Angel Yeast introduces yeast protein AngeoPro F80 as a sustainable source of natural protein for plant-based foods

Angel Yeast Co., Ltd, a high-tech yeast company in China, has launched AngeoPro F80, a vegan-friendly, allergen-free, natural-origin yeast protein. An ideal solution to complement plant-based protein sources to meet the growing demand for protein across the globe, AngeoPro F80 is rich in nutrition and protein content with properties that can neutralise off-flavours and boost the overall taste profile.

“As a unique microbial protein, yeast protein can not only provide similar nutritional value to animal protein, but also address the concerns involving plant-based protein such as genetic modification and shortage of land resources. We believe yeast protein is one of the best alternative protein sources in the market now,” said Eric Ao, general manager of Angel Yeast Europe Division.

Protein is an important component of human tissues and organs, which plays a crucial role in various systems to maintain the growth and metabolism of tissues. Sufficient intake of high-quality protein is particularly essential for the maintenance of physical health.

Data from the Plant-Based Foods Association (PBFA) and The Good Food Institute (GFI) showed that 18% of households in the US opt for plant-based meat, and that the growth rate of plant-based meat consumption is two times more than its animal protein counterpart, making up 2% of sales of retail meat products in the country. However, people who choose plant-based meat as a primary protein source tend to suffer from a low protein digestion rate, underscoring the need to find a more sustainable solution to substitute or complement plant-derived protein products.

A natural ingredient that has been consumed for thousands of years in food and beverages such as bread, wine, and beer, yeast has emerged as an excellent alternative. Yeast protein is derived from Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Its production process adds food-grade enzymes and processing aids to partially remove the non-protein parts of yeast protein products, thus bringing protein concentrate to over 75%. Yeast protein is also deemed an ideal protein source for food formulations due to its balanced amino acids composition and micronutrients as well as high digestibility, which makes it a high-quality protein source with high bioavailability and places it in the same rank as soybean – one of the most recognized plant-based sources of protein – in terms of nutritional level.

Yeast protein is made through an eco-friendly fermentation process that minimises environmental impact, requires limited land use for cultivation and is less affected by harvest and seasonality. The carbon emission generated during the production of yeast protein is also 20 times less than that of beef. In addition, yeast protein does not contain any genetically modified organisms, suitable for vegans, vegetarians, and flexitarians.

Besides inheriting all the benefits of yeast protein, AngeoPro F80’s high protein content is on a par with plant-based protein, and some of the essential amino acids in AngeoPro F80 nearly doubles the number of WHO/FAC recommendations, including lysine (9.43g/100g), isoleucine (5.94g/100g) and leucine (9.78g/100g).

AngeoPro F80 can be widely used in various products including protein bars, beverages, and baked sweets, as well as a wide range of plant-based food including vegan fish, vegan burgers, vegan cheese analogue, vegan chicken cutlets, etc. Coupled with Angel’s off-note masking technology and the full range of yeast extract products, we also provide low-salt, taste-boosting solutions to enhance the flavours and mouthfeel of plant-based foods to mimic the tastes and flavours of chicken, beef, and cheese.