The Plantaris line marks FrieslandCampina’s first venture into the plant-based market. In collaboration with AGT Foods, it developed two products it says deliver a better-tasting protein formula: Plantaris Pea Isolate 85 and Plantaris Faba Isolate 90 A. Compared to similar products, FrieslandCampina and AGT Foods say the isolates are largely free of the off-putting flavors typically found in legume-based products. It conducted a sensory analysis, and found that finished products made with their ingredients provided a cleaner and more neutral taste.
Making Better Protein
The novel isolates are cream-colored, easy to dissolve, and remain stable at high temperatures, making them suitable for a wide variety of applications. They are also extracted without the use of harsh chemicals and are fully gluten-free. Both companies hope the ingredients will offer flexitarian consumers more diverse protein choices, and provide brands an appealing new ingredient that satisfies consumer expectations for taste and enjoyment.
Murad Al-Kitab, President and CEO of AGT Foods, commented to Dairy Reporter: “The world of food and nutrition reacts quickly to changing consumer demands. Collaboration and innovation are key elements for unlocking opportunities in the plant-based market.”
Herman Ermens, president of Ingredients at FrieslandCampina also spoke to Dairy Reporter: “At FrieslandCampina Ingredients, we know protein. It’s in our DNA. And because of that, we know we have value to add to this space. By partnering with AGT, a leading innovator in plant-based ingredients, we want to help our customers seize the opportunities in this growing market by presenting high-quality dairy and plant-based ingredients, side-by-side. Our partnership opens up huge scope for innovation and the creation of precisely-targeted end-products for today’s consumers.”