Vegan Edible Collagen By Signicent

Vegan Edible Collagen: How It Will Change Market & Eating Habits?

The vegan edible collagen report explores a technology intelligence study on edible collagen. All different aspects that would be covered in the vegan edible collagen report are technology summarization, key innovations, market & innovation trends.


Edible Films and Coatings

A wide range of natural polymers from renewable sources has been used in the development of bio-based food packaging. The main natural sources for this purpose are derived from polysaccharides, proteins, lipids, or blends of these macromolecules. The utilization of these natural materials is partly linked to their biodegradability and renewability. Some of the most used proteins in edible films are collagen, zein, gelatin, soy protein, milk protein and pea protein

Edible films and coatings are defined as continuous matrices that can be prepared from proteins, polysaccharides and/or lipids to alter the surface characteristics of a food. Collagen casings for sausage prepared from the regenerated corium layer of food-grade beef hides are currently being replaced by vegan or plant-based edible collagen casings.

These include barrier and smoke permeable man-made polymer casings, as well as additive release transfer casings, rationalizing sausage and ham production to a high extent. The future perspective technology of these edible collage casing types will improve the cost-effective production methods for the meat-processing industry.

Features of Edible Food Packaging

  • Inhibit surface contamination
  • Promote mechanical protection
  • Extension of food shelf- life and quality
  • Improve sensorial and functional properties
  • Add nutritive value and a good choice for vegans
  • Controls gases and humidity exchange

Collagen Substitute for Edible Packaging

The naturally formed vegan edible collagen casings used in the food industry primarily include the source derived from animal- origin. Therefore, it not only hurts the religious sentiments of the society but also poses risks to human health such as allergy and is difficult to process during the manufacturing stages.

The use of carrageenan-based films effectively replaces/ substitute the use of collagen-based films and overcomes the above disadvantages. These edible films do not disintegrate while the production process and have an excellent binding ability to the meat product.

Cellulose-Based Casing Material

The present casings used to cover the dry sausages have low adhesion due to which the casing peels- off upon sausage ripening and thus, the sausages get spoiled by the mold. This can be overcome by using natural protein-based adhesion materials such as chitosan, etc. with the cellulose casing. Further, the inner surface of the casing material can be oil-coated so as to prevent the spaces that may develop mold.

Seamless Fibrous Casings

The natural cellulose-based casings are modified into more efficient casings by utilizing fibrous material. These modified fibrous casings seem to be highly useful in the packaging of hams and sausages.

Kalle GmbH and Co KG group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of industrially produced casings for sausages, meat products, and other food applications, as well as a leader in the production of sponge cloth for household applications as well as various industrial and medical purposes.

“Nalo Sausage Casings”, introduced by Kalle group were the first alternative casings to animal-derived skins.

  • The nalo casings are usually cellulose-based derived from wood. The nalo casings are further strengthened using paper and fibrous material and are also referred to as “fibrous casings”.
  • Due to its excellent transparent and permeable characteristics, it is used for the packaging of hams, cheese, and sausages.
  • Kalle cellulose casings are available in every conceivable variant: ring, bladder or cylinder, uniform in shape or with a shaping function, and in a wide range of colour tones. Kalle is the only cellulose kranz producer in the world.

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Edible Collagen Casings

Nippi, Inc. has developed an amazing product Collagen Casing. Japan’s first edible collagen casing for meat sausages. Made from nature-derived material, the casings are suitable for all types of sausages (cooked, fresh, dry sausages, etc.). Wall thickness and calibre diameter impart great uniformity to the casings. Tender and superb bite to the sausages. They are the most trouble-free casings with excellent uniformity and strength.

Fibran Group has developed a product Edible Collagen Casing, especially for fresh, cured, cooked and smoked sausages. It is resistant to the cooking and stuffing process. and gives a soft and tender bite to the cooked meat sausages. The sausages can be grilled or fried with an edible casing.

Evonik Launches Vegan-friendly Collagen

Evonik is one of the world leaders in specialty chemicals. The company is active in more than 100 countries around the world and generated sales of €13.1 billion and an operating profit (adjusted EBITDA) of €2.15 billion in 2019. Evonik goes far beyond chemistry to create innovative, profitable and sustainable solutions for customers. The new collagen platform was launched in Singapore in 2018 by the Company’s strategic innovation unit Creavis, to develop advanced biomaterial solutions in regenerative medicine.

Recombinant collagen mimics attributes of human collagen.

  • Ultra-pure and highly soluble to enhance the safety and quality of pharma, medical and other biotech products.
  • Sustainable, scalable fermentation manufacturing process.
  • Requires no use of animal and human-derived materials.
  • The advanced collagen is made via fermentation-based processes and devoid of animal- or human-derived materials. The recombinant technology will provide pharmaceutical, medical, cell culture and tissue engineering markets with a highly soluble, ultra-pure form of collagen that is safe, sustainable and commercially scalable.
  • The Company’s application, formulation and manufacturing competencies will be used to help customers develop and commercialize their own bio-fabricated products.

Edible Vegan Collagen

Geltor is a bio-design company that audaciously imagines and deeply explores all the possibilities that the tree of life has to offer. Geltor has created the largest selection of designer proteins that are crafted with unparalleled biocompatibility and functionality. These proteins are 100% animal- and GMO-free, globally scalable, and sustainably cultivated. Geltor’s products are the result of endless curiosity and ceaseless optimization, clinically demonstrated for high performance.

PrimaColl™ : Geltor launched the world’s first edible vegan collagen under the PrimaColl brand in the food and nutrition sector. The vegan collagen delivers greater potency in less volume and does not include secondary components common to animal-derived collagen.

It is the concentrated form of Type- 21 collagen (which contains a high concentration of glycine and proline, amino acids known to enable essential cell signalling, which helps activate additional collagen production in the body) which has high performance, and function and sustainability for different industrial applications. It is made up of microbes and renewable plant-based collagen. The nature-identical collagen is produced as a result of fermentation technology.

Emerging Trends

To overcome the associated issues of animal-based casings, various innovative and emerging ideas have been taken into the account. Some of them are as follows:

  • Increasing Vegan- diets: Vegetarian sausage collagen casing is the newest type of sausage skin, and they are 100% plant-based. Vegan sausage casing is usually made from proteins, carrageenan, water, glycerin, and starch. Most vegan casings in the market don’t contain allergens, gluten, or GMOs, for vegans on strict diets.
  • Alternatives to Collagen Casings: The use of collagen casing is now becoming a concern as it poses a health risk in individuals and also raises the issues of collagen stability in food processing. Alginate-based edible coatings and films attract interest for improving/maintaining quality and extending the shelf-life of fruit, vegetable, meat, poultry, seafood, and cheese by reducing dehydration and improving mechanical properties, etc.

Collagen Casings Market

The Collagen Casings Market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 5.9% from 2021 to 2028 to reach $2.04 billion by 2028. In terms of volume, the collagen casings market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 2.1% from 2021 to 2028 to reach 18.99 billion meters by 2028.

Collagen casings have undergone a tremendous amount of development and are now available in various shapes, sizes, and appearances; some of which nearly replicate natural sausage casings. Collagen casings are essential in the production of a variety of value-added or processed meat products.


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