Novozymes has developed a new bio-based solution, Vertera ProBite, aiming to enhance texture in plant-based meat alternatives.
The company, a global provider of enzyme and microbial solutions, believes its latest innovation will be ‘game-changing’ for the plant-based meat industry. It aims to enable manufacturers to benefit from a natural alternative to unwanted texturizers and encourage more consumers to try plant-based options.
Vertera ProBite is based on the enzyme MTGase (microbial transglutaminase E.C. 18.104.22.168), designed to enhance texture.
It has been specifically engineered to address texture problems in plant-based meat products, aiming to deliver an exceptional mouthfeel and consistency for a more satisfying culinary experience. The product is a liquid, designed for easy dosing and safe handling during food production.
The solution is approved as a processing aid, with its technological function fully realised during the food processing stage.
This approach means that any unintentional but technically unavoidable presence of the enzyme in the final product does not necessitate labelling, which Novozymes believes will eliminate potential barriers to market entry by offering transparency and simplicity to consumers.
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