Merit Functional Foods: Plant Proteins
Merit’s pea and canola ingredient portfolio offers unmatched purity, exceptional taste, and excellent solubility
Merit Functional Foods is committed to exceeding expectations for plant-based protein, providing the market with disruptive protein ingredient solutions that offer unmatched purity, exceptional taste, and excellent solubility.
Merit is producing its ingredients using Burcon NutraScience’s 20-years-in-progress patented protein extraction technology.
Merit’s product portfolio currently consists of three product family offerings: pea, non-GMO canola, and MeritPro™, a unique lineup of nutrionally complete proteins. Its entire portfolio aligns with a number of consumer label concerns, including allergen-free, gluten-free, non-dairy, non-GMO, and vegan.
Construction of the company’s 94,000-square foot production facility in Winnipeg began in fall 2019. The company will begin assembling the superstructure soon, with the entire facility scheduled to be fully operational by the fourth quarter of 2020. The state-of-the-art facility will be the first and only commercial facility with the capability to produce food-grade canola protein.
To demonstrate its capabilities, Merit’s R&D team has developed innovative bar prototypes—containing 20g of plant-based protein per serving—made with MeritPro to demonstrate the ingredient’s positive impact on texture and mouthfeel. While many whey- and plant-based bars on the market with high protein content suffer from a sandy, chalky, or coarse mouthfeel, MeritPro’s impressive solubility allows
formulators to overcome those textural challenges while still delivering on a high protein content.
MeritPro ingredients have a Protein Digestibility Corrected Amino Acid Score (PDCAAS) of 1.0, with the highest purity at over 90% protein.
Still more on-trend prototypes are plant-based beverages made with Peazazz®, the company’s high purity, uniquely soluble pea protein isolate that eliminates the undesirable taste attributes that plague whey, dairy, and other popular protein sources.
More for information about these prototypes and Merit Functional Foods, visit www.meritfoods.com.
About Merit Functional Foods
Established in 2019, Merit Functional Foods is committed to exceeding expectations for plant-based protein, providing the market with the highest quality protein ingredients and blends that offer unmatched purity, exceptional taste, and excellent solubility. Merit is building a state-of-the-art production facility in Winnipeg, where it will produce a portfolio of pea and canola protein ingredients with exceptional functional and nutritional values.