Above Food acquires processing technology company

REGINA, SASK. – Above Food Corp. agreed to acquire Sonic Milling Systems, Ltd., a food technology company focused on developing processing techniques for plant-based ingredients and products.

Canada-based Sonic Milling’s proprietary hydrodynamic cavitation technology uses water and pressure to create microscopic air bubbles capable of breaking up a range of ingredients like legumes, fruits and vegetables into liquids and sauces clean without the need for stabilizers or added oils. The company has deployed the technology to produce oat concentrate, oat drink and oat cream for several North American brands and retailers.

Founded in 2020 by food industry veterans Lionel Kambeitz, Donato Sferra, Tyler West and Martin Williams, Above Food is a vertically integrated plant-based foods company. It uses regenerative farming practices and plant-based proteins such as oats, chickpeas, peas, lentils and beans in its consumer brands, including Farmer Direct Organic, Only Oats, Culcherd and Eat Up! Its business-to-business division, Purely Canada Foods, provides plant-based protein and plant-based ingredients to customers around the world.

Above Food will leverage Sonic Milling technologies to create oat products more cost-effectively and using fewer resources.

“By combining Sonic Milling’s ability to process whole oats with Above Food’s large-scale gluten-free oat program and primary processing infrastructure, we see benefits in preserving nutrient quality while by having the lowest unit savings,” said Wayne Goranson, CEO of Sonic Milling. . “Together, we can deliver a full line of Clean Label oat products and ingredients nutritiously, effectively and at scale.”

Along with the ability to turn grains, legumes and vegetables into liquids and sauces, hydrodynamic cavitation technology creates controlled heat and pressure, improving digestibility and reducing unwanted flavors, without denaturing nutrients or proteins, depending on the companies.

“We have been researching an alternative to conventional fractionated protein concentrates for two years and are focused on a technology that increases the bioavailability of native nutrients and proteins found in legumes, grains and vegetables,” said Kambeitz. . “Sonic Milling has done just that in the protein shake space, and we’re excited to expand the application of this breakthrough technology across our entire portfolio.”