The extruder can be used for both wet and dry extrusion. Scientist Catia Saldanha do Carmo has mapped the effects from both processes. Photo/cc: Joe Urrutia/Nofima

Food producers can get help to develop Norwegian plant-based products

Food producers need more knowledge to be able to use Norwegian raw materials for developing healthy and appealing plant-based alternatives.

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Portrettbilde av Svein Halvor Knutsen
Svein Halvor Knutsen

Senior Scientist
Phone: +47 482 99 594

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Portrettbilde av Stefan Sahlstrøm
Stefan Sahlstrøm

Senior Scientist
Phone: +47 970 88 975

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Portrettbilde av Cátia Saldanha do Carmo
Cátia Saldanha do Carmo

Phone: +47 907 47 497

Nofima scientists gather and develop data about:

  • Which raw materials and raw material mixtures are best suited to different products based on their desired properties (functional, nutritional and sensory)
  • Which processing methods and parameters are best suited for different products, raw materials and raw material mixtures.

Little use of Norwegian raw materials

The aim is to obtain data that the food producers may utilize in order to save time on trial and error in their own experiments.

“There is little current use of Norwegian raw materials in plant-based meat substitutes on the market. We believe the data we gather can help producers catch up with foreign products”, says Nofima Senior Scientist Svein Halvor Knutsen.

He adds that they have also worked to develop several other plant-based products and ingredients, such as healthy protein-rich snacks.

Detailed and accurate knowledge

Nofima scientist Catia Saldanha do Carmo plays a key part in the mapping of suitable combinations of raw materials and processing methods. An important part of this work has been to obtain detailed data about the functionality and possible combinations of applicable machinery, as well as their effects on products.

“The technology I have mainly worked with is called extrusion, which makes it possible to process raw materials into the desired shape and texture. To determine optimum conditions I have studied the effects of the various extruder settings such as temperature, water content, input speed and rotational speed”, says Catia.

Among other things, she has developed prototypes for:

  • Healthy pea- and oat-based snack products rich in fibre and protein
  • Protein-rich meat substitutes based on fava beans

The research has been carried out as part of the project FoodProFuture and at the FoodPilotPlantNorway. Scan the QR code below to learn more.

Facts about the research

The research is conducted in FoodProFuture, a four-year Bionær project (No. 267858), funded by the Research Council of Norway. The facilities at FoodPilotPlantNorway (296083) are used.

The project is led by NMBU and in addition to Nofima, the following partners are participating:
Academy: NMBU (project manager), Nofima, NTNU, NIBIO, Østfoldforskning, SIFO, Luke & VTT-Finland, University of Food Technologies-Plovdiv, Bulgaria, CSGA-France, Consulting: AgriAnalysis, NLR, Halogen, Skala. Industry partners: BAMA, Gartnerhallen, AM Nutrition, Norsk Matraps, Borregaard, Mills, Orkla Foods, Hoff and Lantmannen Cerealia.

The project has its own website which is updated regularly with news from the project:

Parts of the research within fractionation and extrusion have been carried out in the strategic program SunnMat, funded by Foundation for Research Levy on Agricultural Products (FFL)

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