Developing shear cell technology


Dr. Dekkers is tipping the balance in gastronomy and using shear cell technology to generate whole cuts of meat directly from plants.


TECHNOLOGY SECTOR:  End product formulation and manufacturing

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Project aims

This project is focused on producing three new innovative whole-cut food products using shear cell technology. It is developing what could be the world’s first commercially viable shear cell machine for use by local food entrepreneurs.

This work will expand the plant-based meat product category to include whole-cut products. It will also advance our understanding of shear cell technology and its potential use in other plant-based meat production.

Principal researcher

Gfi grantee dr. Birgit dekkers, co-founder and ceo, rival foods, the netherlands

Dr. Birgit Dekkers

Co-founder and CEO, Rival Foods, the Netherlands

Dr. Dekkers is a leading researcher on shear cell technology for structuring plant proteins, with experience developing commercial applications of this technology. She maintains strong collaborations with academic research teams.

Plant-based meat on a grill

Rival Foods

Check out the Rival Foods website for more information about this research and the future of shear cell technology.

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