Western consumers are looking for more out of their munchies when they browse the snack isle. They want healthy, sustainable, tasty snack options that pack a nutritious punch. Enter Plento. An innovative brand that is setting itself apart in the world of snacks by mixing both plant based protein and insect protein.
POWER TO THE POWDERS
Based in South East Asia, Plento has access to many vegetables that can be defined as superfoods. Mung bean, sorghum, chickpeas, and lupin are all examples of highly nutritious products that grow in the region. Once dried
and ground into a powder, they can be baked into a yummy, healthy snack.
SMALL ANIMALS, BIG CONTENT
Asia offers the most convenient access to insect powders as well. Compared to Europe and North America, cricket flour and mealworm flour are 3 to 6 times less expensive. When dried, crickets contain 67% protein, and defatted mealworm powder is about the same. Lots of protein, minerals, vitamins and no carbs make insect powders a great addition to our snacks.
CLEAN LABEL AND CLEAN PLANET
Snacks are rarely associated with healthy, natural ingredients. Plento wants to change that and be part of the clean label movement: simple ingredients that are easy to recognize, understand and pronounce. Ingredients that are also friends of the environment, because they have a much smaller carbon footprint.
Insects need 10 times less feed than beef, which requires 20 times more land and emits 20 times more greenhouse gas emissions per unit of protein than common plant-based protein sources such as beans, peas and lentils.
Plento is a start up founded in 2019 to develop innovative food based on alternative protein.
Plento is supported and accelerated by Brinc, a leader in food innovation.