The companies plan to produce a new protein based on non-genetically modified canola.
DSM has announced a partnership with French agro-industrial group Avril to meet the growing consumer demand for plant-based proteins.
The companies plan to produce a new protein based on non-genetically modified canola, which they said will have “excellent functional properties, a high nutritional value, and a balanced taste profile”, making it suitable for applications such as meat and dairy alternatives, beverages, baked products, bars and ready-to-mix.
As part of the collaboration, DSM and Avril will develop an industrial production facility fully dedicated to canola proteins at Avril’s site in Dieppe, France. Commercial availability could be as early as the end of 2021.
“More people are opting for flexitarian, vegetarian and vegan diets for personal, health and environmental reasons,” said DSM chief innovation officer Trish Malarkey.
“With our expertise, DSM can support all forms of proteins produced to the highest sustainable standards. With Avril as a partner, we will be uniquely positioned to serve this growing market and look forward to helping our customers deliver great-tasting, healthy, and sustainable food and beverages.”
Avril CEO Jean-Philippe Puig added: “With 10 billion inhabitants by 2050, experts predict global demand for both animal and plant-based protein to grow, with exponential growth in plant-based proteins due to dietary shifts.
“Through this collaboration, Avril and DSM intend to join forces to contribute through innovation to meet the growing demand.”
DSM said its knowledge of solutions for food and beverages is complemented by Avril’s “ambitious strategy” of innovation in plant-based proteins.
Earlier this year, DSM revealed plans to create a joint venture with Chinese firm Nenter & Co, which will include all Nenter’s production and related assets for vitamin E.
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