Novel pea and canola processing

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This investment of $19.1 million will lead to the commercialization high-quality plant-based proteins.

From left to right: Ryan Bracken, Co-CEO of Merit Functional Foods, The Honourable Jim Carr, Special Advisor for the Prairies, and Bill Greuel at the Merit Functional Foods and Pitura Seeds announcement event

Merit Functional Foods of Winnipeg, Man., Pitura Seeds from Domain, Man., and Winning Combination of Winnipeg are focusing on proprietary pea protein and canola protein isolates, including the world’s first highly soluble, highly functional canola protein isolate.

The project, when complete, will create a range of products, including ingredients to be used in high-value food applications such as plant-protein beverages and plant-based burgers and result in the employment of more than 200 people.

By taking patented technology from Burcon Nutrascience, and with support from the Manitoba Food Centre, the project will commercialize the world’s first canola proteins and novel pea protein isolates with more than 90 per cent purity and nearly 100 per cent solubility in food and beverages. This high purity improves the pea proteins flavour profile, while high solubility eliminates the grittiness experienced with less soluble proteins.