Sonac’s newest product is an innovative solution for any meat producer who wants to lower production costs and/or create a healthier, yet equally delicious, meat product.
Called QExtend Pork PF12 and QExtend Beef PF12, these protein fibers are made via a patented process to mimic functionalities of muscle protein fibers, yet they are digested the way a protein is digested. This new product was only introduced in 2019 and has the potential to transform the meat industry.
How Sonac created a fiberized animal protein
Plasma is already commonly used in the meat industry: dried plasma is used to create a better bite, produce a firmer texture, achieve better sliceability, and—in hams—retain more brine. But Sonac saw an opportunity to do something different with pure plasma.
Made from food-grade blood plasma, Sonac’s one-of-a-kind, patented process turns the plasma into a stable, fixed structure that can then be incorporated into a meat product, replacing a part of the raw meat ingredients in a one-on-one ratio.
The composition of blood, plasma and plasma proteins.
The end product, QExtend, is all-natural as it’s 100% beef (Beef PF12) or 100% pork (Pork PF12). It’s sustainable, allergen-free, and non-GMO.
Why Sonac created a fiberized animal protein
Sonac’s purpose in developing QExtend was to bring animal proteins back into the human food chain as a valuable ingredient. Processing plasma into QExtend as a meat replacement ingredient offers huge advantages in terms of sustainability, and also in the development of a healthier meat product (e.g., less fat) and tastier, juicier end product. Because plasma is a readily available raw ingredient, Sonac sought to find a solution to make better use of it. Sonac’s experts invested in extensive research on what kind of processing could be done to get a new protein out of plasma.
“It was an innovative process with a lot of out of the box thinking,” says Maurice van Empel, Sales Manager at Sonac. And ultimately, Sonac was successful in developing a new product that is both sustainable and adds value to the meat industry.
Try this fiberized animal protein in your meat product
Would you like to try this natural meat replacer in your beef or pork product? Fill out a sample request here and a product specialist from Sonac will arrange for a sample to be sent.