Vestkorn is the biggest producer in Europe of protein and starch concentrates made from the dry milling of the two legumes faba beans and peas. The company is a subsidiary of Tau Mølle with a history going back more than 150 years, to 1855. Vestkorn is located in Tau, close to Stavanger, Norway. The company is GMP+ certified and uses a purely mechanical processing method for beans and peas with no chemical treatment.
Fababean protein concentrate with a protein content of 65% in now available to order. The product is 100% Natural and made by the use of dry milling and air classification. No additives or chemical compounds are used in the process. Fababean protein concentrate is made by the use of low tannin fababeans and only the kernel is used in the process of making the product.
Possible applications and benefits:
- Source of protein in grain-free products
- Works well nutritionally and functionally in combination with pea, potato or sweet potato starch when replacing wheat or other cereals in grain-free pet foods
- High biological value and good protein digestibility
- Rich in lysine
- Compensates for protein loss when wheat replaced by pea, potato or sweet potato starches
- Non-GMO alternative to soybean meal – with higher protein level and higher oil content
- Low ash alternative for meat and bone or poultry meat meals
- Neutral or good palatability
- Finely ground for better digestibility and good texture properties
- Protein binding properties for setting the structure of meat balls
- Alternative to wheat gluten for grain-free product
- Cost effective alternative to other binders such as plasma
- Works along with the binding properties of the animal proteins in meats
- Use for increasing protein level – non-GMO and grain-free
Faba beans (Vicia faba) are a type of pulse or legume, a plant group than also includes lentils, beans, chickpeas, lupins and soybeans. Faba beans are also known by many other names including broad bean, fava bean, field bean and tic bean. The faba beans used by Vestkorn are all farmed in Europe. Faba beans are well suited to growing conditions in Northern Europe and are an ideal source of good quality nutrition and in particular as a source of protein as well as starch and fibre. Faba beans are a highly sustainable crop as the have nitrogen fixing bacteria in nodules in their roots so they have lower fertilizer requirements than other crops and are ideal for rotation with cereals and other food crops. Faba beans have a higher protein content than peas, and also higher levels of some essential amino acids.
Some environmental benefits of bean crops include:
- Nitrogen rich organic manures after cropping
- A direct positive impact on soil quality because they help feed soil microbes, which benefits soil health
- Building of soil fertility via carbon and nitrogen sequestration
- Diversification of crop rotation and reduction in the requirement for pesticides
- Require less fertiliser than other crops
- A protein source with a low ecological footprint, both for carbon and water – especially compared with animal proteins
- Helps prevent soil erosion by strip intercropping
- Long-term sustainability compared with other protein sources
- Local production in Europe unlike most soybeans, so less transport
Beans have several nutritional benefits compared to cereal and starchy tuber ingredients. For example:
- High protein
- High in some essential amino acids such as lysine
- Low fat
- Gluten free
- High fibre
- Low allergenicity
- A good natural source of Vitamin A, Thiamine, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Vitamin K, Potassium, Copper, Zinc and Manganese
- Nutritional information is given on individual product data sheets.
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