Food and Beverage Business

Coperion Technology helps Vemiwa enhance plant-based food production

Coperion Technology helps Vemiwa enhance plant-based food production Coperion Technology, plant-based food production, Vemiwa Food and Beverage Business

Vemiwa Foods in Germany relies on a Coperion ZSK 43 Mv PLUS Food extruder and feeder from Coperion K-Tron for the production of vegan meat substitutes. Using the Coperion ZSK 43 Mv PLUS food extruder in hybrid version and Coperion K-Tron feeders, Vemiwa manufactures vegan meat substitutes (HMMA – high moisture meat analogues) such as chunks, pulled varieties, and mince in a wet extrusion process.

Founder Michael Walk Jr. aims to thrill customers with flavor, quality, and innovation in plant-based alternative products using no artificial additives, colors, or aromas. Instead, the focus is on natural seasonings and regional proteins, rooted in his family’s tradition of butchery.

Vemiwa uses legumes such as peas and fava beans as protein sources and is experimenting with other sources and their compositions. The company continuously researches, develops, and produces new and innovative plant-based products using the Coperion ZSK extrusion system.

Additionally, Vemiwa also offers white labeling and commission extrusion to provide other companies access to the market for plant-based products. This high flexibility and high-end product quality are important demands on the extrusion system.

The search for the right equipment supplier led Vemiwa to Coperion. With the hybrid-version ZSK 43 Mv PLUS food extruder, Coperion offers the ideal technical solution for manufacturing qualitatively high-value end products. In HMMA production, the extruder achieves throughputs of up to 250 kg/h and speeds of up to 1,800 min-1.

The increased energy input makes breakdown of the proteins in the process easier, providing greater product design flexibility. The process section’s modular design results in the greatest possible flexibility, allowing for quick recipe changes and modifications by simply changing the screw configurations and the process configuration.

The highly accurate and reliable Coperion K-Tron feeders ensure the highest HMMA product quality and tremendous flexibility in production. Along with the technology and high flexibility of the system, the extensive know-how demonstrated by the process technicians during the frequent interactions with them was key to Vemiwa’s decision to use Coperion.

“It’s our goal to offer natural products that taste good. At Coperion, we’ve had a personal fit and a good feeling from the outset. With this system, we are very flexible, and we can easily try out new recipes or products; this means we can expand our selection further, as well as how we offer extrusion on commission,” said Venima founder Michael Walk Jr.