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E M E RGI NG trends

Is fungi-based protein
the future of fake meat?
The future of meat substitutes may not involve
plants. While food manufacturers race to
bring new soy, wheat and pea-based products to market, a handful of start-ups have
been developing a new kind of meat alternative from fungi.
Two companies in the emerging space
are preparing to launch their first products
this year. Emergy Foods, Boulder, Colo., is
working with product developers to perfect
its steak alternative, which will debut in restaurants in Colorado under the newly unveiled
Meati brand.
Berkeley Calif.-based Prime Roots, formerly
Terramino Foods, also plans to launch its first
products in 2020. The company uses koji, a
Japanese fungus traditionally used to make
soy sauce and sake, to create several kinds
of seafood, including salmon burgers, shrimp,
lobster and tuna as well as chicken, sausage
and beef.
Fungi have several advantages over conventional plant-based proteins, the start-ups

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said. The fibrous texture enables a wider
variety of types and cuts of meat. The flavor
is neutral, eliminating the need for masking
agents. It requires only a small amount of
land, energy and water to produce, and it
packs a nutritional punch.

How it's made
Fungi-based meats are created mostly in
the laboratory in a process that almost completely bypasses agriculture. The key component is mycelium, the vegetative part of a
fungus consisting of branching, thread-like
fibers.
Both companies cultivate their own mycelium in large tanks, adding sugar and other
nutrients to help it grow. Once harvested, it is
cut and flavored to resemble meat.
The process takes less time and uses less
resources than conventional plant-based
meat, said Tyler Huggins, co-founder and
chief executive officer at Emergy Foods.
"It's all about how much protein you can



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Contents
PRESIDENT’S letter - Beyond the Bench
EMERGING trends - Is fungi-based protein the future of fake meat?
EMERGING trends - New products at the Winter Fancy Food Show
FLAVOR trends - The key trends driving flavor innovation in 2020
MENU trends - Plant based gets real
MEMBER profile - Applying the Midas touch
MARKETING trends - Vegan claims on the upswing
INDUSTRYNEWS - Driving the Future of RCA
INDUSTRYNEWS - Stretching toward leadership and creating your own path
INDUSTRYNEWS - Fuel your inspiration at the RCA Conference
INDUSTRYNEWS - Finding culinary roots
PETITS fours - Emerging trends and innovations at Natural Products Expo East
PETITS fours - New name, new focus for Grocery Manufacturers Association
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Culinology - March 2020 - EMERGING trends - Is fungi-based protein the future of fake meat?
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Culinology - March 2020 - INDUSTRYNEWS - Driving the Future of RCA
Culinology - March 2020 - INDUSTRYNEWS - Stretching toward leadership and creating your own path
Culinology - March 2020 - INDUSTRYNEWS - Fuel your inspiration at the RCA Conference
Culinology - March 2020 - INDUSTRYNEWS - Finding culinary roots
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Culinology - March 2020 - PETITS fours - Emerging trends and innovations at Natural Products Expo East
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Culinology - March 2020 - PETITS fours - New name, new focus for Grocery Manufacturers Association
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