New ingredients for plant-based meat analogues

Atze Jan van der Goot: Most plant-based meat analogues that are currently on the market are based on proteins from soy, pea and wheat. However, a clear need exists to broaden the range of crops that can be used as protein source for next generation meat analogues. In this presentation, it will be explained why soy, pea and wheat are so successful in meat analogue applications and what challenges new crops face to become equally successful.

Main hurdle is the development of fractionation processes to make the right ingredients from those crops. A rethinking of our full supply chain from raw material to final product is a promising a route to make more crops suitable to be used in meat analogue applications.

Atze Jan van der Goot obtained his MSc and PhD Chemical Engineer at Groningen University. After completion of his PhD 1996, he joined Unilever Research as research scientist for three years. Then, he moved to Wageningen University to take up a position as associate professor in the the Laboratory of Food Process Engineeringn 1999. In 2015, he became Professor Sustainable Protein Technology.

Currently, he leads a research team that focusses on the development of novel processing concepts for healthy and sustainable foods .He (co-) authored more than 160 peer reviewed papers and holds 6 patents.

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