Roquette launches a new line of organic pea ingredients to address consumer demand 

Roquette has announced the launch of a new line of organic pea ingredients: organic pea starch and organic pea protein. These ingredients are produced at its plant in Portage la Prairie (MB, Canada) and supported by peas sourced in a network of organic pea growers from Canada. With these new solutions, Roquette enables its customers to choose the food they want to offer to consumers with quality, reliability and full traceability back to the farm.

Roquette has partnered with farmers to deliver quality organic ingredients, bringing sustainable and trusted proteins and starches to customers through a recognised supply chain.

Addressing the organic food and beverage markets

A food revolution is changing how people eat: 30% of global consumers report having increased their consumption of organic products over the past 12 months, especially millennials. Organic products are part of this revolution, driven by consumer demand for more natural and nutritious products, according to Innova Health and Nutrition Surveys 2020 and 2021.

The growth is particularly noticeable in regions such as North America and Western Europe, accounting for more than 80% of the total organic food and beverage markets, as reported by Euromonitor’s Passport 2022. 

Roquette, a global partner for organic products

Roquette’s close partnership with pea growers, combined with an organic ingredient production plant, has established a position to be a choice partner for all of the actors of the whole value chain. To offer these organic pea-based solutions, Roquette relies on its farmers’ network who are growing organic peas, on the security of the supply and the certification of its production facility. 

According to Jeremy Burks, senior vice-president of plant proteins at Roquette: “From America to Europe, from the field to the plate, we want to provide trusted origin organic ingredients, and farmers are an essential piece of this organic strategy. We know from which farm our organic pea comes from as we are involved all throughout the value chain. This new organic pea line is a milestone of the food revolution to which Roquette is so committed.”

Create sustainable, nutritious and reliable products

“Our expertise in plant-based ingredients, developed over almost 90 years, gives us considerable advantages to be at the forefront of this shift and provide our customers with innovative solutions for tastier, healthier and more sustainable foods. We run our organic line with high levels of traceability and responsibility to keep on indulging consumer appetites while supporting their changing habits,” said Pascal Leroy, senior vice-president of core ingredients at Roquette.

Compared to similar plant-based solutions on the market, Roquette oversees all production phases, from the field to the ingredient. By extracting the value of all the components of the pea, from starch to protein, Roquette honours its group commitment to providing the world with sustainable and premium solutions while inspiring good practices and thriving with its customers.

Roquette is first launching the range of pea starch and pea protein ingredients in North America, Mexico and Europe, with a rollout planned for other markets. Its new organic line is adapted for specialised nutrition, non-dairy or meat alternative markets.

The new line of organic pea protein isolate comes in addition to the already available NUTRALYS organic textured proteins in EU and US markets.

“Our teams created these great products based on consumer needs by leveraging our longstanding expertise in plant proteins and peas. This launch, just five months after NUTRALYS organic textured protein, reflects Roquette’s ambition to speed up innovation to keep pace with new consumer trends and to continue to be the partner of choice for customers who share our passion for plant-based cuisine,” said Jeremy Burks.