USA, California. Plant-based meat company, Beyond Meat, has been on a rapid growth journey since it first set up shop in 2009, expanding its market share and product range each year. The company has partnered with equipment supplier Marel to expand and innovate upon its product development process.
It has integrated the low pressure RevoPortioner into operations at its innovation lab in California, where the company develops its plant-based products.
The company’s new product development takes place at their innovation lab, where food scientists and engineers research texture, flavor, and the consistency of ingredients to create plant-based meat. The product portfolio consists of plant-based chicken, sausages, crumbles (minced meat), and burgers, including its award-winning Beyond Burger. To meet rising demand, the company opened a second production facility in Missouri that increased its manufacturing space threefold.
The Marel RevoPortioner is designed to produce meat, poultry, and fish products that are consistent in shape and weight. The texture and structure of the meat mass is preserved through low-pressure portioning technology. At the innovation lab, the RevoPortioner is now being used to form non-meat products.
Through its partnership with Beyond Meat, Marel has demonstrated the applicability of its technology to non-traditional protein processing. RevoPortioner technology has demonstrated significant benefits in retaining fiber orientation and product quality in non-meat and meat products.