ADM soy protein promises better quality meat products

EU - A new injectable soya protein designed for use in meat products could help increase shelf life and cooking yields, while also improving the texture of products, says supplier Archer Daniels Midland (ADM).

Arcon SI, the latest addition to the ingredients firm's range of soya proteins, is suitable for use in a variety of applications, including cooked hams, turkey rolls, chicken breasts and roast beef.

According the company, which introduced its product at the FiE show in Paris earlier this month, Arcon SI has “exceptional water binding properties,” which are what allow it to increase shelf life.

“The soy concentrate has 70 per cent protein, which will bind water, and also 18 to 19 per cent fibre, which also absorbs water. And because the way it holds water is such that once accepted it won't release it, this prevents microbial growth in vacuum packed products, ensuring that the goods reach consumers as the manufacturer would like them to,” said Steve Mott, technical director of ADM Europe.

The water retention of the product can also offer improved “juiciness” and reduced cooking loss of up to 10 per cent, resulting in a possibility to reduce the product's cost, explained Mott.

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