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plant-based food
innovation?

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The texture of animal-free meats and dairy alternatives needs significant improvement before these products can be viable for most consumers, but the market is ready!

Plant-based food market in the US*

4.5 Billion 

Global plant-based meat market**

12.1 Billion

Increase in plant-based meat market by 2025**

27.9 Billion

Are you an expert in plant-based food?
Get paid for your expertise!

Xinova is seeking food innovators and plant-based food experts to join our Innovator Network.


Sign-up today, complete your profile tagging, ‘plant-based foods’ under expertise, and be considered for these paid opportunities in 2020

– Serve on a plant-based food advisory board

– Contract with Xinova on animal-free meat & dairy projects

– Participate in collaborative innovation and brainstorming sessions

– Ideate to invent or solve problems in the plant-based meat arena

The Challenge

In early 2020, Xinova is looking to improve the texture of alternative meat products, specifically burger patties, by developing new ingredients and by identifying improved thermal and mechanical processing methods.

A high-priority issue is reproducing the fibrous structure of meat in plant based alternatives, which is challenging to create in high volume at low cost. Existing methods, such as high-moisture extrusion, still fail to achieve the needed throughput at low cost. Fat binding in meat alternatives is also poor, resulting in a texture that melts or crumbles too easily, and which also lacks the ‘fat pockets’ that contribute to a pleasing flavor.

The Opportunity

Join the Xinova network now as part of a select group of food innovators and, in 2020, become involved as we:

  • Explore biochemical (e.g. crosslinkers) or enzymatic approaches to increase self-assembly of meat-like fibers into the desired meat matrix, especially with low-cost protein sources.
  • Identify/improve a process to add texture to plant proteins at high throughput and a low cost, without adding off-flavors.

Sign-up now to be considered for our special food advisory panel.

1) Create your account

2) Complete your profile

3) Under ‘Expertise’ – be sure to add ‘Plant-Based Foods‘ and ‘Food Sciences‘,
along with any other areas of expertise you have. 

Learn more about the Xinova Innovator Network

*We will send notifications when new plant-based food opportunities arise.
*Signing up allows you to be considered for future opportunities, but does not guarantee acceptance.

*Facts and figures sourced from plantbasedfoods.org
**Facts and figures sourced from marketsandmarkets.com

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