This partnership builds on two earlier PIC projects in which each company worked with other consortiums to build out capacity around the creation and application of new ingredients and food products. The success of those innovations led to this partnership.
“At Protein Industries Canada we bring together trailblazing companies to create new opportunities for innovation,” said Bill Greuel, CEO of Protein Industries Canada. “Through the work of companies like Prairie Fava and Big Mountain Foods, we are building capacity and creating a globally competitive ecosystem that will support Canada’s economic growth and prosperity.”
Currently, most plant-based foods are made using soy, wheat and yellow or green peas, however as the market grows, there is an ever-growing demand by consumers for more and different products plant-based food products. This project will incorporate low vicine and co-vicine (LVLCV) fava varieties into Big Mountain Foods’ line of CPG and food service products.
“Prairie Fava is excited to partner with Big Mountain Foods to supply our high protein fava flour and splits and to support new product development through nutritional, functional and sensory data,” said Hailey Jefferies, president and co-founder of Prairie Fava.
Big Mountain Foods will produce fava-based products at the first ever allergen and soy free tofu factory in the world.
“Big Mountain Foods is honoured to be in partnership with Prairie Fava and Protein Industries Canada,” said Jasmine Byrne, president of Big Mountain Foods. “We believe Fava to be the next big thing in plant protein and are working toward bringing more consumer awareness to the benefits of fava including taste, nutrition, and sustainability. At Big Mountain Foods, our goal is to be the leader in alternative tofu products with the capacity to produce 15 million units a year.”