Seeking Natural Gelatin Substitute that Meets Kosher & Halal Requirements

Background / Description

Gelatin—a protein product made from animal-based collagen—is used in multiple food applications because of its extraordinary functional properties. However, it has limited consumer acceptance in some countries and there is currently no vegetarian-based alternative that can perfectly replicate the thickening and gelling properties of gelatin.

In particular, the existing vegetarian alternatives are unable to produce the creamy, aerated texture when used as an aerating additive for cream cheese, without increasing protein and fat. Neither can it be successfully used as a gelling agent in products like jelly candies.

A leading snacks company is seeking a plant-based natural gelatin substitute that can meet Kosher/halal requirements. The solution must have the same texture building properties as standard gelatin, and be suitable for aerating and as an additive for dairy or other sweet applications.

Technical Specifications

The solution sought must meet the following specifications:

  • Naturally sourced, novel sources
  • Neutral tasting
  • Same gelling or aeration properties of gelatin at comparable temperatures or other established processing conditions
  • Parity quality as finished goods 
  • FDA approved
  • Affordable – less than €6/kg
  • No significant limitations in sourcing, or readily and fully scalable


Possible approaches include:

  • Cultivated, edible plant sources for novel functional proteins, fibres or hydrocolloids
  • State-of-art technologies to provide robust food grade quality and quantity
  • Proteins extracted with physical processes

What we are not interested in

The company is not interested in ingredients that:

  • Do not have the full and unequivocal FDA approval
  • Cannot be claimed as natural ingredient
  • Solutions from plants that are heavily chemically treated for protein extraction

Preferred Business Model

  • R&D Collaboration
  • Licensing
  • IP Acquisition
  • Business Collaboration (Joint Venture, Distribution)

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