20 April 2021
Global demand for food is growing, and sustainability and climate are key words. How can we raise the bar on the plant-based ecosystem? And how can we work together globally to turn mash, oats and pulses into new, healthy and tasty ingredients that lead to innovative protein solutions?
The first steps have been taken for a new collaboration between Denmark and Canada on plant-based proteins: on 15 April, a kick-off webinar was held focusing on research, product development, raw materials and new ingredients.
The collaboration has established based on a desire from Food & Bio Cluster Denmark to contribute to the global climate alliance with a focus on research and development of new plant-based protein alternatives.
In this context, Canada in particular is a very interesting market due to the country's production of unique, high-protein crops, specifically oats, canola and pulses, and the possibility of being able to quickly adapt and scale new high-protein crops.
As a long-standing Danish partner in the global business support network Enterprise Europe Network, Food & Bio Cluster Denmark has thus managed to get in touch with the Canadian supercluster Protein Industries Canada, which is an industry-led, not-for-profit organisation created to position Canada as a global source of high-quality plant protein and plant-based co-products. The collaboration is now being built around Protein Industries Canada and Food & Bio Cluster Denmark.
The next step in the collaboration with Protein Industries Canada will be the planning of a joint webinar series, master classes, TED Talks, preparation of Cluster Missions for the exchange of knowledge and discussion of further collaboration as well as participation in (provisionally postponed) EU-Canada business promotion.
Via the Enterprise Europe Network, the nascent collaboration has created interest in the European Cluster Alliance, which holds weekly webinars for European clusters. At their webinar on May 4, the two clusters are part of the program. For updates on the webinar program, click here
New collaboration between Denmark and Canada brings plant-based proteins in focus