food, pet food, and nutritional manufacturers using a purity-milled, sustainably grown protocol and functional, pulsed gluten-free ingredients. “Partnership for Safe, Healthy Diets and a Sustainable World.”

About Rocket Canada

Roquette is a global leader in plant-based ingredients, a leader in plant-based proteins and a leading provider of pharmaceutical excipients. The group addresses current and future societal challenges by unlocking nature’s potential to deliver the best ingredients for the food, nutrition and health markets. Together with customers who are also passionate about the ongoing food revolution, Roquette contributes to the development of an entirely new gastronomy that meets the demands of consumers. In the pharmaceutical sector, Roquette delivers solutions that play an important role in medical treatments that treat and save lives. With a constant drive for innovation and a long-term vision, the group is committed to improving the well-being of millions of people around the world, while taking care of resources and territories. Founded in 1933, Roquette is a family-owned business operating in more than 100 countries, with a turnover of approximately €3.5 billion and employing 8,360 people worldwide.

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