Status: Need is Closed

Revolutionary Plant Protein Sources / 革新的な植物性タンパク源

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Need was closed on
Oct 31

PepsiCo seeks to incorporate new plant proteins into their world-class foods and beverages.




Consumers are increasingly selecting products that feature plant-based proteins: from rice milk to pasta made from chickpeas. Additionally, market demand also indicates a continued strong interest in protein-rich foods. An unfortunate side-effect of high levels of plant protein in food products is that various organoleptic properties, such as color, taste and texture, can be negatively impacted which, in turn, degrades consumer acceptance of those products. As such, PepsiCo is interested in innovative plant proteins that have undergone some level of concentration.

Researchers & organizations who have exciting new plant protein concentrates with the potential for commercial-scale implementation on suitable timelines are strongly encouraged to respond.


Key success Criteria


  • Must be a plant or plant-derived protein
  • High PDCAAS or DIAAS score
    • PDCAAS is preferred
  • Minimal impact on:
    • Color
    • Taste
    • Texture
  • Process-friendly for food applications:
    • Good dispersion
    • Solubility data in solution at pH 3.5 and 7.0
    • Foaming capacity/stability data
  • 植物または植物由来のタンパクである
  • たん白質消化吸収率補正アミノ酸スコア(PDCAAS)または消化性必須アミノ酸スコア(DIAAS)が高い
    • 特にPDCAASが高いことが望ましい
  • 以下の項目に対する影響が小さい
    • 色調
    • 風味
    • テクスチャー
  • 食品への適用におけるプロセス適合性
    • 分散性
    • 溶解性
    • 発泡性または無発泡性



  • Process friendly for beverage applications
  • Data to prove the unique quality
  • Non-GMO
  • Negligible flavor and texture impact
  • Other nutritional benefits to the source besides high protein content (fiber)
  • “Clean Label”
  • Easy to pronounce and common (e.g. familiar, “kitchen” ingredients) are highly desirable
  • Good sustainability story
  • Differentiation to conventional animal and dairy proteins
  • 飲料への適用におけるプロセス適合性
  • 独自の品質を証明するデータ
  • GMOでない
  • 風味やテクスチャーへの影響がほとんどない
  • 高タンパク(繊維)含量以外の、栄養上の利点
  • クリーンラベルを実現している
  • 言いやすい名前であり、一般的に知られているもの(馴染みがあり、一般家庭で用いられる素材が非常に望ましく、化学的なニュアンスのある素材は望ましくない)
  • 優れたサステナビリティが期待できる
  • 従来の動物性タンパクや乳タンパクとの差別化要素を有する
Possible Approaches

PepsiCo is interested in all approaches capable of achieving the performance stated with the exceptions noted below.


Approaches not of Interest

PepsiCo is not interested in submissions on the following protein sources:

  • Soy
  • Moringa
  • Khai-nam (“duck weed”)
  • Pea
  • Single-cell protein
  • Protein from non-plant sources:
    • Insects
    • Meat
    • Gelatin
    • Dairy (such as whey, casein, milk protein concentrates)

PepsiCo is not interested in new plant-based products via this project – only plant/plant-derived protein concentrates are of interest. Unprocessed or whole food protein sources are likewise not of interest.


  • 大豆
  • モリンガ
  • Khai-nam (“duck weed”)
  • エンドウ豆
  • 単細胞タンパク
  • 非植物原料由来のタンパク
    • 昆虫
    • 食肉
    • ゼラチン
    • 乳(ホエイ、カゼイン、乳タンパク濃縮物など)


Due Date
Oct 31
Items to be submitted

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To respond to this project, please use the online response form to provide the following information:

  • Response Title
  • Proposed Technical Approach
  • Technical Summary
    • Evidence to show the unique value of the protein
    • Product specifications, such as ingredient composition spec sheets
    • Amino acid profile
      • PDCAAS or
      • DIAAS
    • Digestibility information
    • Regulatory information
  • Organization Details
  • Organization Name
  • Point of Contact
  • Email Address
  • Phone Number
  • Mailing Address
  • Technical Maturity
  • Budget/Timeline
  • Experience

Please note: only non-confidential information can be included in your response. You can access saved draft responses via your Control Center (located in the top row of options when logged into your NineSights account). While all submissions must be made in English, PepsiCo is committed to strong international engagement and welcomes responses from interested individuals and organizations.

To submit your idea or proposal, please use the Respond Now button on the right of this page. Please note that only non-confidential information can be accepted. By submitting a response, you represent that the response does not contain and will not be deemed to contain any confidential information of any kind.

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
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Brandy Heflin
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