Investment Opportunity – Plant Protein Fractionation
With global demand set to sky-rocket, plant-based ingredients are a major growth opportunity.
The Edmonton Metropolitan Region already has the components to become a dominant player in the plant protein market including:
Large volumes of crops suited to making ingredients
A network of crop and food science R&D – including on the commercialization side that can be expanded
Excellent transportation and logistics infrastructure that will allow for the export of plant ingredients
A stable jurisdiction with a supportive business environment for companies looking to set up plant ingredient facilities
Are you interested in learning how you can capitalize on this opportunity?
Edmonton Global will be hosting a webinar on the opportunities that exist for investment in pulse protein fractionation in the Edmonton Metropolitan Region.
What is plant protein fractionation?
Fractionation is the process that separates protein-dense plants (such as peas, lentils, fava beans) into their base elements of protein, fibre, and starch. Once fractionated, these elements can be used as ingredients in a variety of products.
Carlo Dade, Director of the Trade & Investment Centre, Canada West Foundation
As Director of the Trade & Investment Centre, Carlo Dade develops and leads research to promote growth and profitability in western Canada’s export economy. Carlo has a long history in international public policy most recently as Senior Fellow in the University of Ottawa’s School of International Development and Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. He is also a member of the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations (COMEXI).
Carlo has been a leading voice in debates on recent Canadian free trade agreements and development of trade infrastructure. He has a reputation for big-picture thinking and is a leading global expert on pan-Pacific trade, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Pacific Alliance trade blocs. He is one of Canada’s leading commentators on North American competitiveness and Canada-Mexico relations. Carlo is a highly sought-after media commentator throughout North America.
Thava Vasantham, Professor of Grain Science and Technology | Division Director, Food Science & Bioresource Technology | Co-founder, GrainFrac
Dr. Vasanthan earned a B.Sc. in Agriculture from the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka, an M.Sc. in Food Technology from the University of Reading in the UK and a Ph.D. in Food Science and Technology at the Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada. He then worked as a Professional Research Associate in the Department of Applied Microbiology and Food Science at the University of Saskatchewan before joining the University of Alberta in 1996 as an Assistant Professor. He has expertise in carbohydrate (starch, beta-glucan, hemi-cellulose, etc) chemistry and technology; Grain fractionation and utilization; patent drafting and strategies; preparation of industrial research grant applications and strategies. Dr. Vasanthan’s research program focuses on value-added processing of grains and tubers with an emphasis on fractionation and utilization of carbohydrates in their native state and post processing. During the 14 years at the University of Alberta, he has developed an internationally recognized research program in value-added processing of grain carbohydrates. As a recognized expert in the area of grain processing, especially on starch and beta-glucan utilization, he has been invited to participate in national and international conferences and workshops to present his research.
Ken Gossen, Executive Director, Food and Bio-Processing Branch, Food Processing Development Centre
Through a combination of expertise, specialized facilities, applied research, product development and interim processing, the Food Processing Development Centre (FPDC) fosters growth and commercialization of food, beverage and ingredient manufacturing companies. Working with industry stakeholders and companies of all sizes, the FPDC helps build Alberta value-added processing capacity and supports industry as it pursues new and existing opportunities. In August the Canadian federal government announced more than $2.6 million in federal funding for the Food Processing Development Centre in Leduc, Alberta. Combined with provincial and private investment, the centre will be receiving $4 million in extra funding. This investment will support the installation of equipment specifically focused on supporting companies to develop new plant-based foods and products. In August the Canadian federal government announced more than $2.6 million in federal funding for the Food Processing Development Centre in Leduc, Alberta. Combined with provincial and private investment, the centre will be receiving $4 million in extra funding. This investment will support the installation of equipment specifically focused on supporting companies to develop new plant-based foods and products.
Brad Shapka, Owner Sunny Boy Foods, Co-Founder GrainFrac
Brad Shapka is the co-founder and President of GrainFrac Inc., a Canadian specialty ingredient manufacturing company aimed at improving human health with scientifically proven functional
ingredients. Brad has devoted his career to the food industry and has founded and built up numerous food and specialty ingredient manufacturing businesses from startup to major
market positions. Brad is deeply committed to being a global leader in sustainable proteins.