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Clextral's Galaxy Texturization technology: a textural revolution for plant-based meat

June 25, 2024

The quest for realistic plant-based meat alternatives has reached a new frontier with Clextral's groundbreaking Galaxy Texturization Technology. Unveiled at the Galaxy Première day in June, this patented innovation represents a significant leap forward, addressing a critical challenge in the rapidly growing market for plant-based proteins.

Gilles Maller, introducing the technology, underscored the importance of a 360-degree approach. "Creating a great product requires a deep understanding of customer expectations, coupled with a thorough grasp of the processing itself," he explained. This philosophy permeates Galaxy, a revolutionary solution that transcends existing limitations in plant-based meat texture.

One of the biggest hurdles for plant-based meat alternatives has been replicating the satisfying textures of real meat. Galaxy tackles this challenge head-on, delivering two key advancements. Firstly, it achieves softer, more flexible textures, mimicking the satisfying bite of meat. Secondly, Galaxy enables the production of large, whole-cut pieces, a significant step towards replicating cuts like steaks or fillets. These breakthroughs elevate the plant-based meat experience, bringing it closer than ever to real meat in terms of texture and mouthfeel. This achievement has the potential to be a game-changer for the entire plant-based protein market.

The ingenuity behind Galaxy lies in its unique combination of established technologies. It merges the well-understood process of continuous extrusion with the principles of shear cell fibration. This innovative approach allows for the creation of distinct fiber structures and orientations within the final product. The dynamic die plays a crucial role in shaping the final texture through controlled shearing and cooling steps.

Beyond its textural prowess, Galaxy boasts impressive production capabilities. The technology delivers a throughput of up to 400 kg per hour, making it suitable for large-scale production.  Furthermore, the continuous extrusion platform offers vast potential for customization.  A wide range of parameters, including temperature, cooking time, pressure, and screw profile, can be precisely controlled. This level of flexibility empowers manufacturers to create a kaleidoscope of textures, paving the way for a new wave of innovative plant-based meat products.

Galaxy Texturization Technology marks a pivotal moment in the evolution of plant-based proteins. Building upon the foundation laid by twin-screw extrusion technology, Galaxy ushers in a 'new textural space'. This innovation has the potential to revolutionize the production and consumption of alternative proteins, making plant-based meat a more attractive and realistic option for consumers worldwide. With Galaxy, the future of plant-based meat looks more delicious and satisfying than ever before.

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