2022 Innovative New Protein Products

Originally Published: September 5, 2022
Last Updated: September 19, 2022
2022 program protein seminar

2022 Innovative New Protein Products Sampling Station is part of the in-person 2022 Protein Trends & Technologies Seminar. Samples of products marked by this icon ♣ will be available to taste. They include formulated, protein-based foods, beverages and supplements in food formats. Examples of plant-based alternatives to conventional protein products (but with no to minimal amounts of protein) will be included. Products reflect trends such as increased consumption of plant-based foods, keto diets, clean label, 3-D printing processes and more. Please stay tuned as we add many more products, some from 2022 Natural Products Expo East.     — Claudia Dziuk O’Donnell / Global Food Forums Co-founder and Co-owner

We wish to thank Tatua, sponsor of this 2022 Innovative Protein Product Sampling Station.

NOTE: Label information may change due to product reformulations and other factors.
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Nourish 3D Printed Protein Bars

Nourished 3D bar-BANANA


♣ COMMENT: This product was chosen for sampling due to its use of 3-D printing as a process. Over 400 different flavor combinations can be created as customers can choose the base flavor or the bar, a middle layer, and a coating. For the 2022 Protein Sampling Station, bars with a banana puree base, roasted cashews topping, and vegan milk chocolate flavor coating were picked. Each bar is 100% vegan, low in sugar, and naturally high in plant-based protein.
DIGITAL NOTE: When using the online ordering system, it was easy to choose layers, and a visual building of the bar was shown. 

INGREDIENTS: (Displayed at the end of the online order.) SOY Protein, Milk Chocolate Flavoured Coating (Cocoa Butter, Gluten-Free OAT Flour (32.4%), Xylitol, Cocoa Mass, Emulsifier: Sunflower Lecithin), Glycerine, Maltitol, CASHEW NUTS Coconut Oil, SOY Protein Crisps, Maltodextrin, Banana Flavour, Erythritol, Vanilla Flavouring, Pectin, Potassium Sorbate, Emulsifier: SOY Lecithin, Citric Acid, Natural Colours
Besides the allergen warnings, it noted it was not for children under four years nor pets. Also, “Warning: Product contains more than 10g/100g polyols: excessive consumption may cause laxative effect.”

NUTRITION FACTS (Per 100g /Per Bar): Energy (kcal) 1363.4/325.48; Fat 20.41g/14.13g; Of which saturates 12.99g/8.99g; Carbohydrates 38.9g/26.93g; Of which sugars 2.56g/1.77g; Polyols 33.2g/22.98g; Fiber 2.56g/1.77g; Protein 29.27g/20.26g

PRICE: USD 49.99 a box of 12 bars (weight not given). Ordered online from company.

N!CKS Refrigerated Keto bar


♣ COMMENT: Launched spring of 2022, Nick’s Smak refrigerated bars represents a number of trends; refrigerated, keto nutritional profile (including higher in protein), and are said to have less sugar and significantly fewer calories than comparable products. The bars are shipped non-refrigerated and can be unrefrigerated for up to one week. As with most refrigerated bars, the reason for recommending that shipping and storage temperature is palatability. Digital NOTE: While on Nick’s website, pop ups would announce the city where someone just purchased a bar and what the flavor was.

INGREDIENTS (Strawbär Cashew): Cashew Butter, Allulose, Dried Whole Milk, Almond Protein Powder, Erythritol, EPG (Modified Plant Based Oil), Whey Protein Isolate, Soluble Corn Fiber, Water, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Freeze Dried Strawberries, Vegetable Glycerin, Natural Flavors, Beet Juice Powder (for color), Sea Salt, Mixed Tocopherols (to protect quality), Steviol Glycosides, Xanthan Gum. Contains: Cashews, Milk, Almonds.

NUTRITION FACTS: 8g net carbs per bar = Total Carbs. (28g) – Fiber (6g) – Sugar Alcohols (8g) – (Allulose and Acacia Gum) (6g).
Serving Size 1 bar 2.2oz (62.5g); Amount Per Serving /% of Daily Value: Calories 180; Total Fat 8g/10%; Saturated Fat 2.5g/13%; Trans Fat 0g; Cholesterol 10mg/3%; Total Carbohydrate 28g/10%; Dietary Fiber 6g/21%; Sugars 5g – Incl 0g/0% Added Sugar; Sugar Alcohols 8g; Protein 13g/10%

PRICE: USD 23.95 for a box of 8 – 62.5 g (2.2 oz) bars. Ordered online from the company.

