Status: Need is Closed

Novel Protein Sources

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Need was closed on
Apr 12

PepsiCo seeks new and novel protein sources for usage in their snacks and beverages.



Consumers the world over have embraced a variety of high-protein foods, such as Greek-style yogurt and beef jerky style meat products. Unfortunately, that increased level of protein in the product can negatively impact consumer perceptions by adversely impacting texture, taste, color, etc.


PepsiCo would like to achieve a protein level that provides a measurable positive impact for consumers while enabling a comparable consumer experience.


Therefore, PepsiCo seeks either:

  • Novel protein sources
    • Plant-based or
    • Mycoprotein
  • Innovative processing methods to utilize any of the above protein sources


Key success Criteria


  • Primary focus: Plant-based protein ingredients
    • mycoprotein could be option for consideration
  • Efficient delivery of good nutrition protein (high PDCAAS) is highly desired (e.g. complement grain protein with pulse protein)
  • Minimal flavor and texture impact
  • Process friendly for snack and beverage applications (e.g. extrusion, baking, homogenizing, etc.)
  • Evidence to show the unique quality of the protein or process



  • Complete scientific research was done to prove the unique quality.
  • Non-GMO
  • Negligible flavor and texture impact
  • Other nutritional benefits to the source besides high protein content (especially if the level is claimable in the typical amount used in the application, e.g. 100% RDA of Vitamin E)
  • “Clean Label”
    • i.e. easy to pronounce and common (e.g. familiar, “kitchen” ingredients are highly desirable and avoid chemical-sounding ingredients) 
    • or at the minimum has a good sustainability story 
    • or other differentiation to conventional animal and dairy proteins


Possible Approaches

PepsiCo is interested in all approaches capable of achieving the performance stated above.


Approaches not of Interest

PepsiCo is not interested in the following protein sources:

  • Soy
  • Moringa
  • Khai-nam (“duck weed”)
  • Cricket powder
  • Meal worm powder
  • Pea
  • Dairy
  • Single cell protein
  • Insect protein

Additionally, PepsiCo wishes to avoid usage of dairy, egg, meat, and gelatin sourced protein.


Due Date
Apr 12
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Your response should be a concise abstract/executive summary. The proposal should briefly describe the technical approach and provide information on technology performance, background and description of the responding team and their related experience. By submitting a response, you acknowledge that PepsiCo, in its sole discretion, may select or reject a response or any portion thereof.


Nothing in this Project Description obligates PepsiCo to implement, practice, license, purchase or provide any solutions, recommendations, inventions, intellectual property, products, concepts, systems, techniques or services, or to enter into any relationship or agreement with any party responding to this Project Description (a “Respondent”).  This Project Description does not create a relationship of agency, partnership, joint venture, or license between the PepsiCo and any Respondent.  Respondent acknowledges that PepsiCo may currently or in the future be developing, acquiring or licensing information inventions, intellectual property, products, concepts, systems, techniques or services similar to those being requested in this Project Description.  Accordingly, nothing in this Project Description will be construed as a representation or agreement that PepsiCo will refrain from developing or authorizing another to develop any products, concepts, systems or techniques that are similar to those contemplated in this Project Description.

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Sameer Talsania
Tricia Goebel
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Jonathan Jakischa
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