Sunflower and hemp product development gets funding support from Protein Industries Canada

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Protein Industries Canada has announced a new project to increase the value of sunflower and hemp products, in partnership with Burcon NutraScience, HPS Food & Ingredients, and Puratos Canada. A total of $6.9 million has been committed to the project, with Protein Industries Canada committing $3 million and the partners together committing the remainder.

Burcon is working to extract hemp protein isolate, sunflower protein isolate, and sunflower protein concentrate from hemp and sunflower flour, respectively. These ingredients are in demand by food and beverage companies, says PIC.

These first-in-the-market ingredients will meet the growing needs of food and beverage companies, as they work to provide Canadian consumers with a wide variety of nutritious, sustainable and flavour-neutral protein options.

In partnership with Burcon, HPS is assessing hemp crop varieties to determine which are best suited for the new ingredients, while also developing, commercializing, and scaling the technology needed to process the hemp into the new ingredients. Further along the value chain, Puratos and Burcon will each focus on using the hemp and sunflower ingredients in new food and beverage products, particularly baking applications, beverages and meat alternatives.

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