The first waving fields of local fava beans are now ripening in the fertile soil of Zeeland in the southwest of The Netherlands. In a project supported by the Provincie Zeeland, Meatless succeeded with partners MFH pulses, CZAV, Schouten Europe, ZLTO, and ISM to process and introduce locally cultivated fava beans as a basic raw material for the production of vegetarian consumer products. 

A pioneer in fava beans

The beans you see in the video are harvested at the end of the summer and will hit your plate in the winter. Meatless discovered fava beans four years ago as an efficient opportunity for vegetarian production and has intensely developed this crop to a major new textured option for the food processing industry. With a potential harvest of 8 tons/hectare and a content of 34% protein, fava beans are a serious and sustainable option for plant-based protein production. As a pioneer in fava beans, we are now the first to involve local sourcing of this type of bean in our procurement strategy. Meatless textured flakes based on fava beans are available now for sampling and production in both hydrated frozen and dehydrated dry varieties.