- Motif FoodWorks has obtained unique entry to 2 applied sciences to enhance plant-based meals. One is an extrudable fats expertise that may create extra genuine fats textures in plant-based meat, and the opposite is a prolamin expertise utilizing plant-based elements to enhance the feel of plant-based cheese.
- These applied sciences got here to Motif by way of its ongoing partnership with Canada’s College of Guelph and tech firm Coasun’s founder Alejandro Marangoni, who’s a analysis chair on the college. Motif has acquired the fats expertise from Coasun and is licensing the prolamin expertise from the college.
- Plant-based meals are sometimes at a aggressive drawback as a result of they do not behave like their animal-based equivalents. Among the typical ingredient options to bridge this hole are excessive in saturated fat and never wholesome.
From its inception, Motif FoodWorks’ mission was clear: Create elements that enhance plant-based meals. By years of R&D work and forging partnerships with high researchers exterior of its company construction, it is getting nearer to that purpose.
The fats expertise is an oleogel that converts liquid oil to a extra strong ingredient with the perform of fats, Motif mentioned. It may be used to create marbling and different genuine seems to be and textures in plant-based meats. The prolamin expertise helps plant-based cheese to soften, bubble and stretch like animal-derived dairy elements.
“Motif will allow efficiency in plant-based meals beforehand remarkable — from plant-based cheese on a sandwich or pizza that truly stretches and melts to plant-based meat with marbleized fats similar to a ribeye or a NY strip,” Motif’s Head of Meals Science Stefan Baier mentioned in an announcement emailed to Meals Dive. Baier has been main the Motif-College of Guelph collaboration because it started in 2019.
Making plant-based meat as near that derived from animals has been a purpose of most corporations within the sector. In accordance with a 2019 research from NPD Group cited by NBC Information, almost 9 out of 10 individuals who eat plant-based meat aren’t vegetarians or vegans. Plant-based meat corporations have particularly designed merchandise to style and behave like meat, and are even doubling down on positioning their merchandise as meat. Of shoppers who eat plant-based meat, in keeping with a 2019 white paper from Kerry, 73% mentioned plant-based merchandise ought to have a meat-like style — typically achieved by way of fats.
However there’s not an ideal substitute for animal fats in the marketplace. A survey revealed earlier this yr from cultivated fats producer Peace of Meat discovered that two-thirds of plant-based meat corporations can be inquisitive about utilizing an animal fats cultivated from cells of their merchandise, although nothing like that’s obtainable but. The extrudable expertise could also be nearer to showing in the marketplace, and will additionally present a prepared various.
The expertise that helps plant-based cheese soften, bubble and stretch just like the dairy-based varieties may additionally enhance the choices in that phase. Whereas non-dairy cheeses have vastly improved by way of style and performance prior to now a number of years, their efficiency is missing. Startups like New Tradition Meals and Change Meals have been working to domesticate dairy proteins that do not come from animals and could possibly be used to create cheese, however don’t have anything in the marketplace but. The expertise licensed by Motif has the benefit of being fully dairy free, which means shoppers with milk allergy symptoms could favor it.
Motif has been within the R&D part since its inception, however is getting nearer to having elements obtainable for meals corporations. In January, CEO Jonathan McIntyre mentioned in an interview the corporate deliberate to have its first two gadgets in the marketplace later this yr. Including capabilities just like the fats extrusion and cheese protein expertise will bolster Motif’s choices — and assist the corporate create a extra various suite of elements to assist the plant-based sector.