Marina Del Rey, CA—Axiom Foods is debuting the first neutral-flavored pea and hemp proteins for food use, according to a press release made today.
Axiom is now rolling the ingredients out in mass commercial qualities, although SupplySide West attendees got a taste of them.
The press release calls the proteins “virtually flavorless.” They were invented with help from the company’s food scientist and flavor specialist, Rick Ray.
The pea protein, Vegotein N, features an 80% concentration and is produced naturally in the U.S. from North American-grown yellow, non-GMO peas. It is rich in iron and high in Lysine and Arginine. It can be blended with rice protein to make a complete protein, has a high viscosity and “excellent” gelation, according to the press release, is emulsion stable, and has a smooth mouthfeel. It is allergen-friendly, cholesterol-free, and gluten- and soy-free.
Cannatein Hemp Protein comes from hemp hearts. The shelf life has been extended to 24 months, from the usual 6 to 12 months. It is non-GMO, suspendable, dispersible, and digestible, besides being rich in omegas, vitamins, and minerals. It is certified Kosher and Halal.
“As we focus on bringing game-changing innovations that make plant proteins competitive with whey protein,” said Ray, “we tackled the toughest flavor issues for the most commercially viable crops first. Hemp, though trendiest amongst consumers, has presented massive flavor, color, and shelf-life problems for formulators. Oddly enough, peas, though a more established and understood plant by end-consumers, is still undergoing an education process, but formulators have loved its qualities for about 7-8 years now. Both neutral-flavored ingredients will revolutionize this industry and allow the biggest food players to have enough plant protein to satisfy their consumer demands for end-product.”