New Dutch consortium for developing protein-rich foods

NIZO food research, Royal FrieslandCampina, Ruitenberg Ingredients and SONAC are joining forces in a consortium called TAPAS to develop protein-rich foods.

These companies, based in the Dutch provinces Gelderland and Overijssel, are responding to the increased worldwide demand for protein-rich foods.

Global human population is growing and the world demand for protein-rich food is increasing. Protein is crucial in a balanced, healthy diet. In addition, different types of consumers, such as the elderly, hospital patients and athletes, need food that is especially rich in protein.

These needs can be addressed by combining plant- and animal-based proteins and by using the available protein more effectively and efficiently. The TAPAS consortium will develop innovative solutions to this end.

Combining knowledge

The four companies will bring knowledge and expertise from different angles.

  • NIZO food research has in-depth knowledge of proteins and the interactions between products and processes.
  • Dairy expertise will come from Royal FrieslandCampina, which has several production sites in Gelderland and Overijssel and an innovation center in Wageningen.
  • Ruitenberg will bring its knowledge in the field of plant-based proteins for the vegetarian industry, and
  • SONAC will contribute with its expertise in functional proteins – developed on animal by-products – for the meat industry.

The partners expect their collaboration to speed up the development of food products and reduce time to market.

Joint innovation

The TAPAS consortium is financially supported by “Operationeel Programma Oost-Nederland” (Operational Program Eastern Netherlands), a joint program of the provinces of Overijssel and Gelderland, the city networks Zwolle, Kampen, Apeldoorn, Deventer, Zutphen, and Arnhem-Nijmegen, and the regional networks in Twente and The Valley. The program covers activities that are co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund.