A scientific approach for developing plant-based whole-cut meat

To develop plant-based whole-cut meat that mimics animal meat, it is essential to understand the organoleptic effects of the structural and chemical properties of meat. Redefine Meat evaluates and quantifies the impact of each parameter on the sensory experience, using the data to develop plant-based materials and components for whole-cut meat. In this talk, the following topics will be discussed: Redefine Meat’s journey toward the perfect animal-free steak, the technology behind the innovation, the discoveries and innovations along the way, and the challenges that still lie ahead.

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Partial substitution of pork meat by (extruded) pea protein products to obtain high-quality cooked sausages

Meat (products) are a good source of high-quality proteins, vitamins and minerals. However, the meat processing chain has a considerable impact on the environment through the use of land and increased GHG emissions. To prevent global malnutrition without further compromising the environment, partial substitution of meat by plant-based proteins need to be investigated.

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Plant-based meat analogues: The taste challenges and prospects

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Despite the fast progress of delivering specific meaty cooking cues in today’s modern plant-based meat analogues, authentic beefy, chicken or pork sensorial experiences are still missing. This is due to different challenges facing both the flavor and the food industry alike; first (i) the overwhelmingly intrinsic off flavor profile coming from textured plant proteins used, then (ii) the flavor-scavenging feature of the plant proteins and meat analogues other ingredients they suck up the flavors like a sponge sucks up water, which leads to unbalanced flavor performance and weaker and inconsistent flavor stability and finally (iii) the lack of authentic vegan and natural meaty flavors that would create the genuine characterizing meat sensory experience.

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The shift towards alternative protein, an investor’s perspective

Big Idea Ventures

Investors are constantly looking out for innovation within the alternative protein industry, including plant-based and cell-based technology. Big Idea Ventures (BIV) supports the world’s best entrepreneurs, scientists, and engineers. We have invested more than 40 companies in the alternative protein sector and will be highlighting several technologies that are established by our portfolio companies.

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Protein transitions: fermentation, cultivated meat and structured meat

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This article is written by Fernanda Condi de Godoi, Chemical Engineer, PhD.

The 2020 World Population Data Sheet projects that the world population will increase from 7.8 billion in 2020 to 9.9 billion by 20501. Not only the global population growth but the rising understanding of the inefficiency in protein conversion through livestock meat production2 drives the transition from animal to plant-based protein sources.

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