First Canadian soy isolates proving popular

By Dominique Patton

- Last updated on GMT

Related tags Soy protein

Canada's first soy protein isolate processor, Oleanergie F2001, is
seeing unprecedented demand for its organic range of isolates and

The company that started production in August this year and is now selling 10 metric tons per month says it cannot meet demand.

"All the product we produce has already been sold,"​ said Jean Flibotte, president and managing director of the firm.

He told that the firm will ramp up capacity to 40 tons a month from March next year.

Soy protein isolates, containing a minimum 90 per cent protein, are traditionally used in health foods and meat replacement products but are increasingly added to mainstream foods.

The soy protein ingredients market is dominated by a couple of leading US soy processors, with Israeli firm Solbar a significant number three. But Oleanergie says it can benefit from more efficient traceability in the small Canadian sector.

The company received an innovation award from the government earlier this week for its unique production process that avoids the use of hexane and is therefore more environmentally friendly.

Developed in collaboration with scientists at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Food Research and Development Centre in St-Hyacinthe, it was the result of a major initiative launched in 2002 to boost Canada's small soy industry.

The country will have 3 million acres of soy this year, the size of a couple of counties in the US, according to Lucas Thacker, director of the Soy 20/20 project.

But it is trying to focus on niche, value-added markets to increase revenue from the crop. Many of these benefit from the small harvest's efficient traceability.

"We are able to track the bean from the field to the production plant because we're a smaller player,"​ said Thacker.

Sales of organic foods are growing fast in the US. Organic baby food has jumped nearly 18 per cent in 2005 on 2004, according to ACNeilsen figures.

"Many of our new ingredients also have improved functionality in food,"​ he added, pointing to new wholegrain soy flours being made in Canada.

The country does not yet have a health claim for soy but Soyfoods Canada is working on achieving this by 2007, said Thacker. This will give the sector further value.

Related topics Proteins, peptides, amino acids

Related news

Show more

Related products

show more

Oats: A Superfood for Sport Nutrition and Health

Oats: A Superfood for Sport Nutrition and Health

Content provided by Fazer Mills | 26-Jan-2024 | White Paper

Oats are a versatile, affordable, and easy to use superfood that can offer many health benefits and a well-balanced nutritional profile for athletes.

Unlock the business potential of the protein trend

Unlock the business potential of the protein trend

Content provided by Valio | 24-Jan-2024 | White Paper

Read our white paper to learn how to overcome taste and texture challenges in protein products — and how to commercialise the protein trend by making delicious...

Full Vegan Protein Ingredients Solution

Full Vegan Protein Ingredients Solution

Content provided by Ingredients4u AG | 24-Jul-2023 | Product Brochure

Plant-based products have always been a hot topic in the market, the plant-based food market was valued at $29.4 billion in 2020.

Related suppliers

Follow us


View more