Plant proteins to 'meat' changing consumer demands

Asia's Tech News Daily

Plant proteins to 'meat' changing consumer demands

For many people, nothing beats the taste and texture of a big juicy burger, but how do you recreate that eating experience with sustainable plant-based protein?

That is the culinary quest of University of Queensland engineers and food scientists as part of a three-year Australian Research Council project in partnership with US-based Motif FoodWorks, Inc., a food technology company on a mission to make plant-based food taste better and be more nutritious.

Professor Jason Stokes from UQ’s School of Chemical Engineering said attributes like taste, texture, and smell combined are primary drivers for consumers when considering a meat-free option.

“It’s not just the taste, it has to be the texture as well, so the team wanted to understand the mechanics that occur during eating and stimulate them in a laboratory,” Stokes said.

“People want to continue to eat meat but supplement their diet with a plant-based protein for environmental and sustainable reasons.

“They’ve started to demand quite a bit from the product, and want it to have the same characteristics as a normal meat experience while also being healthy.”

Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation’s (QAAFI) Associate Professor Heather Smyth said innovations around texture mechanics were the key to creating the best plant-based eating experience.

“Are there different ways of pre-treating plant protein in a way that makes it behave more meat-like in the first place, rather than just compensating burger formulations with various synthetic additives?” Smyth said.

Plant proteins to 'meat' changing consumer demands

Photo / Supplied

“This might include fermenting them, extracting them differently or structurally modifying the plant protein.

“Making the plant protein behave differently as an ingredient is really the space where we can have those breakthroughs, and already we’re seeing some interesting results.”

Plant proteins to 'meat' changing consumer demands

Associate Professor Heather Smyth and Professor Jason Stokes. Photo / Megan Pope

“Through this work with the UQ team, we’re bringing together the physics and sensory aspects of eating,” Stefan Baier, Head of Food Science at Motif FoodWorks said.

“This project will unlock the secrets of food to help us design plant-based options that live up to the taste and texture expectations of consumers.”

“We really have been leading this area of research for some time,” Stokes said.

“That’s why companies like Motif and others have come to us in Australia, even though we’re a long way away from where they do their work.”

Plant proteins to 'meat' changing consumer demands

Stefan Baier in Lab Motif FoodWorks Tippingpoint Labs. Photo / Supplied

Stokes said the landscape had changed and people now recognised the challenges in food research.

“They’re large challenges in terms of how we perceive food and how we understand food, and rationally design and engineer their microstructure.”

Internet Explorer Channel Network
Asia's Tech News Daily
News Related

OTHER NEWS

Canterbury's road toll highest in New Zealand

Canterbury has the highest number of road deaths heading into the holiday season. Police data shows 45 people have died on the regions roads in the past year – the ... Read more »

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on wedding plans: 'You'd have to ask Clark'

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is busy running the country, so it’s no surprise planning her wedding isn’t top of her to-do list. Ardern candidly spoke about her upcoming wedding to ... Read more »

Covid 19 Delta outbreak: Bulls chews over changes under red light setting rules

By Jimmy Ellingham of RNZ Businesses in the Rangitīkei town of Bulls are getting to grips with operating under red light restrictions from Friday. Some are getting ready to scan ... Read more »

Newstalk ZB: Jeremy Ward on new electric ferry

Newstalk ZB Wellington Mornings host Nick Mills talks to East By West Ferries managing director Jeremy Ward on their new electric ferry. Video / Newstalk ZB Read more »

Wellington police hunt for three dangerous drivers spotted tailgating through Upper Hutt

Police are investigating the “incomprehensible” driving of three people who were spotted tailgating each other around Upper Hutt. Sergeant Malcolm Lindsay says it’s “hard to believe” no one was injured ... Read more »

Opinion: Better system of measuring social housing issues needed

Weekly column by Kāpiti Mayor K. Gurunathan There is a small stretch of bush between the Paraparaumu Library building and the Kāpiti Community Centre. Although it borders a well-trodden footpath ... Read more »

Covid-19 Delta outbreak: New location of interest in Wellington as Covid-19 spreads to South Island

