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NAFFS Technical Meeting Discusses Protein Alternatives

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  • Speaker at NAFFS
    Sudarshan Nadathur, chief dairy flavorist with Archer Daniels Midland Co., who discussed the various formats protein is taking in food today.
  • An attendee sampling products
    Among the variety of protein snacks sampled, attendees tasted Hippeas, snack puffs made with pea protein, CHIRPs, crackers made with crickets, Beanitos, which use beans to add protein to their snacks.

On May 11, 2018, The National Association of Flavors and Food-Ingredient Systems (NAFFS) held its annual technical meeting at the Newark Liberty International Airport Marriot in Newark, NJ.

During the event, titled "Bringing Alternative Proteins to Market: The Inside Story," flavor experts discussed the demand for protein alternatives and the various challenges in creating products and flavors for them. Sudarshan Nadathur, chief dairy flavorist with Archer Daniels Midland Co., addressed the benefits, challenges, masking agents and environmental impacts of alternative proteins in the human diet. Attendees also sampled unique protein products including Chirps’ cricket chips, Beanitos’ bean protein chips, Bolthouse’s soy milk and Ripple’s pea protein milk.