KMC makes breakthrough with Danish potato protein to improve plant-based meat solutions

Danish ingredients company KMC has created textured potato protein that can be used as an ingredient in plant-based meat. The unique properties of potato protein has the potential to revolutionize plant-based meat products with improved texture and nutritional values.

The plant-based meat market will grow significantly over the coming years. Consumers to reduce their meat intake but lack innovative options at supermarkets that will help ease the transition towards a plant-based diet.

KMC has extracted potato protein powder ingredient and turned it into a product with a structure very similar to meat. 

This innovation is significant as potato protein has properties that are especially relevant as an ingredient in meat supplements. Textured potato protein has high nutritional values, a meat-like structure and frying crust. 

“Textured potato protein has the properties that we know a lot of consumers look for when eating plant-based products. There is as huge potential in potato protein as a food ingredient. Our goal at KMC is to drive the transition from animal-based ingredients to plant-based ingredients, and on this journey, we have made a real breakthrough towards better products for the consumer with this innovation,” said Jesper Burgaard, CEO at KMC.

“We started the production of potato protein for consumer products in 2019 because of the potential of the nutritional value as an ingredient. But as a powder product, potato protein did not add any functional properties. Now, with our new texturing technique, potato protein can add meat-like structure to products and is therefore ideal to use in meat supplements.”

The development of the potato protein is a part of KMCs innovation programme where they create plant-based ingredients that can replace animal-based ingredients in food. KMC is able to produce the potato protein at a large scale and will be able to produce 300 tons of textured protein in 2022 and expects to scale the production significantly in the following years. 

“Sustainability and business go hand in hand at KMC. With our new product we can offer a climate friendly protein produced by Danish potato farmers to consumers across the globe. We strongly believe that textured potato protein will play a crucial part in the development of new plant-based solution to the consumers of the world,” said Burgaard. 

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