Equinom and AGT partner to commercialize ultra-high yellow pea protein

Based in Israel, Equinom entered the US market in 2020 with its seed breeding technology that produces non-GMO seed stocks with a strong nutritional profile and organoleptic properties that require less processing than comparable plant-based ingredients.

Under the partnership agreement, AGT will market and sell the co-branded ingredients to food companies in its existing network as well as new customers across the industry.

“Combining our superior grains with AGT expertise, we are eager to see how high the protein content of our co-branded commercial ingredients will be, so we can provide food companies with exciting new options to make plant-based products more delicious, nutritious, sustainable, and affordable,”​ Galit Feinreich, chief marketing officer of Equinom, told FoodNavigator-USA. 

Equinom added that it is currently pursuing FDA GRAS status for its pea protein ingredients in the US.

Sensory and nutritional advantages of ultra-high yellow pea protein

“Pea has a lot to offer from multiple standpoints, making it a favored plant protein source for consumers. It’s non-allergenic and naturally high in potassium, iron, and fiber,”​ Feinreich said.

Equinom’s ultra-high yellow pea protein, for instance, delivers up to 72% protein content with a comparable PDCAAS (Protein digestibility-corrected amino acid score) to conventional pea protein, which is around 0.8. However, the company noted that its pea protein can reach a PDCAAS score of 1 when combined with complementary ingredients such as sesame, oats, and rice protein.

“Equinom Pea Protein offers some additional benefits. For example, it delivers relatively high protein (65-72%) with only a fraction of the sodium of typical pea protein isolates, making it a great choice for non-savory or low sodium applications,”​ noted Feinreich.

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