Plant-based is here to stay, and for meat operators like Jensen Meat Co., it is taking this fact and turning it into an operational strategy. The company is currently expanding its facilities and team to manage co-packing opportunities for plant-based beef alternatives. To accelerate this production, Jensen has already broken ground on its new processing plant which will also create new jobs when complete.
"With sixty years' experience, Jensen Meat has perfected how to process and pack quality ground beef," said Abel Olivera, CEO. “We now want to leverage our world-class knowledge to create a cost-effective process for producing plant-based products."
This new facility, a press release noted, will allow the company to pursue new partnerships, which will provide it with opportunities to test new processes and increase national production of plant-based products. Jensen's new plant will include multiple capabilities such as blending, cooking, dry mixing, emulsifying, and hydrating, in addition to bulk and patty forming for foodservice and retail finished products.
"We can create, process, and pack plant-based products in ways that are cost-effective and innovative," added Olivera. "We want to help bright minds out there that have the same goal of creating healthy, low-cost foods from alternative sources of protein, which also play a part in reducing world hunger."
The new facility will be completed by April 2021 and will allow the company to increase production of affordable protein sources and work towards the goal of making the global food system sustainable.
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