The processing challenges of mixing plant based meat substitutes

The production of plant-based meat substitutes involves many processing stages. In terms of the resulting product quality, mixing is among the most decisive steps in the entire manufacturing process.

In many communities around the world, a growing number of consumers are consciously choosing to reduce or eliminate meat products from their diet. Established meat processors and start-ups alike are pursuing this emerging market by using plant-based raw materials to create meat substitutes. Furthermore, many market leaders in the global food industry are backing this movement by investing considerable financial resources into the internal infrastructure and machinery needed to produce the perfect meat imitation.

Generally speaking, the production of plant-based meat substitutes involves many processing stages. In terms of the resulting product quality, mixing is among the most decisive steps in the entire manufacturing process. This is because base mixes for alternative meat products often contain over 30 different components with physical properties that vary hugely in terms of moisture, density, particle size, rheology, and stability.

For this unique processing challenge, amixon® offers a state-of-the-art continuous mixing system which also doubles as a precision batch mixer. The continuous mixer from amixon® is exemplary in its ability to produce nothing but top quality mix-tures with zero product loss from start to end of a production campaign.

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