Tetra Pak develops breakthrough ‘Whole Soya’ technology

The new processing method, developed by Swiss company Tetra Pak, will reduce waste and increase the fibre and protein content of the soya drinks by using all of the soya bean and incorporating its fibre, okara, into the final mixture.

Tetra Pak has developed a unique processing method for soya drinks, which utilises the entire soyabean in production. Meeting increased consumer demand for healthy, immunity-boosting products, the resulting product is composed of 1.2% fibre, compared to 0.26%, for traditional, extracted soyabean drinks.

Plant-based beverages are a rapidly growing category in the USA and Europe and have been identified as a popular choice for consumers seeking a healthy option or broader variety. However, further innovation is required in the industry to meet these evolving consumer trends.

Tetra Pak new technology reduces waste and increases the fibre and protein content of the beverage by incorporating the fibre component of the soybean, okara, into the final beverage. The company experimented with different grinding solutions, reducing okara particles so they can be integrated into the final product without impacting taste or texture and produce a versatile, high-fibre beverage. This solution has a shelf-life stability of six to twelve months without stabilizers or emulsifiers, making it a clean label product.

A line co-created with Tetra Pak customers in Shanghai

Hemang Dholakia, Centre of Expertise Manager in Plant Based Processing Solutions and Equipment, Tetra Pak said: “At Tetra Pak, we have a long history of innovating to solve challenges in the food industry and reduce food waste. The combination of our processing know-how, technological advancements and experience working with a variety of soy-based solutions, made our decision to launch a new, commercially viable soya drink solution an easy one. Diversifying product range and boosting nutritional value with ‘whole soya’ products will help food and drink manufacturers reach new consumers in an increasingly competitive market.”

The whole soya line was co-created with customers at Tetra Pak’s product development centre in Shanghai, producing a high-fibre product with no added sugar, creamy taste and texture, and a desirable smooth mouthfeel. Since then, more customers in Asia have added whole soya beverages as premium products complementing existing traditional soya beverages in their portfolio. 

This innovation paves the way for a multitude of new products using the same method, presenting a commercial opportunity for yoghurt, spreads, ice cream and meal replacements. The launch forms part of the company’s drive to build an innovation ecosystem that helps open new opportunities in the areas of food safety and availability with the aim of developing more sustainable and resilient food systems.

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Highest product quality combined with operational efficiency

Tetra Pak is one of the world’s leading company for whole bean soya line solutions. The Swiss-based company has been developing a best-practice line solution through nearly five years of Research and Development, and built up its know-how and expertise thanks to hundreds of pilot trials and extensive experience running commercial lines. The company has developed more than ten commercial lines either currently running or due to start soon). Tetra Pak customers receive a mature, reliable line, and need not worry about potential issues and problems related to immature solutions.

Tetra Pak tailored service solutions do not just help customers to overcome operational challenges and achieve tangible results on performance, quality, and food safety. They also guarantee clients’ operational costs and overall equipment effectiveness. Tetra Pak expert service engineers analyse and benchmark operational performance, improve total asset utilisation, and support Total Productive Maintenance implementation.

With whole soya, there are considerable savings to be made in terms of waste reduction, water use, and energy consumption thanks to our innovations in processing and Tetra Pak end-to-end solutions.

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