The market for plant-based food alternatives is expanding rapidly, both in new product types and in total volumes.
Sales of plant-based foods in 2022 grew by 6.6 % in U.S. and by 6 % in Europe, and 21 % from 2020 to 2022 in Europe (GFI Europe). To date, hybrid products consisting of meat and plant protein blends are also becoming more attractive among consumers, and new products are being developed to reduce consumption of proteins from animals.
The new products being developed also bring new challenges in terms of safety and stability over shelf-life.
We, at ISI Food Protection, provide modern sequencing techniques to detect the entire microbial population in food products, to help you with optimising product formulation and accelerate product development.
Molecular DNA-based sequencing analyses of bacteria associated with plant material are often confounded by the presence of chloroplastidial DNA, i.e., abundant DNA from the plant chloroplasts which resembles and outcompetes the bacterial DNA. To overcome this, scientists at ISI Food Protection developed a customised protocol which blocks the amplification of chloroplastidial DNA with the goal of enhancing amplification of the bacterial community.
We develop and customise our methods to respond to new market trends, to provide the most informative results for our customers.
Please get in contact with us if you would like to know more about what we can do.