Sustainable Proteins Presentation

Originally Published: July 7, 2016
Last Updated: March 5, 2021

Sustainable Proteins” was presented at the 2016 Protein Trends & Technologies Seminar by Matthew Roberts, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer, NBTY, Inc. and Screening Committee Member, Nutrition Capital Network .

Abstract: Consumers desire for increased protein consumption through formats from nutrition bars and beverages to sports products has encouraged much of the recent M&A and private investment activity in the dietary supplement and functional foods sectors. Additionally, the volatility of raw material prices and interest in sustainability have led to diversification of the protein marketplace from whey and soy to many forms of plant-based proteins. Industry changes offer opportunities for investors in foods, supplements, ingredients, biotech and acquirers in F&B, ingredients and pharma. This presentation offered insights into recent M&A and investment activities among “protein-centric” companies with a look at what it may mean for continued industry growth.

Excerpt from the written summary of this presentation: In 1960, experts estimated that the amount of food needed by the world in 1990 would double. Today, experts are saying the same doubling of the food supply will be needed by 2050, said Matthew Roberts, CSO for Nature’s Bounty (NBTY), in his Protein Trends & Technology Seminars presentation titled “Perspectives on Investments & Acquisitions in the Protein Industries (Supply and Finished Products).” However, unlike 1960, the challenge now is a question of land resources. About 12% of the world’s land area is arable; another 26% can be used for grazing. However, those areas are declining.

The answer, Roberts said, must be plant proteins—and not only due to resources, but because of growing consumer concerns for health, climate change and animal welfare. “I think we’re in a really important time, not only as industry professionals, but also as human beings. The nature of food, agriculture and nutrition is changing, and protein is center-stage.”

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