Merit Functional Foods introduces grit-free pea protein

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Even when used at higher double-digit protein inclusion percentages, the pea protein does not exhibit a chalky mouthfeel, says Merit Functional Foods.

Merit Functional Foods (Winnipeg, Manitoba) launched Peazazz C, a pea protein that enables a smooth, grit-free texture in ready-to-drink (RTD) beverages. Even when used at higher double-digit protein inclusion percentages, it does not exhibit a chalky mouthfeel.

“Consumers trying plant-based applications such as RTD beverages are often noticing a gritty texture, with sediment accumulated at the bottom of the bottle,” said co-CEO of Merit, Ryan Bracken,in a press release. “Peazazz C is the solution formulators have been looking for to solve this common issue. With its high solubility and low viscosity, it has the functionality that formulators need to deliver an optimal sensory experience.”

The new ingredient is Canadian-grown and produced with full traceability back to the farm. It can also support low-sodium claims in high-protein applications.

“We’re committed to providing the best ingredients to the formulators who are creating the next generation of plant-based innovation,” Bracken said. “We’re able to achieve just that because of how close we are to our supply chain and our patented protein extraction process. Together, this ensures we produce only the highest quality product—from the field to the applications lab to the facility in which it’s produced.”

For the second year in a row, Merit achieved an AA score for Food Safety with the British Retail Consortium Global Standard (BRSGS).