A new location of interest has been recorded in Wellington and the Ministry of Health is urging people to monitor themselves for symptoms. The Brentwood Hotel in Kilbirnie appeared on ... Read more »

Iwi will be first in line to buy South Taranaki District Council land

Iwi are set to be at the front of the queue to buy any property sold by South Taranaki District Council. The council is reviewing how it buys and sells ... Read more »

Couple caught by Dutch military while trying to fly home to Spain

Dutch military police arrested a husband and wife Sunday who had left a hotel where they were being quarantined after testing positive for Covid-19 and boarded a plane to fly ... Read more »

Air NZ gearing up for busy holiday period

Air New Zealand chief customer and sales officer Leeanne Geraghty says they are gearing up for a busy period and will be carrying 300,000 people around Aotearoa between December 15 ... Read more »

Latest sports headlines: Warriors nab Broncos utility

All the latest sporting headlines for December 1. Warriors nab Broncos utility The New Zealand Warriors have signed Auckland-born Broncos utility back Jesse Arthars on a one-year deal. The 23-year-old, ... Read more »

Fire breaks out at house in Christchurch

Firefighters battled a well-involved fire at a house in Christchurch last night. Emergency services were called to the fire at a property in King St, Sydenham at about 11pm. Emergency ... Read more »

Covid 19 Delta outbreak: Victorian emergency nurse dies after catching virus

A frontline Victorian nurse has died with Covid and been described as an “unsung hero”. Mother-of-three Gillian “Jill” Dempsey had been an emergency department nurse at the Angliss Hospital in ... Read more »

Ghislaine Maxwell sex trafficking trial: Jeffrey Epstein's pilot says he saw nothing untoward

A longtime pilot for Jeffrey Epstein told a jury at Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex trafficking trial that he never saw evidence of sexual activity on planes as he flew his boss ... Read more »

Nicola Alpe: Why humour is the sexiest quality in a partner

OPINION: Who doesn’t love a good laugh? I certainly do. There aren’t many in my circle whom I have never enjoyed a belly laugh with, that’s how important laughter is ... Read more »

Palmerston North's Grant Smith: Five recipients for Civic Honour Awards

OPINION: As the countdown to Christmas and the holiday season begins, it was great we were finally able to acknowledge our 2021 Civic Honour Award winners on Monday. The conferrals ... Read more »

Covid 19 Delta outbreak: Whanganui events cancelled following traffic light announcement

Whanganui’s move onto red in the Covid-19 traffic light system on Thursday night left local event organisers with some tough decisions to make. The biggest casualty was the Boxing Day ... Read more »

Golf: Tiger Woods has little to offer on past accident or future in golf

Tiger Woods had nothing to say about the February car crash that shattered his right leg and he had even less of an idea what his future in golf holds ... Read more »

Focus: NZ Delta Outbreak | Tuesday 30th November Wrap

There were 134 new cases today, 116 in Auckland, 8 in Waikato, 9 in Bay of Plenty and 2 in Nelson-Tasman. Video / NZ Herald Read more »

Kiwi mum Mary Benedito allegedly strangled by ex-partner on Gold Coast

A Kiwi woman who was allegedly strangled by her ex-partner at a Gold Coast hotel has been described as an “amazing” mother. Mary Benedito, 25, was found unresponsive at the ... Read more »

Covid 19 Delta outbreak: Rotorua hotel, tourist attraction new locations of interest

Covid in Bay of Plenty• Businesses prepare for new traffic light system• Red start in traffic light system for Lakes DHB• Orange decision a ‘relief’ for Tauranga businesses• Prime Minister ... Read more »

Covid 19 Omicron outbreak: New variant spread faster than anyone thought

New findings about the coronavirus’s Omicron variant made it clear that the emerging threat slipped into countries before their defenses were up Two distant nations announced their first cases and ... Read more »

Interislander ferry Aratere won't be fully operational until next year

An engine part needed to get the Interislander’s Aratere ferry back sailing at full steam isn’t likely to be installed until next year, leaving only one of the three ships ... Read more »

