Andre Dacosta
Andre Dacosta
Business Development Manager

Andre is a food engineer from the University of Burgundy, France. Andre is also a long-time veteran of the food and beverage industry working first with multinational companies such as Coca-Cola Amatil Snack division (now Pepsico) and Nestle, working in Product and Process development, also in Sales & Marketing. For the last 20 years, Andre has helped DSM-Firmenich clients develop solutions that best address the needs of their consumers. His mission is to serve others, contribute to society, grow his expertise and overall be a resource to the eco-system. As the food supply chain is facing a crisis point, Andre is committed to taking his collaborative approach to the next level and being a force for change in what is a must-win battle if we are to make the food industry more sustainable. Andre is currently the APAC Business Development Manager for DSM-Firmenich for Plant-Based solutions within the Taste, Texture, and Health (TTH) cluster and is based in Australia.

Presentation Description

The production of plant-based proteins derived from upcycling by-products of major and local crops represents a very promising avenue of development to help humanity transition to a more sustainable food supply. DSM-Firmenich recently introduced Vertis CanolaPro i90+ isolate. Canola (rapeseed) is the third largest oil crop in the world. The by-product (pomace) of the oil extraction is rich in proteins, proteins with versatile applications, non-allergenic, and with proven differentiated nutritional and functional benefits compared to soy, wheat, and pea proteins. This presentation will review broadly the manufacturing of the isolate and provide details about its nutritional characteristics and functional benefits. It will offer strategies on how plant-based food manufacturers can optimize the nutritional and sensory qualities of their products by combining proteins with different qualities.