French agro-industrial group Avril and Dutch science-based company Royal DSM are launching a joint venture to produce canola proteins, World Grain reported on 15 July.

Avril and DSM said construction would begin on a manufacturing facility in Dieppe, France, which is owned by Saipol, a subsidiary of the Avril Group.

The companies said the joint venture company, Olatein, would combine Avril’s expertise in oilseed and protein crop production and DSM’s patented process and technology for extracting high-quality protein from canola meal.

Avril would supply Olatein with non-genetically modified canola meal from the new onsite crushing unit, World Grain reported, while DSM would market and sell the new company’s product CanolaPRO.

“This partnership with DSM is part of Avril’s strategy to develop and conquer new markets, with the aim of structuring a new high-protein seed sector and thus contribute to increasing France’s and Europe’s protein self-sufficiency,” said Avril Group CEO Jean-Philippe Puig.

“Our partnership with Avril enables the production of CanolaPRO, a high-quality and nutritious protein that supports our customers to provide consumers around the world with better tasting, more enjoyable meat and dairy alternatives — in line with the market trends,” DSM Food Specialities president Patrick Niels said.

The new site would also include a biomethane production unit which would contribute to supplying the local public energy network.