VERSATILE FAT

Centuries ago it was no secret: animal fat is a valuable ingredient, rich in energy and taste. Moreover, it can be used in various products...

28-09-2020

Centuries ago it was no secret: animal fat is a valuable ingredient, rich in energy and taste. Moreover, it can be used in various products. As a result, the 2.5 million tonnes of animal fat produced in the European Union each year are eagerly sought after by a wide range of customers. From flavour enhancers in dishes to the (partial) replacement of fossil raw materials and palm oil, animal fat can be found as a valuable raw material in everyday life in both recognisable and unrecognisable form.

From trimmings to raw material

We produce veal in accordance with the wishes of our customers. Meat cuts are split, divided and trimmed, which is known as cutting. The instructions given to our cutters range from a whole topside or veal fillet to a row of ribs or a single loin. During the trimming of the various meat cuts, all the trimmings are kept and then carefully separated and collected. So is the fat. From our veal processing companies, the veal fat then finds its way to fat smelters or companies within the food industry that process it further.

Rendering

Before animal fat can be used as raw material in new products, a process must take place in which the liquid component is separated from the solid component. This process is called rendering and is carried out by heating at 90°C. Both components have value, but they are used differently and also have different processing steps.

The solid component is sterilised after the separation process, making the food safe. It contains a lot of protein, which makes it very suitable for both human consumption and animal feed. The liquid part has to undergo a number of different processing steps after the separation process. By filtering, deacidifying and splitting, a high-quality fat is created that is then processed into food and non-food products.

Greaves – popularly called cracklings – are made from the solid component of animal fats. In traditional Dutch cuisine, people eat cracklings hot or cold with some salt sprinkled on rye bread or brown bread. They also add real flavour when added to stamppot (mash pot).

What's it in?

The food industry incorporates most of the animal fat into numerous products because of its importance to taste, texture and shelf life. Animal feed producers also process it into products for the same reason.

 

MILLIONS OF KILOMETERS ARE DRIVEN EVERY YEAR THANKS TO A BY-PRODUCT LIKE ANIMAL FAT.

 

 Furthermore, producers of care products and even the petrochemical industry are buyers of animal fat. Fat provides lubrication, but also enhances the cleansing and foaming power of care products such as shampoo, skin cream, make-up and soap. That is why in certain products it is a useful alternative to palm oil.

Animal fat is suitable as a raw material for paints, anti-freeze agents and adhesive. With a number of additional processing steps, animal fat can even partially replace fossil raw materials. For this purpose, it is used as a component for biofuel, which has lower CO2 emissions than regular fuel. As a result, millions of kilometers are driven every year thanks to a by-product like animal fat.

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