Agritech innovator B-hive is gearing up to open the UK’s first potato protein extraction facility this year in partnership with Branston.
The new facility in Lincolnshire will allow low-value potatoes to be turned into a protein powder that can be used in vegan, vegetarian and clean-label foods – such as meat substitutes – as well as starch-based products for other manufacturing applications.
The £6m protein plant at Branston’s HQ in Lincolnshire is nearing completion and has been part-funded by Innovate UK. The project, called RootExtracts, has been supported by a group of academic and industry partners.
B-hive’s general manager Dr Andrew Gill told FPJ about the aims of the RootExtracts initiative and some of B-hive’s other ventures in an impromptu interview at the FPC Future & Careers event in Peterborough on 16 March.
The company’s raison d’être, he says, is to boost yields, improve quality, and reduce waste in the potato industry and other crop sectors.