The global market for plant-based protein ingredients used for food, drinks and dietary supplements is steadily growing. With a rising world population, who needs an increasing amount of high-quality protein-rich foods, this comes as no surprise. However, these food products need to take human health, environmental sustainability and biodiversity into consideration. So, to address this, PROTEIN2FOOD is developing high-quality food products from protein-rich seed crops and legumes, while using improved and sustainable production and processing methods.
Moving into the project’s final year, partners have developed an array of plant-based alternatives; from meat-like products, plant milks and breads, to pastas and infant formula. On top of this, a total of 55 innovative food recipes have been developed with quinoa. Other crops, such as buckwheat, lentil, chickpeas and faba beans are being investigated as well.
PROTEIN2FOOD’s objective is to encourage and facilitate more people in Europe to transition to more plant-based alternatives with these novel and nutritious products.
In their recent article, the European Commission highlights the current achievements of PROTEIN2FOOD, with a focus on the newly developed high-quality and high-quantity plant-based protein food and drinks.
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