Dr. Werawat Lertwanawatana is currently the CEO of SMS Group where value is created from tapioca starch through knowledge and dedication of human resources. He has been in the modified starch industry with Siam Modified Starch (SMS) since 1987. He has managed intense research activities from concept into commercialization for both food and non-food starch applications. Dr. Werawat has received his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry at the University of Wales, Cardiff, UK after his B.Sc. (Honour) in chemistry in Thailand. He was an associate professor in Chemistry at Ramkamhaeng University in Thailand.
Plant-based proteins are poised to become more cost-effective and affordable than animal-derived counterparts. They are expected to capture up to 11% of the protein market by 2035, driven by factors like resource efficiency and consumer health, and environmental concerns. Challenges in plant-based growth, including taste and texture issues, are being addressed, particularly by targeting the growing flexitarian market. SMS Corporation is at the forefront, offering innovative plant protein solutions like PHYTO 50, which provide higher protein content and cost savings while maintaining taste and texture. Research and innovation are vital in optimizing plant proteins for a sustainable food future.