Oat and pulse ingredient research nets $7.3 million from Protein Industries Canada

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Protein Industries Canada will contribute $7.3 million to a project focused on creating new ingredient and food options with oat and pulse ingredients created by Avena Foods for use by Big Mountain Foods, Danone Canada and Old Dutch.

The project plans to develop ingredient replacements and processing aids for new foods, including allergy-friendly alternatives.

The total project budgets is set at $19.2 million.

“Investment into ingredient manufacturing is an untapped economic opportunity for Canada, and this project is an example of what is possible when we take our widely-available Canadian crops such as pulses and oats to create new ingredients and food,” says CEO of Protein Industries Canada Bill Greuel. “With the scale-up of ingredient processing, we can produce ingredients with enhanced functionality that can better meet the demand of consumers when it comes to taste, texture and nutritional benefits.”

Old Dutch, Danone, and Big Mountain Foods will use the new ingredients from Avena to create new snack options and reformulated products, including yogurt, plant-based beverages and creamers, veggie links, cutlets, pastries, fillings and alternative non-soy/non-fava tofu products.

Related: PIC to focus on ingredient manufacturing

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