Sustainable protein enrichment with BeneoPro Faba Bean.

Vicia faba, also known in the culinary sense as broad bean, fava bean or faba bean, is widely cultivated as a crop for human consumption, and even considered as one of the earliest domesticated legumes.

Our faba bean will be grown with local farmers and its protein obtained via a dry fractionation process in the nearby German factory. This production site will use a sustainable way of production that uses significantly less energy and water than a wet process (the latter which is generally used to make protein isolate)

Nutritional benefits:

Dairy fruit smoothie
Faba beans Isomalt
Strawberry milk
Dairy fruitshake
Dairy shake
Dairy milkshake

Highly soluble protein.

Protein enriched smoothies or vegan dairy-free drinks have become part of consumers healthy lifestyle. Though highly desirable, not always easy to make, as no one likes to see a residue at the bottom of a bottle. Thanks to the high solubility of our faba bean proteins, there is no sediment or sandy taste in your end product. Instead you can offer a beautiful homogenous smoothie with a pleasant mouthfeel to your consumers.

Nitrogen Solubility Index (NSI) of BeneoPro FB.

Furthermore, faba protein has good emulsifying and foaming properties, very useful for example when preparing a vegan cappuccino-style drink with our BENEO recipe of dairy-free coffee creamer. Faba protein offer a good homogenous end product that vegans and vegetarians will adore.

Faba bean protein for a sustainable consumer answer.

Pulses help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at farm level. For example, Faba beans provide nitrogen for themselves and subsequent plants and therefore nitrogen fertilisation is not necessary.

Throughout our entire supply chain, sustainability is key with this product line. BENEO is currently investing in a new pulse processing site in Europe, where the chosen production process will be one of low energy consumption in comparison to alternative processes. As such it will overall contribute to BENEO’s carbon neutrality and sustainability targets.

The faba beans for this plant will be locally sourced from farmers contracted by our mother company, Sûdzucker AG, who is a certified member of SAI. As such we focus on growing a sustainable, healthy and resilient agricultural sector, whilst creating strong and secure supply chains. As we manufacture the Faba bean protein, starch rich flour and hulls, the crop will be fully used and completely valorised for functional ingredients.

What do consumers have to say about faba bean protein?

Let’s hear what the consumers have to say about the plant-based protein from faba bean. A recent consumer survey shows that their first impressions are very positive.

Many of them like vegetable-based proteins such as beans and pea. Some of them were very aware of the nutritional value of protein offered by beans. Let’s have a look at their insights.

Faba Bean protein range: composition and features.

Ingredient names
Protein1 (g/100g)
Carbohydrates1 (g/100g)
Ingredient names
Faba bean Protein concentrate
Protein1 (g/100g)
  • Superb solubility
  • Good alternative to animal protein (milk, egg, ..)
  • Great amino acid profile, complementary to cereals
  • Very good emulsifying properties
Ingredient names
Faba bean starch-rich flour
Protein1 (g/100g)
  • Naturally high in protein
  • Thickening and binding properties

1 Indicative typical contents; protein values (Nx6.5) (according to EU food legislation)2; Contains min. 60% protein on dry matter

In-depth information.

Paper: protein enrichment with highly soluble BeneoPro FB.

Explore our range of faba bean protein concentrate and faba bean starch-rich flour. Faba bean protein has good emulsifying, foaming, thickening and binding properties.