German Meat Substitute Product

A group of German researchers aim to perfect a new meat substitute for mass distribution.


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While plant-based beef, chicken, and turkey substitutes abound in grocery stores worldwide, some argue that companies have not totally succeeded at replicating the texture and flavor of real meat. But researchers at Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute aim to create a new vegetarian meat product that will unequivocally win over omnivores. The project’s factory currently produces between 130 and 150 pounds per hour of the faux meat, which is derived from plant proteins that have been treated to form juicy fibers similar to those of real meat. Later this month, the researchers will be showcasing their product at the Anuga Foodtec trade fair, and they hope to have it on the market by next year.

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