Russia has everything necessary for the development of plant-based alternatives - Artem Ponomarev

Источник: The DairyNews
During the first Russian exhibition and conference dedicated to alternative food products, "AltFoodConf", a member of the working group "Fooddnet" of the National Technological Initiative (NTI) Artem Ponomarev said that the market of plant-based alternatives in Russia can develop rapidly, writes The DairyNews.

The expert believes that there are 4 main reasons for the creation and development of plant-based alternatives, one of which is the impending food crisis, which, according to Artem Ponomarev, will initially affect the markets of developing countries, and then reach Russia.

The next reason concerns environmental problems, which, the expert noted, are associated with the fact that a large number of food products on the planet are thrown away. To the same point, Artem Ponomarev attributed compassion for animals, which, according to him, are exploited in production of animal products.

‘There are also religious reasons. Some people, because of their religious beliefs, cannot consume animal products. And, of course, another very important reason is fashion,’ said Artem Ponomarev.

He noted that the market of vegetable products is quite wide: it includes both meat, fish products, and dairy products. The expert added that in the West there is a separate technology for the development of plant proteins, which allows you to create alternative products not from such standard ingredients as soy, buckwheat, peas, etc., but from some other plants.

‘Manufacturers of alternative products do not change people, but change the products themselves. We imitate them. In 2020, the vegetable meat market in Russia amounted to 2.6 billion rubles. This is quite a lot for Russia, and quite a bit for Europe. There, the latest figures amounted to 1.4 billion euros. I would like to note that not only vegan companies are now involved in this process, but also meat companies,’ said Artem Ponomarev.

The expert said that currently there are new sources of protein that were not previously obvious to producers: algae, mushrooms.

‘A Finnish company is also developing technologies for producing alternative proteins using bacteria and electrolysis,’ said a member of the Foodnet working group of the National Technology Initiative (NTI).

The expert added that Russia has everything necessary for the development of the market of plant alternatives: raw materials; scientific institutions that are ready to help in this; as well as certain developments that can already be used.

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