Value-added products: New skincare and supple...
Value-added products

New skincare and supplements range from low-value cuts

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According to Meat & Livestock Australia, consumer demand for nutraceutical products from grass-fed cattle raised without pesticides or herbicides is growing by the day.
According to Meat & Livestock Australia, consumer demand for nutraceutical products from grass-fed cattle raised without pesticides or herbicides is growing by the day.

AUSTRALIA, Sydney. Industry marketing body for Australia‘s red meat sector Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) announced the development of the first Certified Organic collagen skincare and supplements range. The product range results from a collaboration with Freeze Dry Industries (FDI) initiated to create value from a range of traditionally low-value red meat products.

Through funding from MLA Donor Company (MDC), the manufacturer FDI explored how freeze-drying technology could be used to extract collagen. FDI’s Michael Buckley and Fiona Dobbrick were excited to discover that this technology could be successfully applied to beef hides and livers, driving a 3–5x value uplift for these products.


Despite doubts that the collagen extraction process would be possible, FDI persisted in conducting early-stage experiments and successfully created products using freeze-dried bovine extracts through the process that had the desired amino acid protein profile.

Through this breakthrough, they developed a skincare range and a range of Certified Organic capsules featuring collagen, liver, spirulina and strawberry in varying combinations that comprise the Organic Collagen Australia line.

These products will soon be available to the public, with the skincare range launching on 1 October and the supplement range launching in November.

Known as the fifth quarter of the carcass, low-value bovine and ovine inputs, including glands and organs, are experiencing a change in fortune that will benefit the supply chain.

John Marten, MLA Program Manager – Food Innovation, sees these changes as a move in the right direction for opening up new markets for Australian meat processors. “The impact of the fifth quarter is significant because it will allow us to play in world markets where we traditionally haven’t had a presence,” Marten said.

Source: Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA)

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