Royal DSM has today announced the launch of Vertis™ CanolaPRO®, a high-quality canola protein isolate. This milestone follows more than 10 years of research and development at DSM to unlock the healthy protein from the canola seed and produce it at scale for the food industry. Canola seeds, also known as rapeseeds, are one of the world’s few available plant sources of complete protein, meaning they contain all nine essential amino acids required for good health. Vertis CanolaPRO will allow food and beverage producers to develop plant-based products that offer complete proteins and are free from major allergens.
Vertis CanolaPRO increases protein levels in plant-based food and beverages and does not contain major allergens. When used as part of a protein blending strategy, Vertis CanolaPRO is highly complementary to proteins from legumes and cereals and fills in gaps in essential amino acids. Vertis CanolaPRO has a protein digestibility-corrected amino acid score (PDCAAS) of 1, on par with soy or whey, and a high digestibility score (DIAAS ≥ 100). The functional benefits of Vertis CanolaPRO improve the bite and texture of meat and fish alternatives, and create a smoother mouthfeel in dairy alternatives and performance nutrition products.
Sustainability is at the heart of the production of Vertis CanolaPRO. It is produced from canola meal, a co-product of canola/rapeseed oil production. The ingredient has a small carbon footprint and requires no additional arable land for its production. Vertis CanolaPRO is produced in a proprietary process with minimal water use, low temperatures, and no solvents. Vertis CanolaPRO is produced in a joint venture with Avril Group, a leading processor and financer in the vegetable oils and proteins sector based in France, at a newly constructed facility in Dieppe.
Said Patrick Niels, Executive Vice President of Food & Beverage, DSM: “We are immensely proud to bring Vertis CanolaPRO to the market to help address the need for nutritious, delicious, and sustainable plant-based food and beverages. At DSM, we’re driven to partner with our customers in the food and beverage industry to produce great products that have benefits for both people and the planet. With the launch of Vertis CanolaPRO alongside our legume-based offering, we are establishing a leading portfolio of healthy and sustainable plant proteins that even better positions us as a go-to innovation partner for the plant-based market.”
Along with the launch of Vertis CanolaPRO, DSM is unveiling a differentiating positioning and campaign for its Vertis plant protein portfolio. The portfolio includes plant protein concentrates and textured vegetable proteins based on peas and faba beans, which DSM acquired with Vestkorn Milling in 2021, with more innovative proteins and solutions in the pipeline. For more visit dsm.com