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Manitoba Harvest partners with industry leaders through Protein Industries Canada


Manitoba Harvest is partnering with industry leaders through Protein Industries Canada to develop new hemp and pea varieties with increased protein content, differential starch content, and improved texture. These advancements will dramatically increase the potential for hemp usage in the growing plant-based protein movement.

“Diversity of ingredients within Canada’s plant-based foods and ingredients sector is an essential element of helping it grow to become a global leader,” Protein Industries Canada CEO Bill Greuel said. “Manitoba Harvest, through their partnership with NRGene, Farmer’s Business Network and Pulse Genetics, is displaying great leadership in the area of hemp ingredient development. The hemp-pea flour blend they develop through this project will go a long way in meeting the needs of consumers and food manufacturers alike.”

The development of these new seed varieties, as well as the hemp-pea flour blend, is expected to create new market opportunities within Canada’s plant-based food and ingredients value chain. NRGene, Farmer’s Business Network, Pulse Genetics and Manitoba Harvest are together investing $3.3 million into the project, with Protein Industries Canada investing an additional $1.8 million. 

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