International Protein Shift ecosystem-collaboration
Meelunie has announced it will be opening a fava protein isolate manufacturing facility in Hedensted, Denmark in October 2022. The facility will employ a breakthrough process methodology by the University of Copenhagen (UCPH) following 17 years’ research.
Jeroen Willemsen: “On the way to closing the protein gap: Foodvalley NL-member Meelunie unfolding its plans for building a faba-fractionation site. Great international Protein Shift ecosystem-collaboration!”
Meelunie believes fava will play a pivotal role in the protein transition. Helping meet the growing demand for plant-based proteins in ways that also address deforestation, inefficiencies in global agriculture and other climate-related challenges.
This is a breakthrough
“The UCPH breakthrough is two-fold,” explains Gijs van Elst, the project’s leader at Meelunie. “First, they’ve managed to remove the fava bean’s bitter taste, making it perfect for use in human food applications ranging from dairy and meat alternatives to sports nutrition and gluten-free products. And UCPH’s process is also more efficient, so we’re able to valorise the entire bean.”
A significant step forward
Meelunie CEO Marco Heering sees this processing facility as a significant step forward. “The limited availability and suitability of local alternatives to soya has been a handbrake on the protein transition for some years. Because the fava bean thrives in non-tropical climates, such as Europe and North America, this facility can be a genuine gamechanger.”
100% Dutch fava bean meat analogue in supermarkets within 3 years
Meelunie is also part of the Fava bean value chain pilot case from the EU project CO-FRESH. In this pilot case Foodvalley NL, supported by Wageningen University & Research, has brought together nine key actors in the Dutch fava bean value chain: Agriservice Lindenhols, Louis Bolk Instituut, KeyGene, Meelunie, Multiflour, MFH-Pulses, Ojah, Codrico and BOON-Foodconcepts. Starting from May 2021, these organisations will work together for the next three years to commercialize the value chain and increase consumer awareness and value. The goal? A 100% Dutch fava bean meat analogue on the shelves in the supermarket, truly appreciating the ingredient’s origin and its growers.