Burcon NutraScience Corporation, a supplier of functional, renewable plant proteins, has completed on schedule the construction of its new semi-works plant in Winnipeg for its Peazazz pea protein.
The new Peazazz semi-works plant utilizes commercial-scale equipment and will be capable of producing the tonnage amounts required by food and beverage makers looking to conduct full-scale, real-world market evaluations of Peazazz in their consumer products. These evaluations typically include consumer testing, market acceptance and shelf life evaluation.
Following a startup and commissioning phase in which the company's engineers will work to optimize the new facility, the company expects to begin production of significant quantities of Peazazz for shipment under the material transfer agreements (MTAs) it recently announced as well as others it expects to sign. The list includes major food and beverage makers, suppliers, and potential industry production and sales partners.
"This marks a significant advancement in the commercialization of Peazazz," said Johann F. Tergesen, Burcon's president and COO. "We have already established the unique functional and nutritional attributes of Peazazz produced at our existing pilot-scale plant. With this new semi-works plant we will now be able to demonstrate that Peazazz can be produced at scale using commercial-scale equipment."
"Although this semi-works plant will utilize commercial-scale equipment, it will only be used to produce the large quantity samples of Peazazz required for market development activities," added Tergesen, "Our ability to produce Peazazz in multiple, non-consecutive batches will demonstrate how this special protein can be reliably and economically produced. It will serve as a functional model for potential manufacturing partners. We expect the plant to ultimately accelerate time-to-market and reduce risk."
Derived from field peas, Peazazz's uniquely clean flavor characteristics, exceptional solubility and nutritional value make it ideal for use in a variety of food, beverage and nutritional products.
Ideal applications for Peazazz include sports nutrition beverages, citrus-based drinks, fruit-flavored beverages, fruit juice blends, fortified waters, dairy alternative products and powdered beverage mixes. Peazazz can also fortify snacks, cereals and diet products, as well as gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan food products.
Compared to other plant-based proteins, pea proteins are also hypoallergenic and more environmentally sustainable. Pea plants have a unique ability to draw in nitrogen from the atmosphere and store it in their roots. This allows producers to use less fertilizer when replenishing the soil, making pea a desired and truly sustainable crop.
Burcon plans to officially introduce Peazazz at the Institute of Food Technologists Annual Meeting and Food Expo to be held in Chicago, Illinois on July 13-16, 2013. At booth #2984, Burcon will offer conference attendees beverages fortified with Peazazz that demonstrate its special qualities and versatility.