People behind BlackGrain from yellow fields™

Leticia Valenzuela

Product Development Manager

We at Avena want to make products based on sustainable choices and preserve our natural resources, without compromising the nutritional value. I work as a Product Development Manager and I have the opportunity to test our great ingredients in different food applications.  My work focuses on product functionalities and a lot of details and challenges that come along with working on something completely new. I am inspired by the innovation of BlackGrain from yellow fields.

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Kaisu Riihinen

R&D Manager

Flexibility and networks are our strengths at Avena. The story of BlackGrain began when we came up with a bold idea to create a new value-added food ingredient from rapeseed. I wanted show that it can be done – no matter what the doubters said or how impossible the novel food requirements seemed. Challenges inspire me. I find rapeseed both excellent and demanding raw material to develop new type of food ingredients.

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