Plant & Co. to work on hemp protein concentrate
2020-12-17 08:18 ET - News Release
Mr. Shawn Moniz reports
PLANT & CO. BRANDS COLLABORATES WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF MANITOBA TO DEVELOP AN ALL-NATURAL HEMP-BASED FOOD LINE
Plant & Co. Ltd. has signed an agreement with the University of Manitoba to develop a proprietary hemp protein concentrate that will form the basis of an all-natural hemp-based line of gluten-free food products, rich in protein and offering a healthy alternative to the current egg- and milk-based products currently saturating the market.
"We are focused on establishing a premium brand of quality of plant-based food products through M&A opportunities such as Holy Crap Brands, and at the same time organically, through home grown initiatives like developing hemp-based food products with the University of Manitoba," said Shawn Moniz, CEO of Plant & Co. Brands. "The Richardson Centre of Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals is well known for its development of unique and proprietary healthy food products. I expect the resulting product to be a key ingredient - our 'secret sauce' if you will - in a line of healthy, gluten-free, plant-based food products."
The research and development program will be conducted by a team of food scientists from the Richardson Centre of Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals at the University of Manitoba and consist of two phases. The first phase will include systematic investigation to establish a proprietary method of milling and processing to produce a defatted hemp flour with increased protein levels. The second phase will take the results of the first phase and produce a defined amount of concentrate for testing in food products. The two-phase program is expected to be completed by the end of the first quarter 2021.
Richardson Centre of Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals has a state-of-the-art, 55,000 square foot research and development facility, located at 196 Innovation Drive in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and is part of the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, University of Manitoba. The Centre provides a variety of services to the agricultural, ingredient processing, functional food and nutraceutical industries, including pilot plant services, primary and secondary processing, formulation, packaging services, analytical testing and human testing.
Traditionally known for its use in textiles due its long and strong fibers, hemp seeds have become the source of a robust health food and alternative medicinal marketplace. Like flax and chia seeds, hemp seeds are recognized as a superfood because they are high in protein, contain 20 amino acids, and are high in the fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6. Hemp seeds are typically pressed to produce oil with the remaining by-product processed into a flour or concentrate from which gluten-free plant-based products like pasta, baked goods and other healthy foods can be created.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is the naturally occurring compound found in the seeds, stalk, and flowers of hemp plants. Scientific and clinical research is ongoing but early indications show that CBD is a potential treatment for patients looking for relief from inflammation, pain, anxiety, psychosis, seizures, spasms, and other conditions. Potential health benefits from hemp food products include weight suppressant (high in fiber), immune-system booster, and an ability to lower blood pressure and cholesterol.
Plant & Co. is establishing a premium brand of quality of plant-based food products, with an emphasis on health and wellness, in one of the fastest growing market segments in the food industry. The research and development program at the University of Manitoba is focused on unlocking the true value of hemp by creating a proprietary flour or concentrate to be used in a new generation of plant-based, nutrient rich gluten-free food, beverage and healthcare related products.
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