ADM expands its protein portfolio with the launch of textured wheat and pea ingredients

USA – The Archer-Daniels-Midland Company (ADM), a food processing and commodities trading corporation, has expanded its protein portfolio with textured wheat and pea ingredients that will improve the texture and density of meat alternatives.

The Arcon T texture pea protein comes in two forms: one which is a blend of pea protein and chickpeas; and another which blends pea protein with navy beans. These join ADM’s portfolio alongside ProFam pea protein powder which launched in 2019.

The highly functional protein solutions are said to be useful for achieving consumer-preferred meat-like texture in meat alternatives.

“The key to winning over consumers with plant proteins is fine-tuning the product for optimal sensory appeal. It is essential to get aspects like taste and texture just right,” said Jacquelyn Schuh, product marketing director for alternative proteins.

“The key to winning over consumers with plant proteins is fine-tuning the product for optimal sensory appeal. It is essential to get aspects like taste and texture just right,”

Jacquelyn Schuh – Product marketing director, ADM

“ADM is the only company offering a full portfolio of textured soy, wheat and pea proteins which unlocks a virtually limitless range of possibilities for creating exciting new products in the plant protein space.”

According to ADM’s OutsideVoice Protein Segmentation Study, the top factor motivating consumers in the plant-based category is health and nutrition, while unsatisfactory taste and texture are the top frustrations with the category.

ADM claims the pea proteins deliver improved hydration properties with minimised off notes and a light colour since it is suited for allergen-free products.

Meanwhile, Prolite MeatTEX textured wheat protein and its non-texture counterpart, Prolite MeatXT wheat protein, are said to enhance the texture and taste in meat and seafood alternative products.

According to ADM, the pair have a clean taste and a blank-slate colour base, as well as offer water absorption and hydration speeds that enhance processing efficiency and reliability.

Earlier this year, ADM formed a joint venture with Brazilian meat company Marfrig – called PlantPlus Foods – in which it will supply the primary raw materials needed for plant-based food products that will be distributed across North American and South American markets.

ADM is a global leader in human and animal nutrition and the world’s premier agricultural origination and processing company. Their breadth, depth, insights, facilities and logistical expertise give them unparalleled capabilities to meet needs for food, beverages, health and wellness, and more.

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