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Salt: Taste & Health Considerations

By Henk Hoogenkamp

For years, it seemed that marketing low-sodium foods was a thing of the past, when suddenly low-sodium and reduced-sodium food re-appeared in the limelight. That change is partly due to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Institute of Medicine, along with proactive food companies that have weighed in on the urgent need for sodium reduction.

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Soy Plant Protein Revisited

By Henk Hoogenkamp

The story of the soybean plant is bittersweet. There is a huge discrepancy between soy protein for feed and soy protein for human consumption. The collective soy industry is now growing so rapidly that managing its supply chain sustainability is becoming equally urgent. Without sufficient soybeans, the world will not be able to sustain its current meat production for human consumption.

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Plant Meat: Carnivore No More /Part 2/

By Henk Hoogenkamp

Texture and color are considered the Holy Grail when it comes to using plant-protein ingredients to mimic meat. It is a fine art to duplicate the textural subtleties such as chewiness, fibrosity, and flakiness of the meat or fish. Proprietary innovative manufacturing and formulation technologies have become available and are now increasingly used for animal-protein replacement.

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Plant Meat: Carnivore No More /Part 1/

By Henk Hoogenkamp

The combination of population growth and rising environmental pressures means the new pro-tein demand will have to be met by more than animals. There is no doubt that animal-free proteins eventually become a significant part of the global meat and dairy market. However, it is true that consumers experimenting with vegan, vegetarian or flexitarian lifestyles are often looking for plant-based foods similar to those they are cutting from their diet.

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Plant & Meat: Protein in Harmony /Part 2/

By Henk Hoogenkamp

Increasing meat consumption has manifested itself in China, losing its near self-sufficiency in soybeans. Chinese soybeans imports have steadily increased and now represent about 85 percent of consumption. Similarly, corn imports are now also at the beginning of the soy-trajectory as compared to the past when China was self-sufficient.

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Plant & Meat: Protein in Harmony /Part 1/

By Henk Hoogenkamp

The plant-based meat market still has a long way to catch up the conventionally processed meat market. Globally, the processed meat market is US$ 148 billion (2018), far outpacing the US$ 2.2 billion in packaged plant-based meat analog sales. The gap is narrower in the US, where about US$ 30 billion (2018) processed meat sales compares against US$ 700 million in plant meat sales.

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