Formulating Plant-Based Proteins

More consumers are embracing vegetarian, vegan or flexitarian diets today than ever before for various reasons. As a result, there is an increased demand for plant-based protein to provide balance in meatless and reduced-meat diets.

To appeal to several of these consumer groups, plant protein manufacturers are making their products mimick meat in color and flavor. One plant-based protein manufacturer was looking for reliable color stability, extended shelf life, and improved browning ability using only natural ingredients. The manufacturer reached out to Kalsec for help with this. The following case study explains their journey to make a cleaner label plant-based protein mimick meat in flavor and color.

Natural Colors

plant based proteinIn plant-based meat analogs, manufacturers are attempting to achieve the appearance of real meat to make the product more appetizing. This includes the way the product looks on the shelf, as well as the way it looks after cooking.

Kalsec® application scientists analyzed the customer’s needs and developed a customized natural, clean label beet powder. While cooking, the product now maintains a rich red color on the inside and browns on the outside, offering broad appeal to the consumer. Kalsec scientists create blends of colors using beet and annatto to modify hues to look more appealing, and do this based on customer needs and applications.

Innovating Plant-Based Foods

Upon testing the finished products, the customer found the Kalsec custom beet powder delivered the same quality of color as the artificial ingredient they were using previously. Thanks to Kalsec, the customer was able to achieve authentic color and shelf stability in their plant-based protein application.

Demand increased and plant-based proteins continue to trend. Kalsec was able to continue to fulfill the customer’s high supply demands, which competitors had trouble doing consistently.

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