Overall, the share of vegetable proteins used in food ingredients is still only 30%. But this share increased significantly from year to year, its growth rate is double that of animal protein (8% against 4%). Europe suffers from a chronic high dependence on imported protein from America, in fact we import over 70% of our needs. In addition, nearly 30% of plant based proteins produced are consumed to produce animal protein with a very unfavorable yield, since we almost 5kg of Plant proteins to produce 1 kg of animal protein. Almost 9 billion people on our planet with an average purchasing power increasing, and therefore increasing needs in protein. plant based proteins are more than ever the future solutions to feed the planet and to prevent future famines.
Plant proteins are more than ever an opportunity for future generations, and as such it represents:
- A Strong growth potential especially in Europe where, due the heavy reliance on imports, local production are undervalued, while markets present opportunities.
- An Alternatives to animal proteins that require 8 times more fossil energy to be produced.
- A diversification and enrichment of the current supply of plant based protein mainly monopolized by soybeans: Rapeseed, Peas, Potatoes, Wheat, Barley, Maize, Lupine, fava bean, alfalfa … IMPROVE values all European plant based proteins and its primarily markets are Food and Feed, Cosmetic and Biomaterials database.