What is Solina's Future Food programme?
‘Future food’ refers to protein-rich foods derived from non-livestock. These alternative sources of protein may be plant-based, but beyond plant-based and veggie dishes, Future Food could also contemplate future developments such as insects, laboratory-grown mat or bacterial proteins.
The programme is designed to respond to growing trends across Western Europe for alternative sources of protein, as consumers attempt to cut down on their intake of meat, whether for environmental, health, animal welfare or ethical reasons. Future Food caters to vegan, vegetarian and flexitarian diets– people who simply want to eat less meat while retaining the full pleasure of food. And that is why Solina is rethinking food today to develop our food for the future.
Innovating in the next protein food
Explore non-meat proteins, create new and affordable consumer concepts and products, offer the full pleasure of food in terms of texture, flavour and variety, while also improving health and sustainability, this is the objective of Future Foods. It is also about creating new solutions and food concepts, documenting new recipes and designing industrial processes to respond to the challenge of developing food that is better for the consumer and better for the planet.
Our knowledge of meat-based proteins allow us to master the technology of developing alternative proteins. As well as providing customised and versatile solutions that meet our clients’ highest expectations of the food industry, this research programme also aims at designing complete product concepts for the Food Service and Butchery sectors while forging a strong position in the protein food market.
Four food innovation applications
Dry Texture Vegetable Proteins (TVP)
From the technological viewpoint, our R&D teams are already working on four distinct lines within the programme: the first we call Classic Veggie, based on textured vegetable proteins from dry plant sources such as wheat or soy, which appeal to vegans and vegetarians. Solina’s range of delicious, affordable and nutritionally-balanced meat substitutes can be applied in all kinds of dishes and recipes, responding to one of today’s main consumer trends.
Everything but meat
Nextera® Dairy Delight dairy-based meat analogue is already winning a place for itself on the Western European table. The main component of this 100% vegetarian substrate, available as slices, cubes or strips, is fresh cheese, combined with textured vegetable protein (TVP). It can be grilled, baked or fried in a pan, in a wok, as burgers, nuggets, etc., thus combining powerful taste experience and pleasant texture with a nutritional value similar to standard meat. Disvover more and download the brochure here.
High Moisture Extrudates
HME is cutting-edge technology that will set a milestone on the protein food business. HME are wet plant proteins extruded to ensure a fibrous texture. They afford great juiciness to protein substrates allowing for the same texture and organoleptic properties as actual meat. Wet extrusion is the future, offering a 100% non-animal product with unrivalled taste and texture to create meat analogues that cannot be met by any other plant protein material or technology.
Nextera® Chuncks are a seitan-based, ready-to-use, shelf-stable substratedeveloped by Solina for clients in the butchery and food service sectors. With this product composed of wheat and chickpea proteins, we aim to take on the challenges faced by the extrusion industry by developing complete and bespoke solutions to help our clients to create their own applications with plant-based meat alternatives. Thanks to Nextera® Chuncks, butchers, chefs and all food service professionals will be able to create their own healthy and delicious meat-free burgers.