USA – International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (IFF) is making a strategic investment in high-moisture extrusion (HME) technology from Coperion, a global leader in extrusion technology.

The investment is poised to enhance IFF’s capabilities in supporting the development of innovative plant-based meat analogues for its customers.

Alexander Lamm, Principal Food Designer at Nourish, IFF, highlighted that this investment will offer a range of benefits to customers, facilitating the creation of novel meat alternatives from ideation to commercialization.

It is expected to accelerate the product development process and contribute to the success of new plant-based products.

IFF has been at the forefront of providing options for meat alternative pioneers, and the investment in HME technology is a significant step toward expanding possibilities.

HME technology enables manufacturers to replicate the appearance and fibrous texture of conventional whole-muscle meat in plant-based alternatives.

The trajectory for alternative proteins, especially plant-based proteins, is on a robust growth path. HME technology enhances the eating experience of plant-based meat and seafood products by offering increased juiciness and a muscle-like texture compared to other methods.

Manufacturers can leverage HME to create unique sensory attributes by optimizing the interactions between processes, ingredients, flavours, and proteins.

Meanwhile, IFF has installed three HME systems in its innovation hubs across Europe, the US, and Singapore, demonstrating its commitment to integrating this technology into its product design approach.

HME technology is a pivotal element in the plant-based meat market, accounting for approximately 20% of plant-based meat products globally, according to research by the Good Food Institute.

IFF’s collaboration with Coperion aims to pioneer new and innovative meat alternative products that meet consumer expectations and acceptance.

Consumer demand for plant-based products that emulate the experience of eating meat is substantial, and HME is recognized as a key enabler in meeting this demand.

John Sheehy, Global Key Account Manager of alternative Proteins at Coperion, expressed excitement about collaborating with IFF and contributing expertise to help develop the next generation of fibrous plant-based proteins.

As concerns about healthy and sustainable food production for a growing global population continue to rise, the collaboration between IFF and Coperion showcases a commitment to advancing technologies that address these challenges in the plant-based food industry.

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