Plant-based meat and seafood alternatives

who sprouts solutions for plant-based proteins? we do.


There has been a growing popularity of plant-based foods for not only meat alternatives but also seafood alternatives. Motivations for eating plant-based proteins include seeking a diet with variety, concern for animal welfare, allergen avoidance, and health improvement. This variety of needs has increased innovation in end applications, ingredients, and textures.

Proteins serve a functional as well as a nutritional purpose in the end applications. Replacing animal-based proteins with plant-based proteins is not always easy but can be achieved with the use of hydrocolloids.

Benecel™ MX modified cellulose is specially formulated for meat alternative, seafood alternative, and vegetable-based applications.

features and benefits of Benecel™ MX modified cellulose:

  • low gelling temperature
  • improves binding
  • improves moisture retention
  • helps provide the desired eating quality and texture
  • helps deliver sensory and functional benefits
  • replicates the “bite” of a meat-based product

Plant-based shrimp video tutorial
In the video below, Ashland scientists demonstrate how to prepare plant-based shrimp using Benecel™ MX modified cellulose in an emulsion to create a texture comparable to animal-based shrimp. Click here or the video to learn more.

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Have questions about how Benecel™ MX can help you overcome your plant-protein challenges?  Contact an Ashland solver.

Products for plant-based protein applications are listed below.

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Benecel™ mc and HPMC perform many functions in processed foods, depending on type, grade, use level and conditions. Among these functions are thermal gelation, film formation, thickening, binding and water retention. The polymeric structure of these products, which is different from other cellulosics, improves cohesion, texture and mouthfeel. Small amounts of Benecel MC and HPMC significantly enhance emulsion stability as well. This is...

Benecel™ methylcellulose & hydroxypropylmethylcellulose

for plant based foods The growing popularity of plant based foods and meat alternatives has spurred innovation in end applications, ingredients and textures. Although products are usually suitable for vegetarian or vegans, they may also appeal to a wider audience. Some of the broader motivations for eating plant based proteins include those seeking variety in their diet, concern for animal welfare, allergen avoidance, a desire to reduce the amoun...

benecel™ MX modified cellulose

who enables large scale production of plant-based burgers? we do. Benecel™ mx 100 methylcellulose is Ashland’s most recent innovation for alternative protein applications. Benecel™ mx 100 methylcellulose is a remarkably high viscosity grade of methylcellulose that provides texture and structure to satisfying meat alternative products and is suitable for high-speed, large-scale production. Whether you’re formulating plant-b...

benecel™ mx 100 methylcellulose


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