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Protein Industries Canada announces $6.2M project to expand Canadian lupin ecosystem

Protein Industries has announced a project with Lupin Platform, PURIS Holdings and YOSO Canada to expand the Canadian lupin ecosystem by increasing opportunities for farmers and ingredient processors.

The project will support the use of lupin in Canada by helping farmers with better farming methods, giving ingredient processors more alternative feedstocks, and providing new plant-based protein sources to consumers and manufacturers. Moreover, the project will see $6.2 million co-invested into the expansion of the lupin value chain; Protein Industries Canada will invest $2.6 million, with the partners investing the remainder. 

“This Protein Industries Cluster project, led by Lupin Platform and its partners, will drive new opportunities for Canadians and bring more plant-based food options to market,” says François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry. “This project  will not only boost Canada’s economic advantage and foster strong supply chains but also has potential for meaningfully impacting Canada’s food landscape for generations to come.”

Lupin Platform and PURIS will build on their previous work from a Protein Industries Canada-supported project by bringing in their new partner, YOSO. The companies aim to elevate the profile, utilization, and distribution of Canadian-grown lupin and related products. They will collaborate to develop, scale up, and improve new and existing consumer packaged goods and ingredients, including plant-based egg and dairy products, flour and flour-based bakery mixes, and a B2B ready-to-mix powder.

“De-risking innovation is crucial to fostering a more dynamic marketplace for growers, processors and manufacturers alike. Investments into this type of platform technology will help Canada reach our goal of a $25 billion ingredient processing and food manufacturing sector,” says Bill Greuel, CEO of Protein Industries Canada.

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