New Dutch collaborative research program for the development of high-protein nutrition

20 June 2016

NIZO food research, Royal FrieslandCampina, Ruitenberg Ingredients and SONAC will start a collaborative research program under the name TAPAS for the development of high-protein nutrition. With this they respond to the increasing global demand for products rich in proteins.

The world population is growing and the demand for high-protein nutrition is globally increasing. Proteins are crucial in a healthy and well-balanced diet. Apart from this, groups such as the elderly, patients in hospitals and athletes have a need for products rich in proteins. This need can be fulfilled with a proper combination of vegetable and animal proteins and by making more efficient use of the proteins available. The TAPAS consortium is going to provide an innovative solution for this.

The four companies put in knowledge and expertise from different angles: NIZO food research has in-depth knowledge of proteins and product/process interactions, Royal FrieslandCampina puts in its specific knowledge of dairy, Ruitenberg is specialised in vegetable proteins for the vegetarian industry and SONAC develops functional proteins for the meat industry based on animal by-products. The collaborative research program will ensure a more efficient development of foodstuffs that will find their ways to the market more quickly.

Combined innovative strength of provinces Gelderland and Overijssel

The collaborative research program is supported from the Operationeel Programma Oost-Nederland, a collective programme of the provinces of Overijssel and Gelderland, the city networks Zwolle, Kampen Netwerkstad, Stedendriehoek, Netwerkstad Twente, Regio De Vallei and Stadsregio Arnhem Nijmegen. The programme includes activities that are co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund.