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 alternatives to free-from supplements, to functional snacks, beverages, foods, and beyond – our researchers and developers at Merit see countless application possibilities and treat each one as an opportunity to serve our partners and their customers better.

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

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 has 18 years of experience in the food and grain business where he has had senior-level roles in both Operations and Supply Chain functions.

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

Research & Development

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 & Development

Lisa Baldwin, CPHR

Director of Human Resources

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 Human Resources

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

Sustainability

Environmentally friendly plant protein.

Clean products for a cleaner planet

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

We strive to create quality proteins, carefully produced and extracted from Canadian-sourced peas and canola, that can feed the world and improve the life of our planet and our planet’s people. Contact us to learn more!

Let’s grow together.

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