Impossible Foods has patented a plant-based meat replica that mimics ground meat in texture, flavor, and color transition during cooking. The product contains plant protein, fibrous component, fat, carbohydrate-based gel, and heme-containing protein, without any animal products. The meat replica becomes firmer after cooking. GlobalData’s report on Impossible Foods gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Impossible Foods, Edible protein hydrolysis was a key innovation area identified from patents. Impossible Foods's grant share as of January 2024 was 45%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11819041B2) discloses a meat replica that is free of animal products and comprises a unique combination of ingredients. The meat replica includes a meat dough containing an isolated plant protein, an edible fibrous component, fat, a carbohydrate-based gel, and a lactone, a carotenoid, or both. Additionally, the meat replica contains a heme-containing protein, making it suitable for those seeking plant-based alternatives to traditional meat products. After cooking to an internal temperature of 160°F, the meat replica is designed to be firmer than its pre-cooked state, providing a texture similar to conventional meat products.

Furthermore, the patent details specific variations of the meat replica, including different percentages of ingredients such as the heme-containing protein, flavoring agents, and the carbohydrate-based gel. The carbohydrate-based gel can consist of various substances like agar, pectin, carrageenan, and others, contributing to the overall texture and juiciness of the final product. The plant protein used in the meat replica can be sourced from a wide range of plants, offering versatility in ingredient selection. The patent also mentions the presence of lactones and carotenoids in specific amounts, enhancing the flavor profile of the meat replica. Overall, the patented meat replica aims to provide a plant-based alternative to meat products that closely mimics the texture and juiciness of traditional meat, catering to consumers looking for sustainable and ethical food options.

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