Clean-Label Organic Plant Protein
Globally we need to rethink how we grow, produce and consume our food. With a growing population, we must take actions to prevent food scarcity, climate change, loss of biodiversity and hunger. There is no silver bullet on how to face these massive challenges, but a holistic approach that not only focuses on production but also at environmental aspects might be part of the solution.
Globally, there is a growing market for plant-based alternatives to meat, but few of them are clean-labeled. The Danish company Organic Plant Protein fills a gap in the market with their plant-based organic brand that is produced without the use of isolates.
Locally sourced plant protein following the organic principles
Organic Plant Protein produces organic, textured plant proteins from peas and faba beans which are sold both to retail, foodservice and as an ingredient to food manufacturers. The raw materials are currently sourced from Nordic and Baltic countries and in few years, Organic Plant Protein expects to locally source their raw materials from Denmark.
The raw materials are extruded exclusively by a mechanical process, which brings the protein content up to 55-58%
The protein concentrates are produced in a dry mechanical process without the use of chemicals. For the extrusion process to work, the protein flour must have a very high protein content. In order not to compromise on the organic principles, Organic Plant Protein has as one of the first in the world been able to extrude plant protein without the use of isolates.
High protein content without the use of chemicals
The raw materials at Organic Plant Protein’s factory are extruded exclusively by a mechanical process, which brings the protein content up to 55-58%. Their dry TVP-product contains 53% protein and around 18% after absorption of water, marinade or another kind of liquid. The product furthermore has a low-fat content of 4% and a high content of dietary fibre of 15%.
When the factory is fully developed, Organic Plant Protein estimates that they can produce 5000 tons of textured plant proteins per year. With 80% of their raw materials coming from peas, they have a very small CO2 footprint compared to other protein-rich plants that can be used for food.