N!CKS Refrigerated Keto bar


♣ COMMENT: Produce webpage says “Welcome to what’s next—Silk Nextmilk Whole Fat. We used our special flavor-matching savviness to make a dairy-free blend that tastes so rich and creamy, you won’t miss dairy.” At 2022 Protein Trends & Technologies Seminar Protein Sampling Station, this beverage will be compared to traditional whole milk. Claims made online: •VEGAN •DAIRY-FREE •NON-GMO PROJECT VERIFIED• GLUTEN-FREE.  Other Claims: •Six key nutrients found in dairy: Calcium, Vitamin D, Vitamin A, Vitamin B12, Phosphorus and Riboflavin; •75% less sugar and 30% fewer calories than whole milk.* •8g fat per cup; •Lactose-free; •Free from dairy, gluten, carrageenan, and artificial colors & flavors, •Verified by the Non-GMO Project’s product verification program

INGREDIENTS (“Whole Milk” Variety): Oatmilk (Filtered Water, Oat Concentrate), Coconutmilk (Filtered Water, Coconut Cream), Coconut Oil, Soy Protein Isolate, Chicory Root Extract, Cane Sugar, Sunflower Oil, Vitamin and Mineral Blend (Calcium Carbonate, Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin D2, Riboflavin [B2], Vitamin B12), Sea Salt, Locust Bean Gum, Gellan Gum, Sunflower Lecithin, Soy Lecithin, Natural Flavor. CONTAINS SOY, COCONUT (As of 9/12/2022).

NUTRITION FACTS: Serving Size: 1 Cup (240 mL) ~7 servings/container; 110 calories/serving. Nutrient (amount per serving/ % Dairy Value). Total Fat: (8g/10%), Saturated Fat: (6g/30%); Trans Fat: (0g), Polyunsaturated Fat: (0g), Monounsaturated Fat: (1g), Cholesterol: (0mg/0%), Sodium: (190mg/9%). Total Carbohydrate: (7/g3%), Dietary Fiber: (3g/11%), Total Sugars: (3g [Includes 3g Added Sugars]/6%), Protein: (4g/8%), Vitamin D: (4mcg/ 20%), Calcium: (310mg/20%), Iron: (1mg/6%), Potassium: (30mg/ 4%), Vitamin A: (260mcg/25%), Riboflavin: (0.3mg/20%), Vitamin B12: (3.3mcg/30%), Phosphorus: (240/mg20%)

*Further Comparison from Nextmilk website:  Silk Whole Fat Oatmilk and Plant-Based Blend has 3g of sugar, 110 calories per serving; Whole Milk has 12g sugar, 149 calories per serving. USDA, ARS. FoodData Central, 2021. Data consistent with typical whole fat dairy milk.

PRICE: USD 4.38 (7.4 cents/fl oz) WalMart online 9/12/2022



♣ COMMENT: Company announced a new flavor (Strawberry) late summer 2022, but it was not yet in the marketplace. We found it interesting and chose to profile its Fruity flavor in comparison to Fruit Loops at the 2022 Protein Trends & Technologies Seminar Protein Sampling Station. Claims include No wheat, No corn, No rice, No dairy, No oats, Peanut free, Vegan, No soy, Gluten free, Non GMO and Kosher (among others). Other: “It’s one of the only woman-founded brands in the cereal industry.”

INGREDIENTS (Fruity Variety): Chickpea, Tapioca, Pea Protein, Organic Cane Sugar, Natural Flavors, Vegetable Juice for Color, Monk Fruit (As of 9/13/2022).

NUTRITION FACTS: Serving Size 0.75 cup (35 g) / 7 servings per container. 130 calories/serving. Nutrient (amount per serving/% Daily Value).  Total Fat (2g/2.6%), Sat Fat (0g/0%), Trans Fat (0g/0%), Cholesterol (0mg/0%), Sodium (50mg/2.2%), Carbohydrates (20g/7%), Fiber (3g/11%), Sugars (3g), Added Sugar (3g/6%), Protein (8g), Vitamin D (0 mcg/0%), Potassium (300mg/6%), Iron (1.9mg/10%), Calcium (150mg/10%)

PRICE: USD 6.50 / 8.6oz box (On sale Whole Foods and online from company) 9/12/2022