Sumary of AI beefs up veggie burgers as market booms:
- A burgeoning veggie burger industry is using artificial intelligence to propose alternatives.
- Swiss group Firmenich, one of the world’s leading flavor manufacturers, says recreating the sensation of beef relies not only on flavor, texture and color, but also on how it responds to cooking and the way it feels in the mouth.
- “Finding a protein that resembles meat from a vegetable protein is highly complex,” Emmanuel Butstraen, head of Firmenich’s flavors unit, told AFP at the company’s headquarters in Satigny outside Geneva.
- AI has notably enabled Firmenich to develop an aroma that replicates the specific flavor of barbecued meat, with the algorithms helping to pin down similar flavors in the plant world.
- “Plant-based food is a very important shift in consumption,” said Firmenich chief executive Gilbert Ghostine.
- “Steaks, cutlets and other vegetable burgers are highly processed foods whose value depends on their ingredients, which vary from one product to another,” Muriel Jaquet, dietician for the Swiss Nutrition Society, told AFP.