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Katech On How to Develop Meat Alternatives That Excite Consumers

Today’s consumers are very critical and have clear expectations of the products they eat. This is especially true for meat alternatives. Gone are the years when products were on the market that were not only far removed from the meat-based original, but also presented a clear challenge to the consumer in terms of the eating experience. Nowadays, this is clearly no longer the case. Today, plant-based meat alternatives have to be pretty close to the original and taste good to consumers in order to survive in this highly competitive market. Thus, food companies that want to tap into this market and plan to develop new meat alternatives face some challenges. Is there even room for new meat alternatives on the market? As the vegan trend …


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South Australia Receives $113M to Become “Plant-based Protein Manufacturing and Export Powerhouse”   

South Australia to become home to the largest pulse protein ingredient manufacturing capability in the continent, project expects to generate up to $4 billion in plant-based exports by 2032. The Australian Government has announced a $113 million funding package for a project led by Australian Plant Proteins (APP) to make South Australia a new hub of plant protein production, with the Minister for Finance stating this development puts South Australia “ahead of the pack in the manufacturing of products for the high-growth domestic and booming global plant-based foods market”. The project sees a partnership between one of Australia’s largest meat producers, Thomas Foods International, the APP, and the Australian Milling Group to invest $378 million into three new plant protein manufacturing facilities.  With the aim …


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Geltor Completes First Large Production Run of PrimaColl Animal-Free Collagen

Biodesign company Geltor announces the successful completion of the company’s first major commercial run for PrimaColl, a groundbreaking vegan collagen. In partnership with Arxada, Geltor says the 5-month operation concluded in Fall 2021, demonstrating the company’s ability to scale biodesigned proteins with exceptional speed and precision. PrimaColl offers a high-protein bioactive collagen that matches animal collagen in amino acid composition, functionality and performance, the company says. Made by fermenting microbes using plant-based inputs, the product is reportedly the first true vegan collagen created for food and beverage. Currently, virtually all collagen products are derived from animals, while plant-based “collagen builders” don’t actually contain the structural protein. PrimaColl is a high-purity product that makes collagen accessible to consumers who avoid animal-based supplements for various reasons, Geltor says.  …


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Eighth Day Foods Raises $1 Million for Lupin-Based Protein

Australian alt-protein company Eighth Day Foods has raised $1 million in seed funding for its lupin-based protein LUPREME®. The raise was completed in just two days. LUPREME is made from unprocessed sweet lupins, which are a rich source of protein, fibre, and other nutrients. Highly versatile, the protein can be used to make a variety of meat alternatives and is significantly cheaper to produce than meat.  Lupins are also extremely sustainable, helping to regenerate the soil as they grow. Currently, 95% of lupins grown are not used for human food, but some of these could be redirected to meet demand. Recognition and awards Eighth Day’s lupin-based protein has already received the seal of approval from Scott Findlay, a plant-based chef who has worked for numerous …


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Plant Based Meat Alternatives – Fiber Up Your World

As the world’s largest manufacturer of plant fiber concentrates, JRS has been known for its innovative, health-oriented approach to fiber with the highest consumer acceptance all over the world for over 30 years now. The extensive product range of the company’s VITACEL® cereal, vegetable and fruit fibers with their respective specific, sensory and haptic properties can be perfectly integrated into modern and delicious food recipes for fiber enrichment, applicable for different product ranges such as plant based meat alternatives. The many gold medals received from DLG testers is a testiment to the products’ high quality and sensory properties. As global surveys show, animal welfare is the top motivator for people to switch to less meat or to a vegetarian and vegan lifestyle – this is directly followed by environmental …


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KaTech Invests in Pilot Plant, Commits to Plant-Based Future

German ingredient specialist KaTech Ingredient Solutions announces that it has opened its centre of excellence for meat and fish alternatives. Due to growing demand from food manufacturers for new product developments, KaTech is investing in the development of an advanced plant-based portfolio. Acquired by Ingredion to re-shape food industry In spring 2021, KaTech was acquired by global ingredients manufacturer Ingredion as part of the company’s next step in capitalizing on the plant-based trend that is continuously re-shaping the food industry. With a special focus on pea protein, Ingredion became the first US manufacturer to produce pea protein isolate, boosting protein content of a range of products. Founded in 2010, KaTech has been successfully developing plant-based substitutes for the food industry. In line with Ingredion’s philosophy, …


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KMC Develops “World’s First” Texturised Potato Protein

Dutch ingredients company KMC has created texturised potato protein to be used as an ingredient in meat alternatives. The company claims the protein is the first of its kind in the world. Originally, KMC developed potato protein in powder form, but found that its functional properties did not offer a significant advantage over existing products. The company then found a way to transform the powder into a textured ingredient which has high nutritional value, a meat-like structure, and a frying crust. The development of the texturised potato protein was part of KMC’s innovation program, which aims to create plant-based ingredients that can replace animal-derived ones. The company expects to produce the protein on a large scale, with 300 tons planned for 2022 and this amount …


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Why Creatine Monohydrate Should not be Missing in Any Meat Substitutes

What exactly is creatine? What are the benefits of fortifying meat substitutes with creatine? Many questions to which there are simple answers. Creatine is a natural substance in the human body that plays a central role in energy metabolism within each cell of the human body. The human body naturally produces about half of the daily creatine requirement. The remaining amount is supplied through food. Only foods of animal origin contain creatine (fish and meat, dairy products in traces). Plant-based foods do not contain any creatine. In plant-based diets, creatine does not naturally occur. So, it is important to get creatine from dietary supplements or creatine-enriched products. An adequate creatine supply contributes to the optimization or maintenance of physical and mental performance. Fortifying meat substitutes …


