DSM & Avril collaborate on plant-based protein

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Science business, Royal DSM, is teaming up with French agro-industrial group Avril to bring plant-based protein to the food industry.

They will produce a unique protein based on non-genetically modified canola, which offers a balance taste protein and high nutritional value.

This makes it ideal for a range of applications including meat and dairy alternatives, beverages, baked products, bars and ready-to-mix.

“Through this collaboration, Avril and DSM intend to join forces to contribute through innovation to meet the growing demand,” said Avril CEO Jean-Philippe Puig.

DSM Chief Innovation Officer Trish Malarkey added: “More people are opting for flexitarian, vegetarian and vegan diets for personal, health and environmental reasons.

“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.”

The partners’ ambition is to develop a state-of-the-art industrial production facility fully dedicated to canola proteins at Avril’s Saipol facility in Dieppe.

Commercial availability from first production could be as early as end 2021, they say.