• Australian Plant Proteins took home the Best Ingredient Award at the inaugural Hive Awards.
Source: Sharleen Christie Photography
    Australian Plant Proteins took home the Best Ingredient Award at the inaugural Hive Awards. Source: Sharleen Christie Photography
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Australia Plant Proteins was the first company in Australia to develop and commercialise a plant protein isolate powder. It is at the forefront of innovative plant-based protein solutions and plays a key role in building Australia’s position – and reputation – on the global stage in this burgeoning industry.

Sourced from Australian-grown pulses including faba bean, lentil, mung bean, and pea, APP’s plant protein isolate powder is a highly functional ingredient with more than 85 per cent protein content. Its application extends into plant-based dairy, bakery, nutrition, beverage, and alternative meat sectors.

Brendan Mckeegan and Phil Mcfarlane, founders of Australian Plant Protein.
Source: APP
Brendan Mckeegan and Phil Mcfarlane, founders of Australian Plant Protein. Source: APP

The company spent four years developing its revolutionary and patented manufacturing process that extracts protein from pulses without using enzymes or solvents. This ‘clean’ process produces a highly functional protein ingredient with a neutral taste and odour, and a smooth mouthfeel.

APP established a dedicated R&D facility in Melbourne to support its manufacturing plant in Horsham and trial new feed sources for protein, starch and fibre. The Horsham site was built and commissioned in 18 months and features custom fabricating extraction and separation modules as well as the commissioning of a unique spray dryer from the US.

Its innovative extraction techniques, access to high-quality raw materials, and superior performance of the proteins, has seen APP establish Australia’s first global export channel for plant proteins, positioning APP and Australian-grown pulses as key players in the global plant-based protein supply chain.

Commercial sales began in 2020 and is reporting 220 per cent year-on-year growth. To meet the increasing demand, APP plans to expand processing capacity (currently 1000MT) over the next 18 months.

APP is also constructing a starch and fibre processing facility at their Horsham site, with the goal of transforming a current by-product stream into human-grade native starch and dietary fibre products.

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