Plant protein structuring towards meat-analogues: new developments and challenges

by Ariette Matser, Senior researcher Food Processing Technology, Wageningen Food & Biobased Research

The high and increasing consumption of products from animal origin is one of the key factors causing current routes for food production to be insufficiently efficient to feed the growing, and more affluent world population. Meat production is inefficient with respect to the use of land, water and raw materials.

A route to reduce the consumption of those products is the development of plant-based analogues for meat or meat-like products. Consumer sciences indicated that products that resemble the original will most likely have the highest chance of success to be picked up by the broadest range of consumer groups.

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