Roquette commits itself to the development of a new generation of vegetable proteins

Roquette commits itself to the development of a new generation of vegetable proteins

More than 9 billion people by 2050: the challenges of global
population growth are difficult to exaggerate. Plant-based raw
materials have a critical role to play. In response to this reality, the
Roquette group has decided to strengthen its position as a major
player in the development of plant-based proteins by creating a
dedicated research programme, called PROTEOV®.

Roquette, a biorefiner of international scale, has been
processing plant-based raw materials for over 75 years
during which it has played a significant role in the
development of their value and effectiveness of all of the
constituents. The PROTEOV® research programme was
launched in 2011 and is dedicated to the development
of high-value nutritional and functional protein solutions.
Coordinated by Roquette’s Research and Development
Centre in Lestrem, northern France, the programme provides
the company with a major new resource. This will rapidly
complement and reinforce Roquette’s current plant-derived
protein offer in the Nutrition and Health fields (human and
animal nutrition in general and sports, weight management/
slimming , clinical and infant nutrition in particular).
Anne Cortier, Director of the Nutrition and Health
Programmes, explains: “The PROTEOV® programme
aims to provide our customers with a range of plantderived
proteins that both meet expectations in terms
of nutritional and functional benefits but also provide the
more environmentally-friendly solutions obtainable with
alternatives to animal protein. The research programme
has the financial, technical and human resources to match
Roquette Group’s ambitions, i e multi-disciplinary teams,
laboratories, pilot production areas, application centres and
pre-industrial units. In addition, PROTEOV® fits into the
process of open innovation. The objective is to pool skills
and expertise in order to speed up the marketing of new
The initial work enabled the PROTEOV® teams to deepen
skills in protein characterization from analytical, sensory,
nutritional and functional standpoints. Concrete results are
about to emerge with the launch in the coming weeks of new
nutritional solutions.
“With an average annual growth of 5% in volume terms
over the last 3 years , the plant-based protein market has
to satisfy ever-increasing consumer demand. The ability to
meet this demand depends on new plant-derived sources
delivering reliable, sustainable and affordable alternatives to
animal proteins or soybeans. Consumers want products that
are healthy and sustainable and that at the same time offer
an attractive taste and texture. The PROTEOV® programme
will strengthen the pea-based biorefinery industry, in which
Roquette is a global leader.”, points out Bruno Gehin, Head
of the PROTEOV® Programme.
Featuring a production capacity potential of over 600,000
tons of protein, the Group has developed over 50 years,
a real expertise in the field of plant-based proteins. A
processes and applications pioneer, the Group owns many
patents. Its exceptional range of products and protein
solutions make it one of the major players in the plantderived
proteins market. End.
About Roquette Frères:
Roquette, a French family group with an international
dimension, processes renewable plant-based raw materials:
maize, wheat, potatoes, peas and micro-algae. One of the 5
world leaders in the starch manufacturing industry, it offers
its customers a wide range of products and solutions in the
fields of human nutrition, pharmacy-cosmetology, paper/
board, chemistry-bioindustry and animal nutrition. Present in
over 100 countries, Roquette has a turnover of over 3 billion
euros. The Group today employs 7,800 staff. Its development
focused on plant-based chemistry and nutrition health is
based on a strategy giving preference to the long-term,
innovation and the commitment to achieve. Its mission: «
Serving men and women by offering the best of nature »