Kiwi mum Mary Benedito allegedly strangled by partner on Gold Coast

A Kiwi woman who was allegedly strangled by her ex-partner at a Gold Coast hotel has been described as an “amazing” mother following her tragic death in hospital. Mary Benedito, ... Read more »

The Hits: My new title is Fisher Outer

I’ve got a new job title. I am now officially the head of the “fisher outer of any bugs in a pool” department. It appears according to those I must ... Read more »

Air New Zealand giving away seats on direct New York flight in Christmas draw

Don’t tell Santa, Frodo isn’t real. On the first day of Christmas Air New Zealand has revealed a daily festive giveaway, rewarding travellers with international airfares and Christmas surprises. Better ... Read more »

On the first day of Christmas Air New Zealand gave away...

Read more »

Wellington house prices: Singles driven out of the property market, as values jump 60 per cent

Accelerating house prices in the capital are making it nearly impossible for single people to get on the market, says a Wellington mortgage broker. The capital’s new rateable values (RVs) ... Read more »

Fonterra Brands' Eltham Bridge Street wins international awards

An Eltham cheese factory has won international awards for its Kāpiti cheeses. Fonterra Brands’ Eltham Bridge Street Cheesemakers had a number of their cheeses win at the International Cheese and ... Read more »

Stratford creative studio gets into the Christmas spirit

A Stratford creative studio is getting into the Christmas spirit. Verdigris Creative Studio owner Sue Hogan has created a macrame Christmas tree to hang in the shop’s front window. “Macrame ... Read more »

Football Ferns break drought with courageous win over South Korea

The Football Ferns broke their long losing drought on Tuesday night, with a memorable 2-0 win over South Korea. It was a courageous effort from the New Zealand side, who ... Read more »

Wellington City Mission says demand increasing as Christmas draws closer

The Wellington City Mission is asking for luxury items and presents for teenagers as Christmas draws closer. Murray Edridge, Wellington City Missioner, told the Herald demand is high due to ... Read more »

Infrastructure: 'We weren't expecting that much demand'

Even Frank Allen was surprised. The uptake for the Dublin light rail system, running at street level, was so swift that the authorities soon extended the network and introduced longer ... Read more »

Continuous Disclosure: The rise of retail investors and shareholder activism

Sharemarkets are jittery again with news of a new Covid variant, rising interest rates and inflation. So how should investors – especially those entering the arena for the first time ... Read more »

Northlanders encouraged to donate new Kiwi books to Whangārei kids for Christmas

Whangārei residents are once again being encouraged to play Santa Claus by gifting the joy of reading to local children and youth in need. Kiwi Christmas Books is a nationwide ... Read more »

Whangārei company Stonewood Homes recognised at Reader's Digest Quality Service Awards

A Whangārei building company has been awarded the builders gold award in the Reader’s Digest Quality Service Awards. Stonewood Homes Whangārei has been recognised for its commitment to quality and ... Read more »

'At night I picture that gun aiming at us': Glen Eden resident has flashbacks, too scared to drive home

Flashbacks of a gunman pointing his firearm at a Glen Eden woman and her partner – while their young children were nearby – have haunted her as she tries to ... Read more »

Stratford event allows people to work on their basketball skills and get vaccinated

Basketballers had the chance to perfect their skills and get vaccinated over the weekend. On Friday the Taranaki Steelformers Mountainairs were in Stratford for their vaccination weekend. For the event, ... Read more »

Herald morning quiz: December 1

Test your brains with the Herald’s morning quiz. Be sure to check back on nzherald.co.nz for the afternoon quiz. To challenge yourself with more quizzes, CLICK HERE. Read more »

NorthTec needs to see vaccine passports before people can enter its facilities

Anyone going onto any NorthTec campus in Northland or Auckland will need to show proof of Covid vaccination status from Friday, when the new Covid Protection Framework – or traffic ... Read more »
On free-english-test.com you will find lots of free English exam practice materials to help you improve your English skills: grammar, listening, reading, writing, ielts, toeic