Avebe: utilise the whole of the potato
Avebe is an ambitious company that wants to utilise the whole of the potato. The first time that Bodec and Avebe worked together was back in 2008. Since then, Bodec and Avebe developed various new technologies and concepts that were converted into practical solutions. A recent success is the development of a process to extract a vegetable protein called Solanic.
In order to extract, concentrate and dry the natural proteins in non-GM potatoes, an entirely new process needed to be developed. The proteins had to be easily soluble, with good emulsifying, foaming and gel forming characteristics, so that they could be used in various food products, as a replacement for animal proteins.
Bodec conducted various experiments to find an efficient and optimal process to extract, concentrate and dry the potato proteins. These detailed, practical trials were supervised by Bodec engineers in Avebe’s own pilot plant.
Using these results, our experts were able to develop the entire process for Avebe. They selected the best technology and formulation for isolating and processing the protein. For some aspects, like the drying installation, we went the extra mile. We selected the various suppliers for these machines and our people helped with the construction of this installation.
The production line for extracting protein from potatoes is currently fully functional. Solanic is already being used on a large scale for vegetarian products and it turns out to be a good replacement for various high-quality animal proteins. As Solanic has a high content of essential and branch-chained amino acids, it can also be used as the base for a nutritional protein that can help people recover after surgery.