Our experience in applied protein technology originates from our heritage in dairy technology, understanding the functionality of casein micelles and whey proteins in dairy products and milk protein ingredients. In the last 20 years we have expanded our expertise to include native proteins to support the growing demand for proteins. Today we support the industry with knowledge on dairy proteins, animal proteins (meat, blood, egg, gelatin) and plant proteins, including soy, corn, pea, rice, lupin and duckweed. Our unique position as a partner for companies throughout the value chain enables cross-category learning and implementation of best practice industry-wide.
Plant proteins have traditionally been side-streams from oil production, like soya, or starch production, like potatoes and rice. The problem with many plant derived proteins is that during protein extraction and further processing, they lose functionality: the flavour deteriorates and they lose their solubility due to denaturation. Therefore, they unfortunately end up being used for animal feed.
NIZO has applied its in-depth understanding of protein behaviour, to find a way to keep the plant proteins in their native state. This is not done by using new and expensive drying techniques, but by adapting critical conventional steps used during extraction and spray drying. Cost-effective production of native proteins is a major breakthrough as these nutritious plant proteins show a huge potential for application in foods for human consumption. Plant protein ingredients achieve a much higher added value particularly because they are cheaper and much more sustainable than their animal alternatives.
NIZO’s technology can be applied to produce easily-dissolved powders from a range of plant sources. By selecting the right source, NIZO can prepare protein ingredients with desirable functionalities for a large variety of applications. A few recent examples, include for instance, high-volume foams for non-dairy cappuccinos, stable emulsions such as dressings, and soft gels, like desserts.
NIZO invites you to join the great leap forward in alternative protein extraction!