Our Business Development Manager Food Beverage and Ingredients, Ben van der Deen, visited Alberta last February, meeting with potential business partners and laying out NIZO’s expertise in the plant-protein sector. As part of the Plant Protein Alliance of Alberta’s Global Business Network series of events, Ben van der Deen had a successful networking breakfast to an audience of industry players.

As we have to feed roughly 10 billion people in the near future, companies will need to make better use of their products and global supply chains will become very important. Besides, there’s an increasing demand for very high-value food applications. Developing these products may include researching how to produce better flavours and mouth feel, increase protein functionality, and create easier digestibility.

Owen Fieldberg, of Fieldberg Farms and Altiva Inc., near Medicine Hat, was at the breakfast session with Ben van der Deen and learned how NIZO might help propel forward his organic hemp business. “Opportunities to lean into institutions such as NIZO, with their depth of knowledge and historical experience, can only enhance our ability to create new products and lead the field,” Fieldberg said.

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