Soy proteins are the answer for many food processors whose customers are demanding more from their food products — more value, improved taste, more convenience and a better nutritional profile. In order to meet these increasing demands, food processors are looking for ways to make affordable, nutritious products without having to compromise quality. In their efforts, processors are turning to soy protein products, particularly in the processed meats and prepared meals markets.
Although growth in the prepared or ready meal market is forecasted to be flat through 2011, it is still a significant category in terms of retail value. In 2008, the prepared meal market was valued at more than $14 billion. Meat-based presentations are the leading or most valuable products within the prepared or ready meal segment. The segments are represented below:
- Frozen — 52.6 percent meat/poultry based
- Chilled — 55.6 percent meat/poultry based
- Canned — 46.3 percent meat/poultry based
Solae partners with food processors around the world to provide insights and processing solutions in the meat, poultry and seafood industries. Although products and applications are very different, Solae always has the same goal — to improve profitability, quality and nutrition.
Solae's research and development department, along with its meat solutions team, help do this by improving:
- Product functionality/performance (better succulence, texture, nutritional profile)
- Processes and economics (formula economics, processing efficiency, improving yield)
Whether the goal is to improve yield, reduce purge, enhance succulence, produce a more meat-like texture or utilize lower cost raw materials, the use of soy protein isolates and concentrates alone, or in combination with our textured soy proteins, can provide solutions to meet your needs.