First Large-Scale CLARISOY™ Production Facility Fully Commissioned

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Nov. 08, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Burcon NutraScience Corporation (TSX:BU) (NASDAQ:BUR) ("Burcon") announced today that Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE:ADM), Burcon's license and production partner for CLARISOY™ soy protein, notified Burcon that ADM has successfully commissioned the first large-scale CLARISOY™ production facility.

The CLARISOY™ soy protein technology was developed by Burcon and licensed, exclusively, to ADM to manufacture, market and sell CLARISOY™ soy proteins.

Unique to any other proteins on the market, ADM's CLARISOY™ line of soy proteins are the only vegetable-based proteins that offer exceptionally high solubility, clean flavor and complete protein nutrition for low pH and neutral pH beverage systems. This product line is well-positioned to help beverage manufacturers meet the ever-growing demand of health and wellness-minded consumers for great-tasting, nutritionally enhanced beverages with natural ingredients and clean labels.

CLARISOY™ can be used to increase nutritional content in a variety of applications, from coffee creamers, smoothies and powdered beverage mixes, to yogurts and frozen desserts. For example, CLARISOY™150 serves as an ideal replacement for sodium caseinate, a protein found in milk, in coffee creamers and whiteners, creating substantial cost savings as well as providing vegan alternatives for product developers.  CLARISOY™ 170 and 180 are specifically designed for neutral pH products, such as meal replacement beverages, yogurts and ice creams, and can increase the protein percentage to levels that were previously unachievable using soy protein while at the same time reducing costs and allowing for vegan and lactose-free labels.   

"Today's announcement marks the culmination of years of effort," said Johann Tergesen, Burcon's president and chief operating officer, adding, "developing and launching such an innovative and timely line of plant-based proteins, as ADM is doing with CLARISOY™, has required commitment and dedication from both of our teams.  Burcon could not have chosen a better partner than ADM to enhance the value of our CLARISOY™ soy protein technology and bring CLARISOY™ to wellness-minded consumers around the globe."

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