NUTRIS opens “Europe’s first bean protein factory” in Croatia – vegconomist

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The NUTRIS group has opened what it claims to be the first factory in Europe for the production of bean protein isolate. Located in Novi Senkovac, Croatia, the plant will also be able to produce potato-based ingredients.

In collaboration with the Danish SiccaDania, NUTRIS has invested 30 million euros in the new site. The technology used in the facility was developed by the University of Copenhagen over a ten-year period and has been further improved by the two companies.

Eventually, NUTRIS expects the site to become part of a state-of-the-art agro-industrial hub called NUTRIS.park™, ​​which is expected to be operational by 2030.

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The broad bean continues to grow in popularity

Fava bean protein is gaining popularity as an ingredient in alternative protein products. The protein is functionally similar to soy, but is not a major allergen and has a more positive perception among consumers. The fava protein market is expected to reach $3.47 billion by 2025, growing with a CAGR of 2.19%.

One plant-based company that uses fava beans is Upton’s Naturals, which launched protein taco crumbles in February. Another notable recent launch is Big Mountain Foods’ soy-free fava-based tofu. Finland’s Verso Foods also uses beans in its meat alternatives, while ice cream brand Halo Top has even incorporated fava protein into its dairy-free range.

“I am proud that the NUTRIS Group has been the first to implement the revolutionary process and green technology for the production of premium ingredients from beans, which will become a central source of energy in the diet of the future, and the first one to build the only European hybrid factory,” said Zvonimir Sedlić, Founder and Chairman of the Board of NUTRIS Group. “The plant will use the latest technology to manufacture high quality plant-based ingredients, with an emphasis on protein.”

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