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New Plant-Based Protein Project Aims To Cut Costs

by | August 8, 2019

A group of ten producers have joined forces to create a state-of-the-art large-scale biorefinery to produce affordable plant-based protein.

According to Food Navigator, the project — dubbed Plentitude — will involve the production of bioethanol and food-grade protein from such low-cost plant sources as wheat and maize.

CEO of partnered company 3F Bio, Jim Laird, says the goal of the project is not just to create a plant-based protein, but to foster environmental and economic sustainability. With a global shift toward plant protein sources due to concerns over animal agriculture and global warming, Plenitude aims help meet the demand with a state-of-the-art production process.

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Scalability has long been an issue in plant-based protein production — one the companies involved in Plentitude hop to overcome.

According to Food Navigator, the project will be able to deliver 16000 tonnes per annum starting out. However, Laird predicts that once the initial concept is proven, that number will shift into the tens of millions.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations predicts that, by 2050, demand for plant based protein will rise to 100 to 200 million tonnes per year, a demand which initiatives like these could help meet.

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