Vestkorn´s textured proteins are sustainable meat substitutes

Vestkorn’s textured pea and faba bean proteins are tasty and nutritious substitutes, suitable for imitating e.g. chicken and pork meat. Produced in a sustainable way, Vestkorn ingredients provides high-quality plant-based protein for a global growing population.

Aslak Lie, CEO

Meat production accounts for one-fourth of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, and yet global meat consumption continues to rise. In addition, current levels of meat production and consumption are not sustainable for a global population of almost 8 billion people – which is projected to reach 9.7 billion in 2050.

In response to this, scientists at the UN have recommended governments to enact meat-reduction policies and that individuals adopt a mostly plant-based diet.

Textured vegetable protein made from peas and faba beans

Vestkorn Milling has developed textured vegetable proteins (TVP) made from peas and faba beans. These products mimics meat, providing a healthy, sustainable alternative to meat. All ingredients are natural, non-GMO, soy- and gluten-free. In addition, Organic TVP are also available in Vestkorn’s product portfolio.

Vestkorn´s TVPs are great sources of high-quality protein (up to 70% protein content), not chemically processed, either no additives are used and therefore great clean-label alternatives.

Textured pea and faba bean proteins are the newest product development in the company, which already produce dry processed proteins, starches, fibre and flours for the food, pet food and feed industries.

Vestkorn textured protein (TVP)

Textured vegetable protein made from peas and faba beans, very suitable as meat replacers.

Environmental benefits

Vestkorn’s TVP has a small carbon footprints, mainly thanks to the company’s dry processing method. If you compare wet processing of protein, starches and fibres with this dry process, the dry process does not use any acids or bases which requires large amounts of fresh water. Nor does the dry process create any chemical-laden wastewater in need of treatment and disposal. The result is a more economical process with significant energy savings and less environmental impacts.

Moreover, peas and faba beans are native to Europe, and this means the raw materials for Vestkorn’s TVP can be grown locally, closer to consumer markets. Over time, this may help to reduce European consumption of soy in human food and animal feed, and replace it with a less allergenic, more eco-friendly alternative.

Vestkorn uses a dry processing method. The plant is located at Tau on the South-West coast of Norway.

Market potential

The plant-based protein market is expected to reach USD 15.6 billion in the next five years, driven by consumer demands for animal-free, sustainable and healthier protein alternatives, especially plant-based protein. In addition, The European Nation (EU) is seeking to reduce soy imports from Latin America and promote the cultivation of native protein-rich plants in Europe.

Vestkorn’s vision is to create food for the global good. With 10 years of experience within protein extraction processing, Vestkorn is the largest producer of its kind in Europe.

Based on article from The Explorer – Norway’s official marketplace for green technology.