Vegan chips start out as oil cakes, but turn into high protein, high fiber snacks

Planetarians CEO and founder Aleh (ali) Manchuliantsau (man-chuli-ant-sue) used high pressure steam to unlock the goodness in so-called oil cakes that usually wind up as animal feed. (Planetarians)

A food scientist and inventor has taken what was thought to be inedible and unusable waste from processing sunflower seeds and turned it into high protein, high fiber, vegan chips.

Planetarians CEO and founder Aleh Manchuliantsau used high pressure steam to unlock the goodness in so-called oil cakes that usually wind up as animal feed.

“For us, chips, this is just the proof of the concept that we can re-purpose the oil cakes and feed the growing population without growing extra crops,” he said.

The chips, which now come in three flavors: barbecue, cinnamon and sriracha, sold out in days on Amazon.

Manchuliantsau expects to ramp up production and add more flavors in the coming months.

“Normally, we manufacture, use, waste,” he said. “So, in the circle economy we manufacture, use and re-use. When you make a sustainable business, it's double fun. Because now you can explain to your kids -- I have three boys -- what I'm doing.”

Manchuliantsau will be in Portland next week talking with grocery stores and vegan stores about getting his chips on the shelves here.

He also plans to market the process to create other vegan, sustainable products.

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