Manufacturing Plant Based Meats Using Extrusion

Event Date: 01 Apr 2020

This event is postponed due to Covid-19 restrictions. Please email if you have any questions.

Manufacturing Plant Based Meats Using Extrusion

High Moisture Meat Analogues (HMMA)

A growing number of plant-based products that can mimic meat in foods are available to the food industry. They range from Quorn developed from a strain of Fusarium fungus, cooked Jack fruit and a range of extruded products. The latter are usually made from pea or soy protein but may also incorporate a wide range of proteins from legumes, grain cereals and potato, along with ingredients that modify texture and add flavour. Among the most meat like are products extruded from plant proteins.

This workshop will allow participants to compare the taste and texture of a range of meat mimics, their relative merits along with potential uses in foods. We will then go on to examine the ingredients used to make extruded meat analogues and thence to discuss their impact on human nutrition and in the wider sense, implications for agricultural activities.

Finally, we will move into the extruder suite at The FoodBowl to make and taste a small selection of meat analogues with varying textures.

The workshop will appeal to product developers and to those interested in using or manufacturing meat analogues.

Topics will include:

  • Introduction to plant-based meats and their place in agriculture and the food industry.
  • HMMAs in foods
  • Comparison of commercial and developmental HMMAs
  • Comparison of taste and texture of a range of plant-based meats
  • Making HMMAs:
  • The ingredients
  • Processing equipment
  • Costs
  • Manufacture of HMMAs
  • Practical demonstration of the processing of HMMAs using The FoodBowl extruder.


Allan Hardacre is now almost retired from Massey University and is a pioneer of the development of plant-based meats in New Zealand, He has more than 15 years of experience, in the manufacture of plant-based meats and also developed other extruded products for clients including snack and pet foods.

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Early bird ticket sales end Friday 6th March, standard tickets will be $400+GST.