WITH three new patents under its belt, Canadian protein developer Burcon NutraScience said it foresees commercialization of its soy protein product Clarisoy ramping up in 2013.
Licensed to Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), Clarisoy is a soy-based protein ingredient that offers both clarity and protein nutrition in low-pH beverage products.
Burcon received three U.S. patents in March and April for processes used in producing Clarisoy. The company said its product is the first plant-based protein extraction technology of its kind, delivering high-quality protein in low-pH beverages, such as sports drinks and juices, with transparency, solubility and clean taste.
"We recognize that the development process for major branded food and beverage products involves extensive time and investment," Burcon president and chief operating officer Johann Tergesen said. "We are encouraged by the inroads ADM has made for Clarisoy in the food and beverage market."
In addition to filing numerous patents covering its production processes, Burcon said it has also filed applications to cover its various commercial applications as well as the composition of the product itself, including its "signature characteristics."
ADM holds the exclusive license to manufacture and market Burcon's Clarisoy product, which includes both Clarisoy 100, developed specifically for use in transparent beverages with pH levels below 4.0, and Clarisoy 150, an isolated soy protein for use in beverage systems with a pH of less than 4.0 that require a cloud system.
ADM said Clarisoy is extremely heat stable, requiring no homogenization or stabilizers in low-pH beverages, and added that it is well suited for sports nutrition beverages, citrus-based drinks, fruit-flavored beverages, powdered beverage mixes, fruit juice blends and fortified water.