Part of EuroTier: 12 - 15 November 2024, Hanover
Pioneering new ways of farm & food
Controlled Environment Agriculture – global food security through new agricultural production systems is one of the central tasks of the future. "Inhouse Farming - Feed & Food Show" is the DLG's new platform for the agricultural and food systems of the future. Closely networked with agricultural practice, it offers technical information, perspectives, innovations and business - from feed to food.
Alternative proteins are a promising option for meeting the growing global population’s rising demand for sources of protein. In contrast to conventional sources of protein such as meat, eggs and dairy products, alternative proteins are obtained from plant, microbial or cell-based sources.
Plant-based proteins are obtained from plants such as peas, soya beans or quinoa. They impress with their high protein content, high levels of roughage, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
Microbial proteins are produced through fermentation by microorganisms such as yeasts or bacteria and deliver protein of high quality and purity.
Cell-based proteins are produced by cultivating animal cells in vitro (‘in glass’) and have the potential to imitate meat in terms of taste, texture and nutritional value.
Alternative proteins often contain fewer saturated fats and less cholesterol than animal proteins. They can also help to improve animal welfare and relieve pressure on natural resources such as land and water.
Alternative proteins have grown in importance in recent years, because an increasing number of consumers are looking for more environmentally- and animal-friendly and healthier forms of nutrition. Companies are constantly stepping up their investment in research and development work concerning alternative protein sources in order to increase production and availability and to meet market demand.
Although alternative proteins are not yet as widespread as traditional sources of protein, their potential is enormous. Alternative protein sources will play an increasingly important role over the coming years and decades. They make a significant contribution to supplying protein and therefore to food security, because the constantly growing population has to be fed despite the finite resources that are available and harvests that are being impacted by ever more frequent extreme weather events.
Alternative proteins are being offered by companies such as Beyond Meat, Impossible Foods, Quorn, Oatly, Perfect Day and MycoTechnology. These companies use various input materials such as plants, fungi and animal cells to produce plant-based alternatives to meat and milk as well as other protein-rich products.
The technical components that are required to produce alternative proteins are dependent on the specific production method. However, there are generally a few common components that are needed:
- Fermenter or bioreactor: Fermenters or bioreactors are needed in the production of microbial proteins or cell-based proteins in order to cultivate microorganisms or animal cells in a controlled environment.
- Extraction and filtration systems: To obtain protein from plant sources, extraction and filtration systems are required to separate the protein from other plant constituents.
- Dryers: Protein products often have to be dried to ensure that they can be stored and to remove the water.
- Mixing and forming systems: If the protein is converted into a product such as a meat substitute or an alternative to dairy products, mixing and forming systems are required to achieve the desired product shape.
- Laboratory equipment: Laboratory equipment is required to conduct tests and collect data in order to monitor product quality and purity.
These components can vary depending on the production method and company, but are generally crucial for producing alternative proteins on a large scale.
Networking, information and business – the Inhouse Farming – Feed & Food Show is the platform for the topic of alternative proteins. Besides companies offering the latest products, you will also find a wide range of equipment for producing alternative proteins here.
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