21 Aug 2012 --- Burcon NutraScience Corporation announces that it has entered into a non-binding letter of intent with a commercial partner (the "Letter of Intent") that details the intention of the two parties (the "Parties") to enter into a strategic partnership for the worldwide commercial production, marketing and sale of Burcon's Peazazz pea protein.
"The objective of this letter of intent is to combine the complementary strengths of two organizations and profitably commercialize Burcon's Peazazz pea protein technology in an expeditious manner," said Johann F. Tergesen, President and Chief Operating Officer, adding, "We believe Peazazz's potential in the global protein ingredient industry will be well served through the partnership contemplated in the Letter of Intent we have executed today."
The Letter of Intent provides a framework of terms and conditions, which the Parties intend to use as the basis for a final agreement (the "Definitive Agreement"). The framework describes a phased approach to commercialization wherein the Parties would first engineer and construct an initial semi-works production facility capable of producing commercial quantities of Peazazz (the "Semi-Works Facility"), targeted to be operational before the end of the first quarter of 2013, followed by a second phase wherein the Parties would be required to make a decision to build a full-scale commercial facility within a pre-determined period of time.
Peazazz is 100% soluble, transparent and heat stable in low pH solutions. Peazazz has clean flavour characteristics and is well suited for use in low pH beverages as well as a variety of other healthy and great tasting food and beverage product applications. Its valuable nutritional and functional characteristics make Peazazz an attractive product for companies looking for an alternative plant protein ingredient.
Pea is a widely accepted and consumed vegetable, recognized for its nutritional value and health benefits. Peazazz pea protein can easily be incorporated into a variety of foods and beverages including low pH fruit juices and juice blends, sport nutrition drinks, powdered beverages, fortified waters, bars, baked goods and vegetarian and vegan foods.
Protein ingredients are valued by the food and beverage industry for two fundamental properties: nutrition and function.
Nutritionally Peazazz is consistent with existing pea proteins which are valued for their high digestibility and low potential for allergic responses, Peazazz pea protein isolate is also from a non-GMO source.
Functionally Peazazz lends itself to numerous potential applications due to its unique solubility and clean flavour profile.
The quest for healthier lifestyles has led consumers to search for alternatives to animal proteins. This factor -- the pursuit of health and wellness in food products -- is expected to drive and sustain the market demand for Peazazz, which can be incorporated into a wide variety of beverage and food products.
Concurrent with and forming part of the Letter of Intent, Burcon has agreed to deal with the commercial partner exclusively for a defined period while the Parties negotiate and finalize the terms of the Definitive Agreement.
Although it is the intention of the Parties to enter into a Definitive Agreement, the Letter of Intent is non-binding on the Parties except for the exclusivity agreement and certain provisions concerning confidentiality and each party bearing its own expenses relating to the negotiation of the Definitive Agreement.