A Manitoba-based company will soon join the plant-based protein craze with canola protein products.
Beausejour area crushing facility M&C Commodities has licensed a canola protein extraction technology developed in part with the Manitoba Canola Growers Association, MCGA announced Sept. 5.
“We’re proud to offer farmers another stream for canola in the marketplace,” said Carlos Melo, president and CEO of M&C Commodities in a news release. “Once branded as plant based protein using canola it becomes another channel for farmers to move their crop.”
“This is an opportunity to expand the value of canola meal as it gives farmers an option beyond livestock feed to market their meal for human protein consumption,” added MCGA executive director Delaney Ross Burtnack in the release.
The patented process uses canola meal left over after cold-pressing the seed for oil. The researchers found that soaking the meal in water could produce a silky, mild-flavoured “canola milk” which could be coagulated and pressed in a tofu-like cake.
The process works best with meal left over from the cold-pressing process.
M&C Commodities produces a line of cold-pressed oils under the brand “Melo’s Finest.” The company intends to add a line of canola protein products to this brand, as well as producing a canola protein ingredient for use by other companies, said Brenden Lawrence, vice-president of business development and international sales.
The products are still in the research and development stage, but Lawrence said they may be ready for production in early 2020.
Lawrence said acquiring the technology fits into M&C Technology’s vision to produce high-quality, healthy and sustainable agri-food products.
This will also give canola producers another avenue to market their crops.
“This is a good news story from a domestic standpoint,” Ross Burtnack told the Manitoba Co-operator.