AgriFORCE Growing Systems announces that it has entered into a material definitive agreement to acquire the intellectual property (IP) from Manna Nutritional Group LLC (MNG), a privately held firm based in Boise, Idaho. The IP encompasses patent-pending technologies to naturally process and convert grain, pulses, and root vegetables, resulting in low-starch, low-sugar, high-protein, fiber-rich baking flour products, as well as a wide range of breakfast cereals, juices, natural sweeteners, and baking enhancers. The core process is covered under a pending patent application in the U.S. and key international markets.
This all-natural process is designed to unlock nutritional properties, flavor, and other qualities in a range of modern, ancient, and heritage grains, pulses, and root vegetables – creating specialized all-natural baking and all-purpose flours, sweeteners, juices, naturally sweet cereals, and other valuable products, providing numerous opportunities for dietary, nutritional, performance and culinary applications.
Key identified advantages of this production process:
The Company’s independent lab testing indicates that MNG’s soft white wheat baking flour contains up to 46% fiber, 23% protein, and only 8% starch, which results in 45 times more fiber, up to 3 times more protein, and provides only 11% of the starch found in standard/commercial all-purpose baking flour.
The resulting products deliver a significantly lower carbohydrate content than conventional processed flour-based food products and are designed to provide significantly higher levels of plant-based protein and natural fiber in addition to other nutrients and enzymes – without compromising taste, texture, and quality.
Ingo Mueller, CEO of AgriFORCE, stated, “This acquisition is the next step in our comprehensive strategy to leverage IP to produce more sustainable, natural, and better-quality food, medicine, and plant-based products. Imagine being able to eat much healthier bread, pasta, cereals, and a range of other products made from wheat, seeds, pulses, and legumes – that also taste good.” He added: “By capturing even a small portion of the overall flour market with our own brand and through relationships as an ingredient supplier, we believe this IP represents an opportunity that could transform the landscape of food production across a multitude of categories.”
David Naccarato, COO and Acting CEO of Manna Nutritional Group, commented, “Consumers strive to eat healthy foods, but we often revert to unhealthy options because of the taste, smell, and texture.” He continued: “We believe that people should not compromise the flavor, texture, aroma, or quality of their favorite dishes in order to eat healthier. Our proprietary process, which we have been perfecting for the past six years, is designed to provide the key ingredients for many of the foods that people want to eat, combined with the nutrition and flavor they desire. We look forward to a synergistic relationship with AgriFORCE as we share the same vision, commitment, and company culture – all in support of providing consumers with healthier choices.”
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