How cultured meat and plant protein will change the food industry

Cultured meat and plant protein have the potential to revolutionise the food industry. As well as providing alternative sources of protein, they're more sustainable and environmentally friendly than traditional meat production methods.

What is cultured meat?

Cultured meat, also known as lab-grown meat or cellular agriculture, is produced by cultivating animal cells in a lab setting to create meat products–without the need for raising and slaughtering animals. This process has a lower environmental impact than traditional meat production. It involves fewer greenhouse gas emissions, significantly less land use and can also address animal welfare concerns.

What is plant protein?

Plant protein, on the other hand, is a growing category of food products that use plant-based ingredients to create meat alternatives. These products can be made from a variety of plant sources, such as soy, pea protein and wheat gluten, and can replicate the taste and texture of traditional meat products.

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Disrupting the meat industry

Both cultured meat and plant protein have the potential to disrupt the traditional meat industry and offer more sustainable and ethical options for consumers. However, there are still challenges to overcome, such as the high cost of production for cultured meat and the need for continued innovation in plant protein product development.

The rise of insect protein

Insect protein investment is on the rise in the UK, which is likely due to its impressive potential to reduce animal feed reliance on soybeans. By feeding insects post-consumer food waste, we can develop a protein alternative to the soybean–which could otherwise be used as plant-based protein for human consumption. It's exciting that insect protein could be a key part of the future food ecosystem, as well as a solution to food waste reduction. At Willett Food Projects, we can help you navigate these changes in the industry. We stay up to date on the latest trends and technologies and can offer a wealth of expertise in food manufacturing and design. 

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Posted on June 4th 2023

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