Novel Protein Sources

Request Number N977810
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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 or
    • Insect
  • Innovative processing methods to utilize any of the above protein sources


Key Success Criteria


  • Primary focus: Plant-based protein ingredients
    • mycoprotein & insect protein could be options 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 has done extensive work with the following:

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

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


Preferred Collaboration types
  • To Be Negotiated
Items to be submitted

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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.


Point of Contact
Jonathan Jakischa
Area of Interest
  • Food & Beverage
  • Food Manufacturing
  • Fruit & Vegetable Processing
  • Snack Food Manufacturing
  • Grain Products
  • Ingredient Manufacturing
  • Other
  • Other
Due Date
December 29, 2017
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