Customized plant ingredients
Plant proteins as gelling agents, emulsifying agents, and foaming agents in:
- Surrogate dairy products
- Surrogate meat and sausage products
- Baked products as a replacement for eggs
We develop functional food ingredients such as proteins and dietary fiber from a wide variety of plant raw materials including leguminous plants, oil seeds, and secondary materials from the food industry. To do this we optimize wet/dry recovery methods and processing steps in the laboratory and on a small pilot plant scale for specific raw materials and tailored to your application. The food ingredients are analyzed for their chemical composition, functional properties, molecular weight distribution, presence of endogenous enzymes and enzyme inhibitors, and other antinutritive components. We test the food ingredients in sample products produced in our food pilot plant. Any changes to products during storage are measured in storage tests and using a trained sensory panel.
Raw materials we use include seeds of leguminous plants, cereals, pseudo-cereals, and oil seeds. Secondary materials from the food industry that have hitherto only been partially utilized such as press cake from oil mills, bran from cereal mills, and materials from the processing of fruit and vegetables also contain high-quality components that we recover as functional ingredients.
For example within the framework of the SunflowerProtein project we are developing sustainable fractionation methods in order to utilize all the material fractions that arise from the production of sunflower oil. The press cake contains, for example, high-quality proteins and secondary plant substances.
In order to maximize the utilization of the raw materials in a sustainable way we develop integrated processing concepts that enable the recovery of several fractions. Secondary materials that arise (extraction residues, permeates, process water) are where possible returned to the manufacturing process via cascade systems and suitable recycling concepts. This enables economically viable processes with high product yields to be realized.
The utilization of sustainable raw materials means we are making a contribution to safeguarding the world's food needs. The production of healthy and safe foods is central in all our development work.
Within the framework of the EU research project Protein2Food we are developing production methods that utilize sustainable plant proteins.