Roquette collaborated with KOR Food Innovation, the country’s premier culinary marketing agency, to offer innovative solutions at the 2016 IFT Expo in Chicago. Several on-trend prototypes addressed today’s consumer needs—with a keen focus on the current flexitarian trend driven mostly by Millennial consumers.

Guiding Roquette’s work is the belief that today’s consumers need more from their food than just delicious taste. They’re looking for more fiber, more protein, more nutrient-dense food and specialty formulations.

Roquette is not only one of the world’s premier suppliers of performance ingredients, but also a solution provider. For IFT, Roquette emphasized its position as a forward-thinking applications specialist. The company stands ready to collaborate in all areas of food product development, deliver more functional foods to the industry, and emphasize quality of gold standard products.

Roquette’s star of the IFT was a Vegan Burger featuring a vegan hamburger patty that was high in protein and a source of fiber—but also completely free from soy.

Roquette’s key ingredient is NUTRALYS® T70S. This new 100% plant-based new texturizing protein ingredient is made exclusively from yellow pea. NUTRALYS® T70S has a neutral taste and color, allowing a variety of meat substitutes with different flavors, colors and outstanding sensory performance. NUTRALYS®T70S delivers a unique meaty texture and versatile use that can be adapted to different types of meat substitutes (e.g. burger, chicken breast, sausage).

NUTRALYS® T70S is a nutritionally balanced source of protein (70%) that is gluten- and soy-free, and contains no products of animal origin. The fibrous texture of this extruded ingredient becomes evident after it is rehydrated. When not ground or minced, the ingredient makes it possible to simulate pieces of meat.

Beyond its unique functionalities, NUTRALYS® T70S meets an increasingly strong market demand for allergen control.

Rounding out Roquette’s presentation, officials noted that the vegan burger also incorporated a clean and friendly label ketchup made with our Non-GMO Pea Syrup, answering consumer demands for locally sourced non-GMO ingredients. Roquette also sampled a Vegan Mayonnaise with no egg content.

IFT visitors also discovered a range of innovative concepts showcasing a variety of applications.

Confections: Roquette sampled several new concepts including XTAB compressed tablets and a new range of gummies made with locally sourced Non-GMO Pea Syrup.

Dairy Alternatives: Roquette is always looking to be ahead of the curve and pays close attention to today’s needs. The company’s IFT booth also presented one-of-a-kind vegan solutions for dairy products. These included a Vegan Milk, Drinkable Vegan Yogurt Alternative and a Liquid Vegan Coffee creamer—each with exquisite rich texture and amazing taste.

Bakery: Visitors also found healthy, nutrient dense ingredients in Roquette’s many bakery application prototypes. Each of the products—including a chewy granola bar and cupcakes—delivered a good source of fiber and a good source of protein with no taste compromise.

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The Roquette Group:

The business of Roquette, a French family-owned group with an international dimension, is the processing of plant-based raw materials: maize, wheat, potatoes, peas and microalgae. One of the world’s five leading starch manufacturing companies, it offers its customers a wide range of products and solutions in the fields of food, nutrition and health, as well as plant-based chemistry.

Since its foundation over 80 years ago, its development has been based on innovation, a passion for the job and the commitment to achieve. Roquette operates in over 100 countries, has a turnover of 3.1 billion euros and currently employs over 8,000 people around the world.