ADM has expanded its protein portfolio with textured wheat and pea ingredients that it claims improve the texture and density of meat alternatives.
The “highly-functional” protein solutions are said to be useful for achieving consumer-preferred meat-like texture in meat alternatives.
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.
Suited for allergen-free products, ADM claims the pea proteins deliver improved hydration properties with minimised off notes and a light colour.
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.
“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.
She added: “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.
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.
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