Brannatura plant-based high protein

High protein plant drink

Alternative protein (not animal based) became a hot topic in 2020 and many producers have developed food products containing alternative protein, mostly extracted from plants. Keeping these plant protein extracts in an aqaeous solution with a protein level similar to cow milk (roughly 3.5%) or higher is a challange and, hence, many use stabilizers to prevent the product from turning 'sandy'. In addition, many plant proteins have unpleasant taste attributes that easily dominate a product.

After having worked with alternative proteins for some years, Brannatura developed a toolbox of several clean-label solutions that alone or in combination allow plant based drinks high in protein without sandiness and dominant off-tastes.

Brannatura organic vitamins

Plant drinks with vitamins and minerals, organic approved in the EU

The purpose of most drinks in the milk alternative sector is that they replace occassions at which consumers normally would drink milk or a milk-based beverage. This poses some challenges for in particular those consumers, who deselect dairy or even animal based products completely. As milk is a good source of calcium and vitamins B2, B12 and D and these are difficult to acquire in adequate amounts in a plant-based diet, some milk alternative producers choose to add them. However, many consumers expect such products being offered in organic quality and addition of vitamins and minerals is not allowed in the EU for organic products (local deviations may occur - for example all organic dairy and dairy alternative products are supplemented with vitamin D in some countries).

At Brannatura, we cracked this nut and developed a formulation that can be added as ingredient to an organic plant drink and that gives levels of calcium and vitamins B2, B12 and D in the same range as cow milk without altering sensory characteristics of the product.

Brannatura sugar reduction juice

Sugar reduction in fruit juice

Fruit juice is tasty and typically full of vitamins. The often high content of easily accessible sugars, however, makes health and nutrition authorities advice against consuming too much juice. In Europe, most national authorities suggest that one serving of fruit a day may be replaced by a glass of juice (100-200 ml).

To overcome the negative effects of sugar overconsumption by drinking juice, Brannatura designed two technologies that can aid in sugar reduction. One technology is relatively simple to implement in an existing juice treatment process and it will lower the sugar content while keeping most of the vitamins in the juice. It must be noted that with the reduction of sugar, there is also a reduction in sweetness, so dependent on the product's other characteristics such as acidity, additional measures may be necessary to bring the sensory perception in balance. The other technology may require a few additional steps in the juice treatment process, but it will lower the sugar content while keeping all vitamins and most of the sweetness intact, so no additional measures are necessary. By combining both technologies, the process will be faster and more efficient either technology separately.

Brannatura by-product valorization whey

Valorization of by-products

With an increasing world population and pressure on food supply, by-products that were previously considered worthless are now looked at with new eyes. Not only is there a green and sustainable profile attached to valorization of by-products, it often makes a good business case as well. Dependent on the nature of the by-product, there is a number of options to deal with it (in descending order with respect to valorization and sustainability):

Re-formulate to food >> Re-fomulate to feed >> Process to non-food application >> Process to biogas/energy >> Process to compost >> Burn as waste >> Landfill as waste

Brannatura's expertise lies with the first - re-formulate to food - and the third - process to non-food application - where we would consider processing the by-product to a food product, processing it to or using it as food ingredient and converting the by-product into an 'ingredient' for another industry. We have run this exercise for example for different types of whey (by-products from dairy cheese production) and for the fibrous substance that often comes as by-product from the production of milk alternatives. In fact, we redesigned the milk alternative production process in such a way that there is no by-product and that the drinks are more nutritious than existing ones.

Brannatura instant yoghurt

Instant yoghurt - dairy based and plant based

Nutrient dense food such as (dairy and plant based) yoghurt often has limited shelf-life, in particular when not treated with high temperature and aseptically packed. Moreover, shelf-life may be too short and transportation costs too high for selling in far countries and places without effective cold chain.

These issues we tackled in Brannatura by going instant, namely by developing yoghurts in powder form that are either "ready to ferment" or "ready to consume" after mixing with water. And yes, this can still be a clean-label solution and they can still contain what makes normal yoghurt so healthy: proteins, vitamins, minerals, and (probiotic) bacteria.

  Contact Information
Phone: +45 20 63 33 60
Email: info(at)brannatura(dot)com
Post address: Nygaardsvej 100, DK-8660 Skanderborg
Office: Lysholt Allé 3, DK-7100 Vejle
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