From producer to processor to consumer, U.S. farmers are determined to meet the demand for soy ingredients—including high oleic soybean oil and complete proteins—as food manufacturers adapt to new marketplace trends.
COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the food industry, forcing developers to hastily rethink how to safely and efficiently approach production in all capacities. According to a report published by the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute, COVID-19’s effects on the food supply chain include changes to standard industry practices and increased costs as it relates to production, processing, transportation and retailing of food. While sectors of our food industry may change permanently, the supply chain will continue to rely on our resilient U.S. farmers.
Despite the unprecedented circumstances presented by COVID-19, U.S. farmers continue to maintain a reliable source of safe and sustainable food, planting and growing in order to meet consumer and business demands and feed communities around the world. In fact, U.S. soybean farmers planted what could be the second-largest soybean crop in U.S. history in 2020, ensuring a reliable supply of soybean oil and protein for food companies. Large regions dedicated to soybean production with diverse weather and technology investments make a crop of this magnitude possible; however, the resiliency of U.S. soybean farmers and the unwavering commitment to their craft acts as a catalyst to continued improvement of soybean yields.
Working Hard, Together
From producer to processor to consumer, U.S. farmers are determined to meet the demand for soy ingredients as food manufacturers adapt to new marketplace trends.
“Despite the challenges of COVID-19, continuing to farm and provide U.S. grown sustainable ingredients like high oleic soybean oil to the food industry is critical,” says United Soybean Board Farmer-Director Rochelle Krusemark. “We take pride in delivering through challenging times and will continue to push forward.”
High Oleic Soybean Oil Benefits
U.S. soybean farmers take pride in growing their crop and doing so sustainably to supply a quality ingredient, like high oleic soybean oil, to the food industry. Grown exclusively in the U.S., high oleic soybean oil can be used in a variety of applications. It extends shelf life and features a neutral flavor profile allowing the flavor of the other ingredients to shine. Its resistance to oxidation in high-heat applications makes high oleic soybean oil ideal for frying, sautéing and baking. Food companies also can turn to soy-based shortenings for their top-performing results across many bakery applications from donuts, icings and cookies. Bakery applications will benefit from high oleic soybean shortening’s wide temperature range and excellent melting properties.
A Complete Protein
Another sustainable solution and effective ingredient for the food industry is soy protein. It is one of the only plant-based foods that provides all essential amino acids. Companies can maximize soy protein and label it as a source of folate, potassium and fiber. Additionally, soy protein is the only plant protein comparable in quality to animal protein and higher than the quality of nearly all other plant proteins. Food producers can capitalize on the growing plant-based protein trend and leverage soy's health halo by sourcing soy protein for their products.
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