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With consumerism comes great responsibility. More and more are switching their diet towards vegan and vegetarian alternatives, varying from dairy to meat. As more plant-based meat technologies are being invented, the production is rising in popularity. Ever wondered which challenges come with that?

Which plant-based meat equipment do you need?

Complete cutting, mixing, emulsifying and heating system

From laboratory scale to large volume food or cosmetic productio...

Ultrafine pin mill

Particularly designed for humid, oily, and greasy products.

Basket extruder

Low pressure extrusion for the production of slightly dispersed dust-free granulates. For shingled, highly por...

Continuous high impact mixer

A high-impact mixer can help you to produce a homogeneous mixture when you are mixing powders a...

Continuous extruder for mixing solids and liquids

An extrusion machine pushes or pulls material through a shaped die to f...

Air dehumidifiers

When your product or process is sensitive to humidity, using air dehumidifiers may result in substantial sa...
inspection equipment for food

X-ray inspection system for processed meat products

When dealing with the poultry industry, the Dual X-ray inspection sys...

Extruder with annular gap expander

Products can be extruded with various shapes and characteristics by controlling the nozz...

Tray former for various tray formats including trays with corner constructions

If you are looking to increase your sup...

Industrial thermoformer for food production

The primary purpose and aim of food packaging are to protect all food products...

Tray sealer for food production

Companies in food industry know how essential packaging is in keeping food fresh and ensurin...

Skin packaging machine

Skin packaging is when a product is placed on a tray or a paperboard with a thin layer of plastic plac...

Form fill seal thermoforming machine

As the name suggests, a Form Fill Seal machine is one that forms, fills, and seals a p...

Organic soybean feed extruder

Soybeans are an essential ingredient in the creation of protein-rich animal feed. To achieve h...

Trays sealing inspection machine

For the preservation of food products, the packaging step in a production line is a critica...

Hygienic and fully-welded spiral freezer for food

Food freezers are often the last step in the food production chain. The...

High capacity freezer for food

Freezing is one of the most important industrial methods for the long-term preservation of fo...

Vacuum and pressure cooker for fruits and vegetables

When producing fruit-based products such as marmalades or ice cream ...
Leak testing machine

Leak tester for pouches and MAP packaging

Nuts are packed with unsaturated fatty acids, which means they are prone to oxid...

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The secret lies in the mixing!

The main ingredients in plant-based meat production process are protein-rich plants like soybeans which are then cooked and processed into meat shape. While the general production of plant-based meat alternatives (PBMA) involves many processing stages, the (pre-)mixing stage is amongst the most challenging step. The base mix of PBMA often contains over 30 different ingredients with different physical properties in terms of density, size, moisture, etc.

This makes mixing quite challenging as continuous production processes can be disturbed by frequent recipe changes. As a solution, makers can use special plant-based meat technologies such as continuous mixing systems which focus on batch production and intend to reduce any disturbances in the mixing process.

Newest plant-based meat technologies

The ‘Extrudable Fat Technology’ is a plant based food technology that focuses on mimicking animal fat which enables a more authentic fat texture, also known as marbling. For this, fat is run through an extruder and then combined with protein. Despite the production pressures and temperature, this allows both components to be physically linked together instead of the fat turning liquid, as it would have normally.

Another effective way of making plant-based meat is by producing TVP (Textured Vegetable Protein). TVP per se was commonly produced with Low Moisture Extrusion Cooking (LMEC) processes and has been used as a meat substitute since the 1960’s, so technically it is not new. New techniques are now using High Moisture Extrusion Cooking (HMEC) and offer a better fibrous consistency and texture, more effectively replicating the structure, texture and overall feeling of meat.

It all depends on the consumer

While it is known that plant based protein alternatives are a lot friendlier for the environment and reducing our footprint, a common point for discussion or rejection from consumers is the taste, texture and appearance of many vegan meat substitutes. These three criteria make the biggest challenge for producers. With advanced plant-based food products, there is a hopeful outlook on continuous positive developments. Especially with the rise of popular alternatives such as “impossible foods” & “beyond Meat”. Consumers used to believe that protein could only come from real meat. However, there are now an incredible amount of alternative protein choices on the market. Some of which even contain higher protein content than actual meat. You can now get all the protein you need in the form of meat substitutes such as meatless steaks, nuggets, burgers, sausages and more.

Processing steps involved in plant-based-meat making

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