GERMANY, Hamburg. Plant-based alternatives to meat and sausage remain in high demand by consumers, and this interest and the trend to this product category have scarcely been affected by the current corona crisis. On the contrary, awareness of the importance of sustainable and balanced nutrition is rising, worldwide. Industry experts expect to see continuous growth in plant-based alternative products in the coming years.
Hydrosol is now working in close collaboration with raw materials supplier All Organic Treasures (AOT). The goal of the cooperation is to combine the expertise of both companies and offer customers in the plant-based meat alternative space a wider range of products with individualised and exclusive solutions. The focus is on allergen- and GMO-free protein sources with a positive image, like sunflower.
The proteins are a by-product of sunflower oil manufacture, so there are clear advantages in terms of sustainability. Hydrosol uses three different texturates for the production of meat and sausage alternatives – a dry texturate for plant-based mince like burger patties, a dry texturate with fibrous texture for foods like nuggets, and a wet texturate with a structure similar to muscle tissue for plant-based filet strips. Another plus point is that the texturates are available in conventional as well as organic versions.
The foundation for the collaboration by AOT and Hydrosol was laid last year. At the IFFA, Hydrosol presented burger patties based on a sunflower texturate from AOT for the first time. Hydrosol is the exclusive sales partner for this burger patty in the food retail convenience products category and the food service and catering segment. With the future blending of the knowledge of both companies, Hydrosol will go a step further and work closely with AOT right from the development of texturates.