DuPont is developing plant-based innovations for foods and beverages

July 7, 2020

DuPont is offering its customers sustainable, plant-based solutions with Danisco Planit plant-based ingredient portfolio.

DuPont (Copenhagen, Denmark) is offering its customers sustainable, plant-based solutions with Danisco Planit plant-based ingredient portfolio, which offers a comprehensive range of functional ingredients for foods and beverages, product development insight, and expert application knowledge. 

“The depth of what we can offer our customers is unique in the industry,” said Birgitte Borch, vice president of marketing, food and beverage, DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences, in a press release. “Danisco Planit is a significant launch for us. We offer a total ingredient solution with the ability to deliver taste, texture, nutrition, and sustainability. And, we believe in co-creation and look forward to innovating new formats and categories with our customers to widen the food space and create great eating experiences for the growing group of global consumers that want to increase their plant-based consumption.”

Borch said DuPont wants to do more than offer meatless burgers and milk-free milkshakes. 

“Mainstream consumers are not only looking to avoid meat or dairy, they are looking for a great eating experience. In order to take plant-based mainstream, we need to expand innovation beyond imitation,” she said. “We want to support the shift to a more plant-based diet by creating multiple options, thereby enabling nutritious, plant-based food and beverages in every meal, every day — from early-bird breakfast to the midnight snack.”

In plant-based products, as in all food categories, taste and texture are imperative. However, in plant-based there are a variety of protein sources, and when combined with consumer requirements for health and nutrition, designing and formulating new formats that are top-performing in all sensory dimensions is a challenge. A great tasting product isn’t just about flavor, but the interactivity among sight, smell, touch, and sound. Sensory expertise is at the center of new product development for plant-based food and beverages.

Sonia Huppert, global marketing lead for plant-based health, said the company keeps a pulse on plant-based innovation and product development. Danisco Planit ingredient portfolio includes plant proteins, hydrocolloids, cultures, probiotics, fibers, food protection, antioxidants, natural extracts, emulsifiers, and enzymes, and tailor-made systems.