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Zero Acre Farms: “Brewing Up a New Category Of Healthy Oils and Fats, Made by Fermentation, Not Deforestation”

Once in a while a piece of news comes along that really piques the interest; rarely do we see new categories open up despite the level of innovation in our industry. California’s  Zero Acre Farms is here to “give the world an oil change” and this month raised $37 million investors including Robert Downey Jr.’s FootPrint Coalition Ventures and Richard Branson’s Virgin Group to do just that. “We have a clear mission: to remove destructive vegetable oils from the food system” We caught up with Jeff Nobbs, co-founder and CEO of Zero Acre Farms, to find out why and how, and what this could mean for the future of food. Can you share the Zero Acre Farms mission and vision? We have a clear mission: …


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Givaudan and Fiberstar Strengthen Global Footprint of “Citri-Fi” Citrus Fibre

Citrus fibre ingredient Citri-Fi® enters new markets to strengthen its global footprint following a new agreement between Givaudan and Fiberstar Givaudan and US-based company Fiberstar have announced a new partnership that will allow Givaudan to commercialise and use Fiberstar’s plant-based texturising ingredient Citri-Fi, created from a by-product of the juicing industry. Aside from developing plant-based taste and flavour solutions, Givaudan actively supports startups that are innovating in plant-based proteins. Recently the multinational manufacturer joined forces with Bühler and retail chain Migros to establish The Cultured Food Innovation Hub which is set to accelerate market penetration of cellular agriculture products. Introduced in 2019, Citri-Fi,® is a natural, citrus-based alternative to synthetically produced methylcellulose. Sustainably produced from a by-product of the juicing process, Citri-Fi® can be used …



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Study Proves “Exceptional” Nutritional Qualities of Pea Protein

French plant-based ingredients specialist Roquette reports it has proven the “exceptional” properties of pea protein through the results of a recent DIAAS (Digestible Indispensable Amino Acid Score) study on its pea protein. The assessment of nutritional quality of proteins combines factors of digestibility and the composition of amino acids. According to the new study, pea protein concluded with a DIAAS score of 100, as it offers a balanced amino acid profile and an excellent digestibility that fully responds to consumers’ nutritional needs. The plant protein specialist claims that it is the first key player in the pea protein market to use this method, recommended by the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) of the United Nations. Pea as a “key enabler” In an interview with vegconomist, …


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PureField Ingredients Expands Wheat Protein Production by 50% Despite Shortage in The US

PureField Ingredients, the largest domestic supplier of wheat protein in the United States, just announced that it has completed the expansion of a US facility to meet the growing demand for wheat protein. The expansion of its facility in Kansas commenced in 2020 and increased PureField’s annual production by 50% of its Heartland brand protein, positioning the company to help meet increasing demand from the rapidly expanding wheat protein market. This expansion enhances PureField’s ability to serve customers with its reliable, American-made wheat protein. Wheat protein shortage in the US While the global demand for wheat protein is increasing, the US is experiencing a wheat protein shortage due to a twofold plague in 2021, a low-protein winter wheat crop and limited spring wheat production. As …


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Benson Hill Reveals TruVail – “Better Ingredients Start With Better Beans”

Benson Hill today announces the launch of TruVail™, a new line of non-GMO plant-based protein ingredients sourced from Benson Hill’s proprietary Ultra-High Protein (UHP) soybeans, reducing the need for additional processing steps typically required to concentrate protein levels. The resulting less processed, ingredient requires up to 70% less water and up to 50% less CO2e to produce. Says Bruce Bennett, President of Benson Hill’s Ingredients Business: “Better ingredients start with better beans. Whereas food manufacturers are usually relegated to use whatever limited ingredients the commodity system has to offer, TruVail™ ingredients are sourced from soybeans specifically designed with consumer interests in mind.” vegconomist took the opportunity to find out more about the company, the recent acquisition of Creston and its plans for the rest of …


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Lantmännen Foods Introduces PrOatein, World’s First Oat Protein Concentrate

Oats are riding an unprecedented wave of popularity in recent times thanks to the mass appeal of oat milk. Now, oat-based meat may become the next major trend with the launch of PrOatein, the first concentrated oat protein on the market.  Developed by Lantmännen Functional Foods, PrOatein is made from non-GMO Swedish oats and can be used to create a wide variety of nutritious plant-based meat, dairy and egg products. As an ingredient, PrOatein is clean-label, made up of 55% oat protein concentrate and rich in essential amino acids. The product is vegan-friendly and carries a light, familiar “oaty” taste that doesn’t require disguising with additional ingredients, the company states. For plant-based foods that may require more texture and functionality, such as burgers, the oat …


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Mikuna Introduces Chocho, First Lupin-Based Protein Powder to US

Mikuna, a plant-based nutrition company, has launched Chocho – a lupin-derived protein powder that is already outselling pea and soy protein in regional retail stores. Mikuna is the first supplier of Chocho lupin protein in the US, introducing the many benefits of this little-known superfood to a wide American audience for the first time.  Grown in the Andean mountains at elevations of 11,000 to 14,000 feet, Chocho – the local Andean name for the plant – boasts a long list of nutritional attributes. Composed of 54% protein, Chocho offers more protein per serving than virtually any other plant source, outcompeting both soy (36%) and pea (34%) while offering all nine essential amino acids. The product is also high in fiber and provides omegas, iron, calcium …