Roquette unveils latest extension to NUTRALYS pea protein range

NUTRALYS H85 can be added to nutritional bars for increased protein content and a soft bite

Roquette has launched four multi-functional pea proteins that improve taste, texture and creativity in plant-based food and high-protein nutritional products.

The four pea protein ingredients – NUTRALYS PeaF853M (isolate), NUTRALYS H85 (hydrolysate), NUTRALYS T Pea 700FL (textured) and NUTRALYS T Pea 700M (textured) – address challenges encountered when developing foods and beverages with plant proteins. These additions present new format and formulation options, offering refined textures and high protein content for end products such as nutritional bars, protein drinks, plant-based meat and dairy alternatives.

Romain Joly, global head of proteins business line at Roquette, said: “We’ve made it our mission to make life easier for food manufacturers when it comes to product development, operational output and consumer satisfaction. Through significant investment and development, we’ve found the winning formula for optimal taste, texture, and techno-functionality – opening up a world of opportunity for application innovation in the plant protein market.”

Optimising texture with high gelling pea protein

When it comes to plant-based food consumption, 32% of consumers say they do not want to compromise on texture. However, creating gel-like structures under heat with pea proteins can be a challenge, negatively impacting the texture of finished products. NUTRALYS Pea F853M, a pea protein isolate can thus increase firmness and thickness with its high gel strength. The high moisture extrusion process supports more offerings in meat alternatives and new applications in plant-based spreads and desserts.

Finding the balance between high protein and superior taste

For manufacturers developing plant-based products packed with protein, the food-grade hydrolysed pea protein, NUTRALYS H85 can create a soft bite when increasing protein content. With NUTRALYS H85, snack bar manufacturers can obtain a consistent and cohesive dough, and achieve a smooth texture that remains throughout the product’s shelf life. This new ingredient, which is available worldwide, is ideal for beverages too, allowing drink producers to increase protein content while maintaining a low viscosity.

Unlocking the potential of easy-to-use textured proteins

NUTRALYS T Pea 700M and NUTRALYS T Pea 700FL allow manufacturers to explore new formats and textures for plant-based savoury applications. NUTRALYS T Pea 700M enables a firmer bite and pleasant chewiness in meat-free products and is suited to ground applications, such as lasagna or chilli sin carne. As it comes in minced form, the need for shredding during the manufacturing process is eliminated. Alternatively, NUTRALYS T Pea 700FL delivers a fibrous texture and juiciness to chicken and fish alternatives. Supplied in small chunks, this ingredient is ideal for use in meal kits and just-add-water applications. As well as mimicking meat palatability, both ingredients make the manufacturing process more efficient – saving time, energy, and labour costs.

NUTRALYS T Pea 700M and NUTRALYS T Pea 700FL are commercially available in Europe and will be launched in additional countries over the coming months.

Stepping up to the plate for plant-based protein

Benjamin Voiry, global head of marketing plant proteins at Roquette, said: “The plant-based protein market continues to grow globally every year. We believe pea protein is perfectly placed to satisfy the growing appetite for delicious, sustainable and healthier plant-based foods and we are committed to helping our customers harness the full potential of peas with ease.

“In 2021, we opened the world’s largest pea protein plant in Canada, and now we continue to invest in every step of the value chain to ensure a reliable and sustainable supply of premium pea protein that is gluten-free, non-GMO and not a major allergen – as well as being Kosher- and Halal-certified for added consumer appeal. The launch of these latest additions to our NUTRALYS line further underlines our commitment to driving progress in the space, leveraging unrivalled resources, extensive expertise, and co-creation capabilities to help our customers bring formulations to life and cultivate a prosperous future for all.”