Vegetarian Meat Alternative Solutions System


By Sargoth – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Vegetarian alternatives remain a strong trend worldwide.  In fact, according to the recently released Vegetarianism in America study, published by Vegetarian Times, within the U.S. 3.2 percent of U.S. adults, or 7.3 million people, follow a vegetarian-based diet.  And, another 10 percent of U.S., adults, or 22.8 million people, say they largely follow a vegetarian-inclined diet.  And that number is expected to continue to grow as more and more consumers seek healthier lifestyles.

Recognizing the need to address the increasing demands of this expanding group of consumers, A&B Ingredients has joined forces with Hydrosol of Ahrensburg Germany, to bring a complete meatless solutions system to food manufacturers here within the U.S.

With A&B Ingredients’ meatless solutions system, food manufacturers will now be able to offer a wide range of meatless products, including vegetarian sausages, hot dogs, turkey and emulsified meats, as well as vegetarian ground “meat” that can be used in various applications for consumers who choose to follow a vegetarian-based diet, without sacrificing taste.

A&B Ingredients notes that “with this complete solutions system, many different vegetarian ground meat alternatives are possible.  Our vegetarian meat alternative solutions system enables meat manufacturers to make semi-finished products for individual further processing, as well as ready to eat finished products.”

For example, a vegetarian ground is an excellent basis for vegetarian Bolognese sauce, hearty stews and soups, chili and lasagne. It’s also ideal for making “meat” crumbles for tacos, frozen pizza and ravioli.

A hydrocolloid-protein combination with emulsifying and stabilizing components, this new complete vegetarian meat alternative solutions system contains all the ingredients for the complete formulation, including a mild basic seasoning that can be enhanced as desired. It needs only to be stirred together with water, salt and vegetable oil, formed, and then cooked. The vegetarian ground product is then ready for further processing.

This new stabilizer systems allows easy production of a wide range of high-quality products that address the ongoing trend to meatless alternatives. Its high protein and low-fat content meet the highest nutritional demands, while the finished products offer excellent appeal. In fact, the vegetarian product has much the same taste as the animal product offering the same familiar mouth feel that consumers are accustomed to from conventional ground meat.

A&B Ingredients’ complete vegetarian solutions system also meets the expectations of consumers who are mindful of their nutrition intake. Using soy and egg white protein, the new meatless solutions system makes this all-in compound free of casein, as well as gluten and phosphates. The seasoning is completely free of flavor enhancers like monosodium glutamate. And of course, we use natural colors.

A&B Ingredients’ is a leading developer, marketer and distributor of high quality, clean/clear label natural food ingredients. In addition to the new complete vegetarian solutions system, A&B Ingredients also provides pea proteins, antioxidants, antimicrobials and natural and artificial flavors. Based on a tradition of research and development, A&B’s focus is to discover unique flavors and ingredients that enable its customers to create value-added products.