As more consumers aspire to incorporate plant-based foods into their diets, US-based Cargill is responding by adding pea protein to its portfolio of ingredients available in Europe. The move will help European food and beverage manufacturers meet the increasing demand for nutritious, plant-based products. Moreover, Cargill pea proteins are designed to meet the functional and sensory challenges in alternative emerging applications.
Cargill, which already offers an array of pea protein products in North America, Asia and South America, is leveraging that expertise as it expands its European line-up of plant-based proteins like Gluvital vital wheat gluten and Prowliz hydrolyzed wheat protein.
Food manufacturers will appreciate Cargill’s pea protein’s functional attributes. Cargill offers one of the most soluble plant proteins available, a key consideration for dairy alternative and beverage applications, where less soluble options may leave behind a gritty mouthfeel and texture. Finally, in flavor-forward applications, the Cargill pea protein range includes prime ingredients with exceptionally clean, neutral taste profiles.
Nutritionally, pea protein has a lot to offer, too. It is highly regarded for its superior amino acid profile and high digestibility, and Cargill’s offerings will provide a minimum of 80% protein. It can be combined with other plant-based proteins like wheat or rice (potentially allowing for an allergen-free labelling), to deliver a complete protein profile. Growing peas requires less water and fertilizer than some other plant-based proteins. Given their capacity to fix nitrogen, pea crops can sustainably improve soil health.
Cargill’s pea protein offerings, which include PURIS and RadiPure, complement the company’s existing line-up of plant-based proteins. These ingredients, combined with the company’s extensive portfolio of plant-based texturizers, fats and oils, and sweeteners, offer brands the tools and technical expertise to create a new generation of trendy, tasty and nutritious plant-based foods.