Producers of plant-based meat alternatives now have a new portfolio of products to help replicate the taste, texture, and cooking experience of meat.
Bunge Loders Croklaan (BLC), a world leader in oils, fats, and emulsifiers, proudly offers a portfolio of solutions and technical expertise for plant-based meats.
“While an increasing number of consumers are choosing plant-based meat alternatives for sustainable and nutritional reasons, they still insist on the experience of traditional meat,” says Mark Stavro, senior director of marketing. “Fat is a fundamental driver of the sensory and culinary experience of meatless foods, and it takes the right ingredients, scale, and technical expertise to create high quality products for this growing category.”
Bunge Loders Croklaan’s broad portfolio enables customers to optimize the right blends of ingredients so that their meatless alternatives are as close to meat as possible. BLC offers oils, specialty fat fractions, shortenings, flakes, and emulsifiers that leverage high-stability sunflower, canola, coconut, and palm fruit oils.
Together these ingredients help maximize taste, texture, and appearance—oil for flavor and aroma release, fractions and shortenings for juiciness, and flakes for marbling. In addition, lecithin enhances surface browning, which greatly improves the visual appeal of meat alternatives. Building on these benefits, BLC can further fulfill customer demand for products that are non-GMO, expeller-pressed, nutritious, and sustainable.
“Complementing our broad and scalable product portfolio, BLC has technical expertise in this evolving category,” adds Brian Armstrong, vice president of research & development for North America. “Whether it’s at the customer’s location or at our Creative Solution Center, BLC’s experts work directly with our customers to find the best individual solutions.”
Bunge Loders Croklaan has developed a range of innovative, on-trend prototypes to share with customers. One example is a meatless andalouse burger on brioche that incorporates specialty flakes, coconut oil, and lecithin.
About Bunge Loders Croklaan
Bunge Loders Croklaan (www.bungeloders.com) is a leading global producer and supplier of sustainable premium quality plant-based oils and fats for the food manufacturing industry. It operates as part of the global B2B edible oils business of Bunge Limited (NYSE:BG). Its products are used in a wide range of applications, from bakery and confectionery to culinary and infant nutrition. With in-depth knowledge of ingredients, applications and processes, the Bunge Loders Croklaan team closely cooperates with customers to develop tailored solutions and create innovative products to meet their business goals and differentiate them in in the marketplace.
Bunge (www.bunge.com, NYSE: BG) is a world leader in sourcing, processing and supplying oilseed and grain products and ingredients. Founded in 1818, Bunge’s expansive network feeds and fuels a growing world, creating sustainable products and opportunities for more than 70,000 farmers and the consumers they serve across the globe. The company is headquartered in St. Louis and has 24,000 employees worldwide who stand behind more than 350 port terminals, oilseed processing plants, grain facilities, and food and ingredient production and packaging facilities around the world.