Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) recently announced the launch of Arcon T textured pea proteins, Prolite MeatTEX textured wheat protein and Prolite MeatXT non-textured wheat protein. These highly functional protein solutions improve the texture and density of meat alternatives and are particularly useful for achieving a consumer-preferred meat-like texture, the company said.
“The key to winning over consumers with plant proteins is fine-tuning the product for optimal sensory appeal. It is essential to get aspects like taste and texture just right,” said Jacquelyn Schuh, product marketing director for alternative proteins. “ADM is the only company offering a full portfolio of textured soy, wheat and pea proteins, which unlocks a virtually limitless range of possibilities for creating exciting new products in the plant protein space.”
ADM’s "OutsideVoice Protein Segmentation Study" found that the top factor motivating consumers in the plant-based category is health and nutrition, while unsatisfactory taste and texture are the top frustrations with the category. ADM said its textured pea and wheat proteins make it easier to overcome this barrier by creating better tasting products with improved texture and color.
Prolite MeatTEX textured wheat protein and non-textured Prolite MeatXT wheat protein contribute meat-like texture to meat and seafood alternative products. With clean taste and a blank-slate color base, ADM said these highly functional proteins offer water absorption and hydration speeds that enhance processing efficiency and reliability.
Arcon T textured pea proteins deliver improved hydration properties and can offer a higher PDCAAS score than other pea proteins on the market, the company said, and with minimized off-notes and a light color, these proteins are ideal for meat alternatives. They also do not require allergen statements, making them suitable for allergen-free products.
ADM offers two forms of Arcon T textured pea protein: one that blends pea protein and chickpeas, and another that blends pea protein with navy beans. Acron T textured pea protein joins the portfolio alongside ADM’s ProFam pea protein powder, which was launched in 2019.