By using 100% of plants, PLANETARIANS are making meals wholesome, feeding a growing population and all around planet friendly.

How our sunflower chips are made

By making chips from up-cycled sunflower oilcake, PLANETARIANS shows that repurposing oilcake (dry matter left after oil extraction from seeds) from animal feed into human food can feed 1.5 billion extra people without growing additional crops.


Sunflower chips: Ingredients

The discarded parts of plants may contain as much protein as beef or chicken breast. Oil-crop meal is the by-product of the oil extraction process; while the financial value of the seed lies in the extracted oil, the meal is considered an unwanted by-product. Meal from oil-crops is usually used as a livestock feed for ruminants, like cows.

Source:  Oil Crop Meals in Beef Cattle Diets , National, Sunflower Association,  USDA Nutritional Database  Source:  USDA Nutrient Database , PLANETARIANS

Source: Oil Crop Meals in Beef Cattle Diets, National, Sunflower Association, USDA Nutritional Database Source: USDA Nutrient Database, PLANETARIANS


Sunflower chips: Processing

PLANETARIANS chips are the first food product made using sunflower meal as the primary ingredient. Sunflower meal contains 35% high-quality plant protein with all essential amino acids. Sunflower has never been genetically modified (it's ALWAYS non-GMO) and is gluten-free. 

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By using more nutritious ingredients, you get more nutritious products. PLANETARIANS snacks have 3x more protein, 2x more fiber and 3x less fat per serving than typical potato chips.

Source:  USDA Nutrient Database , PLANETARIANS

Source: USDA Nutrient Database, PLANETARIANS


PLANETARIANS technology: Cooking and sterilizing in one step

Because we work with disregarded ingredients, PLANETARIANS takes great care to ensure the quality and safety of our products. 

PLANETARIANS' technology uses thermo-mechanical energy to cook sunflower meal using a rapid, high-temperature and high-pressure process. It combines the best features from Ultra-high temperature (UHT) and High pressure processing (HPP) in one step.

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By the time the screw reaches the die at the end of the barrel, the product mixture is very hot (well over 100°C) and under tremendous pressure. When the product is extruded through the die at the end of the barrel, this pressure is released, and the heated water boils off very rapidly –  puffing and drying the product at the same time.

After extrusion, all we do is add a splash of healthy oil, apply seasoning, and package the chips into individual bags.

Interested in using our sunflower meal to make a product?

Challenge yourself today to double a product's protein and fiber content, using SunMeal.

You can choose any product application from our roadmap to make a product prototype with improved protein and fiber content.

Apply today, and get 1 lb of SunMeal for tests, and 1 lb for final submission.

When you’re ready, make a video about your recipe, get a review from at least three people, and submit your recipe to the PLANETARIANS team before June 25, 2018.

The best recipes will be cooked at the PLANETARIANS lab, and rated by judges. The winner will get a chance to be featured in media we work with (ABC, Today’s Dietitian, MindBodyGreen, etc.)