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CSIRO turning red meat into a protein powder

CSIRO is turning red meat into a highly nutritious powder to give an allergen-free protein boost to snacks and beverages.

The new development adds value to the beef sector by targeting a $3.8 billion health and wellness market opportunity.

Taste testings of the innovation are on offer at Beef 2024 in Rockhampton this week when CSIRO unveils its Just Meat protein powder.

The powder’s nutritional and allergen-free profile sets it apart from other protein powders on the market.

Because of this the product can appeal to a wide audience in products ranging from protein balls and shakes to energy drinks.

The powder has the potential to grow Australia’s $75.4 billion red meat industry, by capturing more value from a greater percentage of the carcase.

Animal protein lead for CSIRO’s Future Protein Mission, Dr Aarti Tobin said the powder can be used as-is or as an ingredient in a wide range of products.

“The advantage of a meat-based protein is that it naturally contains all essential amino acids, as well as high iron, zinc and magnesium.

It’s mild in flavour and highly soluble so we’ve easily added it to snacks like sweet protein balls in our product development kitchen, with promising results to take to product trials.

“We’re looking at new protein products to meet changing consumer preferences and which will play a big role in feeding a growing world population that’s set to reach 9.7 billion by 2050,” Dr Tobin said.

The protein powder supports food security by delivering meat’s nutritional benefits to remote locations or in disaster relief by overcoming refrigeration and transportation hurdles.

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) is an investor and collaborator in the product’s development.

MLA Group Manager Science and Innovation, Michael Lee said the product’s versatility demonstrated its potential to capitalise on market demand for red meat globally.

“There is a growing global demand for convenient and nutritious food as the world’s population increases.

“Products like this meat protein powder can help to cater to this demand by providing a shelf-stable, easily transportable and versatile source of protein,” Mr Lee said.

CSIRO will work with commercial partners and investors to take the protein powder innovation to market.

Industry and investors can visit CSIRO at Beef 2024 or join CSIRO’s upcoming Protein Futures 2024 event in Sydney on 28-29 May.

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