For better plant protein

We believe that consumers and formulators alike deserve high quality plant protein. So, we’re uprooting the food and beverage industry’s perception of plant-based proteins by producing ingredients that exceed standards for purity, solubility, taste, and more.

Committed to solving functional challenges and dedicated to overcoming taste and mouthfeel issues, we’re delivering a better plant protein, but we’re not stopping there.

We’re delivering a better way to experience the plant-based world.

From dairy and meat alternatives, to baked goods and beverages, and beyond – our research and development team at Merit see countless application possibilities and treat each one as an opportunity to serve our partners and their consumers better.

At Merit Functional Foods, we’re making plant protein, pure and simple.

Sustainability

Sustainably sourced
plant protein.

Did you know that where your plant protein is sourced and made has a significant impact on carbon footprint?

At Merit Functional Foods, we’re committed to sustainability and improved outcomes for our planet. That’s why we’re working so tirelessly to develop plant proteins that can change the way the world’s consumers get their protein—a necessary nutrient. 

We strive to create high-quality proteins, carefully produced and extracted from Canadian-sourced peas and canola at our state-of-the-art facility, that can feed the world and improve the life of our planet and our planet’s people.

Discover more on our sustainability page!

Our Innovative Team of Experts

Ryan Bracken

Co-CEO

Ryan has over 18 years of experience in food manufacturing, most recently as VP of Innovation at Manitoba Harvest. He previously led the financing, development, and commissioning of Hemp Oil Canada’s 40,000-square foot facility.

Ryan Bracken

Co-CEO

Barry Tomiski

Co-CEO

With over 30 years of experience in the food industry, Barry most recently led Manitoba Harvest as COO. He has previous sales and operational leadership roles at Cargill and Maple Leaf Foods.

Barry Tomiski

Co-CEO

Dustin Cosgrove

Vice President of Sales

Dustin has over 11 years of sales leadership experience within food industry, specializing in protein ingredient solutions (dairy and plant-based) for food, beverage, and nutrition companies globally.

Dustin Cosgrove

Vice President of Sales

Tara Kozlowich

Vice President of Marketing

Tara has over 16 years of experience in consumer packaged goods, specializing in Natural Product Marketing. She most recently held senior-level marketing roles at Sol Cuisine and Manitoba Harvest.

Tara Kozlowich

Vice President of Marketing

Dan Kraft

Vice President of Operations

Dan oversees the plant operations, supply chain, and grain procurement teams at Merit. He has over 18 years of experience in the food and grain business, having worked with companies such as Cargill and Maple Leaf Foods, where he specialized in Operations and Supply Chain Management.

Dan Kraft

Vice President of Operations

Alexandra Fontaine

Director of Food Safety & Quality

Alexandra has over 10 years of Food Safety & Quality Assurance leadership. Her expertise is in Canada and US regulatory and GFSI compliance.

Alexandra Fontaine

Director of Food Safety & Quality

Jeff Casper

Director of Research & Applications

Jeff has 20 years of experience in product and ingredient development and commercialization. His experience has spanned from grain-based food and beverage to sweeteners, fats and oils, and dairy.

Jeff Casper

Research & Applications

Lisa Baldwin, CPHR

Director of People, Culture and Safety

Lisa has over 10 years of strategic Human Resources leadership. She’s a business partner to senior leadership in matters of employee relations, talent management, and development, culture, and talent acquisition.

Lisa Baldwin, CPHR

Director of People, Culture and Safety

Dave Bosshart

Plant Manager

Dave has 19 years in plant management in a manufacturing environment.  His expertise is in food production plants, feed mill startups, plant management and capital expansion, rendering facility plant management, maintenance management, and capital expansions.

Dave Bosshart

Plant Manager

Chris McLeod

Director of Finance

Chris has 30 years of experience in the agriculture industry, the last 5 in feed manufacturing with Trouw Nutrition Canada and prior to that 10 years in food manufacturing with Richardson Oilseed.  During his career he has had senior-level roles in Finance, IT and Operations.

Chris McLeod

Director of Finance

Proud Members of

Plant-Based Foods
of Canada
Plant Based Foods Association
Protein Industries
Canada

Let’s grow together.

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