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Innovation Meets Meatless Meat

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ICL Food Specialties leverages protein and technical expertise to deliver innovative meat-alternative solutions.

Today’s consumers are increasingly more aware of what they put into their bodies. They are actively making healthy and sustainable choices in their lifestyles and diets. As part of this growing trend, a new type of food consumer has emerged — the “flexitarian.” Consumers in this category want to reduce their meat intake and incorporate more plant-based options in their diets. As a result, meat alternatives are at the forefront of food industry trends. Manufacturers are quickly looking for ways to expand their product portfolios to satisfy the needs of flexitarians, vegans, and vegetarians alike.

The demand for plant-based meat alternatives that mimic the texture and taste of their traditional meat counterparts is vast and continually growing. It is a trend that is not going away; in fact, according to the “Meat Substitute Market Report” by the B2B research firm MarketsandMarkets, it is estimated that the meat-alternative market will reach 6.43 billion dollars by 2023 (equivalent to a compound annual rate of 6.8 percent).

“Innovation is key to helping our customers bring new products to market faster”

The challenge for formulators is matching the expected mouthfeel, taste, nutritional profile, cooking performance, and overall eating experience that traditional meat eaters know and expect. This is where ICL Food Specialties expertise and mastery of protein management come into play. With ICL’s ROVITARIS® system, manufacturers can create plant-based meat alternatives that are virtually indistinguishable from their traditional meat counterparts. The flexibility of this system allows for the creation of customized applications and flavor profiles. Product solutions include burgers, hot dogs, deli meats, nuggets and fish sticks.

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ICL Food Specialties continues to expand the reach and seek new protein sources and opportunities of differentiation for the customers. The ever-evolving portfolio of options brings customers inspired innovation to deliver unique and novel food applications.

“Innovation is key to helping our customers bring new products to market faster. With ROVITARIS, we have a truly stand-out product that delivers the superior meat-like texture and mouthfeel that consumers demand. This market-leading technology will elevate product development in all kinds of exciting new applications,” says Rado Sporka, Global VP ICL Food Specialties.

It’s worth noting that in addition to offering consumers a healthier option compared to animal-based meat products, meatless meat can also make a huge difference for the environment as the manufacturing of plant-based foods potentially has a much lower carbon footprint. This aligns with ICL’s commitment to sustainability and to doing its part in improving the health, wellbeing, and quality of life for our generation and generations to come.

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