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Plant Proteins Provide Innovation Opportunities
Consumer interest in readyto-cook
plant-based meat
alternatives is pushing brands
to go beyond traditional freezer
offerings into convenient,
refrigerated products. These
products now face shelf life
constraints previously managed
by freezing temperatures and
cardboard packaging.
" Many consumers want
to reduce meat intake while
maintaining protein consumption,
so they are substituting with
plant-based meat alternatives
that offer a taste and texture
similar to meat, " says Courtney
Schwartz, Director, Kemin Food
Technologies, Des Moines,
Iowa. " While shoppers are
looking for these better-for-you
products to promote health and
wellbeing, they are also mindful
of choosing products that are
convenient and easy to prepare.
As manufacturers move from
solely frozen plant-based meat
alternatives to new refrigerated
options, protecting product
integrity is critical to ensuring
taste and that the meat-like
texture remains intact. "
This shift towards fresh over
frozen leaves brands facing
product quality challenges,
namely lipid oxidation, which
is accelerated by exposure
to retail lights, as well as
temperature fluctuations.
In general, the more
polyunsaturated fatty acids
(unstable double bonds) on
a fat molecule, the faster it
will go rancid. While coconut
oil, a highly saturated fat, has
been a dominant fat in plantbased
meats, this is changing
to more polyunsaturated fats
as formulators try to make
products more heart healthy.
" Fat systems are a key
component of great-tasting,
plant-based meat alternatives,
yet the oxidation of fat and oil
components in these products
is a common challenge for
brands, " says Ms. Schwartz.
" It can be very difficult to
deliver the texture and flavor
consumers desire if your
product isn't properly protected
from oxidation at the onset of
production. "
That's because once a fat
is oxidized through a process
known as auto-oxidation, there
is no turning back. Even if
an antioxidant is added, any
About Kemin
Kemin Industries is a global ingredient manufacturer
that strives to sustainably transform the quality of life
every day for 80% of the world with its products and
services. The company supplies over 500 specialty
ingredients for human and animal health and nutrition,
pet food, aquaculture, nutraceutical, food technologies,
crop technologies and textile industries. For over half
a century, Kemin has been dedicated to using applied
science to address industry challenges and offer product
solutions to customers in more than 120 countries. Kemin
objectionable colors, flavors or
odors that have developed will
Kemin offers a range of
clean label, shelf life solutions
to help plant-based protein
manufacturers maintain product
freshness. These ingredients
reduce the rate of oxidation.
They may be added directly to
the oil phase and/or applied as
a topical spray oil.
There's also plant-based
InnoBLQ™ for battered,
breaded and fried plant-based
protein applications, which
helps reduce the amount of oil
absorbed when the product
is fried. The result is potential
yield increase, reduction in fat
in the final product, increased
moisture, improved breading
adhesion and less greasy
mouthfeel with more crispy
provides ingredients to feed a growing population with its
commitment to the quality, safety and efficacy of food,
feed and health-related products. Established in 1961,
Kemin is a privately held, family-owned-and-operated
company with more than 2,800 global employees and
operations in 90 countries, including manufacturing
facilities in Belgium, Brazil, China, India, Italy, Russia, San
Marino, Singapore, South Africa and the United States.
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