Meat Pro – Mane’s Meat Centre of Excellence – has produced complete solutions that allow the integration of vegetable fibres within meat applications, while guaranteeing the taste, texture and appearance will be similar to a 100 per cent meat product. After more than a year of R&D, the company is able to formulate and produce complete blends for minced meat applications containing at least 51 per cent meat (beef, pork or poultry) and different varieties of vegetable fibres and, depending on the product, vegetable proteins.
Recently introduced, these new formulations are already attracting meat industrials. In addition to being economically viable, the following characteristics are appealing: taste (the development requires a new approach to fine-tune its flavour profile); visual aspect (vegetable fibres are invisible to the naked eye); texture (several varieties of fibres are used to obtain an end-product that’s consistent, bound together and juicy); food safety (non-allergenic, GMO-free and strictly traced) and health (from a consumer point of view, fibre is associated with wellbeing). Depending on the formulation, the complete blends can enable the manufacturer to state ‘high fibre’ or ‘source of fibre’ on the label.
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