Coperion, a leading company in the preparation and extrusion sector, spoke to a vegetarian economist about its highlights for 2021. Among them, the development of a new food extruder that could simplify the production of meats based on plants.
The two most common techniques used to produce meat substitutes are texturing and high water extrusion. However, these techniques previously required two different types of machines.
In 2021, Coperion created a new hybrid version of its ZSK food extruder, featuring an adapter solution that makes it easy to switch between the two processes. The new food extruder eliminates the need for two types of equipment.
As a result of this innovation, Coperion won third place at the Stuttgart Innovation Award in November. Meanwhile, the company’s WYK-CIP diverter valve has been USDA certified for use in food applications in the United States.
Coperion says demand for herbal products remained high in 2021, representing a high proportion of the company’s extrusion projects. Interest has now spread beyond the European market to other regions such as Asia, with Coperion reporting a particularly positive reception at Fooma in Japan.
The pandemic has continued to limit the number of physical events Coperion can attend, but next year the company looks forward to VeggieWorld in China, Anuga Food Tech in Cologne, and IFFA in Frankfurt.
“Going forward, we will continue to contribute to the industry by sharing our expertise and years of experience as a manufacturer of machinery and equipment,” said John Sheehy, Coperion Global Accounts Manager for Foods. herbal. “At the same time, we plan to develop other innovative features for our systems to meet the demands of herbal products. We look forward to the developments in the next few years and are convinced that herbal products will change the food industry in the long term.