Sevita Genetics has received regulatory approval for Alinova, a non-GMO, high-oleic soybean variety, a food-grade soybean industry first for Canada.
The variety, available for planting this growing season, is also tolerant to soybean cyst nematode, says Sevita. It is a mid- to late-season variety suitable for Ontario and Quebec growing conditions.
Sevita says high-oleic soybean oil varieties are sought after by international food companies and processors, because the oil profile is comparable to olive or canola oils. It is considered to have greater oxidative stability, compared to standard soybean oil, resulting in extended shelf life of food products.
The oil has a unique taste profile for food manufacturing and has less saturated fat than commodity soybean oil, making this variety an attractive ingredient for health-conscious consumers, the company says.
“This is a great example of our fully integrated business model creating value for growers and end users alike. Alinova and future high-oleic varieties from Sevita Genetics will be extremely high yielding and support strong premiums for growers due to their unique end use characteristics. We are very proud to have developed these varieties, which are a first for Canada and we are fully committed to continuing our investment in genetics to provide Canadian growers with high yielding and high value production opportunities in years to come,” says Sandy Hart, general manager of Sevita International.