Integra Foods – a subsidiary of Australian Grain Export (AGE) – announced the opening of a plant protein facility within AGE’s new $20 million vertically integrated value-adding precinct in Dublin.

Integra Foods said its facility uses a pioneering dry fractionation technique to produce 15,000 metric tonnes of all-natural concentrates from pulses annually by separating starches from proteins in faba beans, ensuring minimal impact on their natural structure.

The company said it does so without using water, acids, alkalis, solvents, or drying, and is 90% more energy efficient than traditional wet fractionating methods, preserving the natural integrity of the grains.

Integra Foods’ added that it sources its faba beans within 150 kilometres of the manufacturing site, reducing food miles and supporting local growers.

South Australia is renowned as a producer of global premium quality pulses  including faba beans, chickpeas, lentils and lupins. 

AGE director Tyson Hewett on Integra Foods site at Dublin.
AGE director Tyson Hewett on site at Dublin. Image via Grain Central.

Tim Martin, Managing Director of Integra Foods, said in a statement: “We’re proud to lead in developing Australia’s plant protein industry and launching South Australia’s newest industry,” he said. “Our innovative dry fractionation process produces high-quality protein and starch concentrates and reduces energy consumption significantly, aligning with our commitment to health and sustainability.”

Integra Foods said it plans to export its plant protein ingredients to key markets in Asia, Europe, and North America, for which it has received $500,000 from the South Australian Government. Among the industries it will target are beverages, pet food, fortified foods, and feed supplements.

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