Canadian collaboration to develop high-quality meat alternatives


The Cattle Site

21 November 2021


The partnership aims to create beef and pork alternatives that rival Wagyu beef


Protein Industries Canada recently announced that they will be co-investing in a project that aims to diversify Canada's meat-alternative offerings.


The partnership brings together Wamame Foods, Merit Functional Foods, Wismettac Asian Foods and Winecrush Technology in a collaborative effort to develop and distribute plant-based, non-soy alternatives to pork and Wagyu beef.


Using innovative plant protein ingredients and processing technologies, the aim is to match the high quality of Wagyu beef in both texture and taste.


The partners hope to diversify plant-based food products available across Canada.


The partners aim to diversify the plant-based foods available across Canada, while meeting consumer expectations in terms of the taste, health benefits and sustainability of those products.


“Canadian farmers grow some of the world’s highest quality crops," said the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry. "Thanks to the work of the Protein Industries Supercluster, we are developing new uses for them by leveraging existing expertise and connecting global partners to create premium, healthy and sustainable food products."


"This great initiative will further Canada’s reputation as a world leader in plant-based food innovations,” he added.


Merit Functional Foods and Winecrush Technology will develop the ingredients for the new products using Canadian-grown crops, including non-GMO peas and canola. The ingredients will be closely evaluated for their use in beef and pork alternatives.


The new products will be sold under...