DFI-LWV19027 - PlantPROMISE: Plant PROtein Meat alternativeS using Extrusion (BO-57-105-002, BO-46-003-014)

Project: EZproject

Project Details


PlantPROMISE focusses on extrusion as structuring process. Extrusion is an established and highly versatile technique for the production of food. It enables a continuous and cost-effective means of production and is currently applied for the production of meat analogues, mainly based on soy. A major obstacle for consumer acceptance of current available (extruded) meat analogues are the poor texture, flavour and juiciness as compared to real meat products. Limitations of extrusion for meat analogues are the lack of understanding of the relevant physical and chemical processes in the extruder and the cooling die, and the relation of processing with the resulting texture and juiciness. The poor understanding is also limiting the use of alternative protein sources than the highly refined soy protein isolate. The current empirical knowledge is very difficult to translate to alternative protein sources.


Alternatives for meat, made from sustainably produced proteins for the human diet are urgently needed. This project focus is to develop novel, high quality products but also to create standards for quality and to optimise the production, in particular to develop meat-alternatives which have an optimal digestibility and bioactivity as contained in their peptides.


The PlantPROMISE project aims to develop a new generation of novel, high quality extruded meat analogues using the improved understanding of physico-chemical processing in the extruder, combined with a better understanding of product attributes like texture, flavour, juiciness, digestibility and sustainability that are acceptable to the consumer. The project focusses on pre-competitive technology and know-how in a cross value-chain collaboration to translate fundamental insights to application understanding.

Effective start/end date1/06/1931/12/22