Pea products: Difference between making concentrates and isolates

Peas belong to a legume family. Moreover, peas along with beans, lentils and other pea types (chickpea, cowpea, etc.) are also known as pulses. Pulses are edible seeds of leguminous plants classified from oilseeds as soybean and peanut and fresh peas/beans. Peas usually contain 20-30% protein, 40-50% starch, and 10-15% of fiber as the main…

Renewable energy since 1855

The history of Vestkorn goes back to 1855, long before anyone of us were born. Businessmen from Stavanger wanted to build a mill and needed power. They found what they were looking for in Tau, and a mill driven by direct water-power was established. Since that time, in 162 years, the renewable energy has been…

Sales of “Natural” pet food continue to show healthy growth

Natural foods are good for you and your pet The market research company GfK, reported in 2016 that the US market for “natural” pet food was worth around $7.5 billion (equivalent to 58% of the “speciality” pet food sector), with grain-free worth around $3.9 billion. (Natural and grain-free pet food: Serious contenders. http://www.gfk.com/insights/press-release/natural-and-grain-free-pet-food-serious-contenders/ ) In…

A short history of starch manufacture – From Ancient Egyptian glue to pea starch concentrate

The birth of starch – A “sticky” start in Ancient Egypt to stiff fabrics in the Middle Ages From the times of Ancient Egypt to 21st century society, the starch industry has seen on-going growth and innovation. The early history of starch manufacture is difficult to determine but the use of “starchy” adhesives were recorded…