WINNIPEG, MAN. — Merit Functional Foods has achieved commercial production of its novel lineup of Puratein canola proteins.

Merit’s plant-based protein production complex is the first commercial-scale facility capable of producing food-grade protein from canola, according to the company. The canola proteins are non-GMO, contain 90% protein and may be used in a variety of applications, including nutrition bars and meat, seafood and egg alternatives. They offer a neutral flavor profile and strong solubility and stability over a range of pH levels.

Launched in 2019, Merit Functional Foods is a joint venture between Burcon NutraScience Corp., Vancouver, BC, and three food industry executives. Bunge Ltd., St. Louis, last year made a $30 million investment in Merit. The partnership gave Bunge a minority interest in the Canadian company and helped expedite the construction of Merit’s facility in Winnipeg.

“This milestone is a significant step toward fulfilling canola’s enormous global potential as an important, new, environmentally friendly source of high-quality, plant-based protein for food and beverage product development,” said Johann F. Tergesen, president and chief executive officer of Burcon NutraScience Corp. “As the world’s second-largest oilseed crop, canola protein is perfectly positioned to offer a sustainable way to feed and nourish the world’s growing population.”