Reducing consumption of animal-based foods is high on the global sustainability agenda and, for many consumers, a shift toward plant-based consumption is becoming the new normal. For these reasons, we are proud to offer a new line of VEGA™ cultures designed specifically for meat alternatives.
While interest in healthier living and promoting a more sustainable future are key motivators for those who practice plant-based eating, we know that alternatives still need to taste great. Freshness, lack of artificial ingredients and affordability are also important factors for flexitarians making decisions about plant-based eating and which products to purchase.
The new VEGA™ SAFEPRO® range can help to keep plant-based meat alternatives safe and fresh, naturally. By leveraging the power of the good bacteria that comprises VEGA™ SAFEPRO® cultures, producers can craft plant-based meat alternatives that stay fresh for longer, improve upon some of the sensory features of their products, and potentially even feature a reduced amount of sodium.
VEGA™ SAFEPRO® can offer producers the following benefits:
- Help control the presence of unwanted lactic acid bacteria, pathogens, yeast and molds
- Contribute to a clean and fresh taste throughout shelf life
- Better meet consumer demands for products with natural ingredients and potentially reduce overall sodium content in meat alternatives
- Enhance the sustainability profile of their brand by reducing food waste.
Cultures can be used alone or in combination with one another. Chr. Hansen’s Application team provides ongoing assistance to producers, helping them to conduct trials and choose the best-performing solution for their unique plant base and recipe.
VEGA™ SAFEPRO® is a trademark of Chr. Hansen A/S.