Use all-natural Grande Festo to increase the yield of meat products by as much as 10% while improving quality, flavor, texture and visual appeal.

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Most ground and processed meat applications shrink in volume during the cooking process due to a loss of moisture and fat. Not only do consumers end up with less on their plates, the end result also lacks flavor, tenderness and visual appeal.

Grande Festo is an all-natural, clean-label ingredient that improves a product’s quality, flavor and yield, allowing consumers to get more for their money. In fact, a trained panel scored meat products containing Grande Festo hydrolyzed whey protein much higher for major sensory attributes compared to the control.

Grande Festo can reduce fat separation and increase yield in the following meat products:

  • Ground Beef, Pork & Poultry
  • Breakfast Sausages
  • Dinner Sausages
  • Hot Dogs
  • Bratwurst
  • Meatballs
  • Meatloaf
  • Patties and Burgers
  • And more!


Key Product Attributes

  • Improve yield, texture, mouthfeel and flavor
  • Doesn't fall under category of fillers and binders for meat ingredients
  • Minimize storage and handling requirements
  • Improve profits with a price-stable ingredient
  • Use in existing food production systems with ease
  • 18-month shelf life
  • Freeze-thaw stable


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Certifications & Labeling

  • SQF Certifications for Food Safety and Quality
  • USPH Grade A
  • USDA
  • EU
  • Kosher Dairy
  • Halal
  • Ingredient statement: “Hydrolyzed Whey Protein. Contains Milk.”


Frequently Asked Questions

All-natural Festo is derived from the cheesemaking process. The whey goes through a process of hydrolysis and is spray dried to remove water without the use of chemicals, resulting in a clean label manufacturing process.

When surveyed, roughly three out of four consumers indicate that hydrolyzed whey is a fine ingredient to include in meat products, and it is perceived as “clean label.”

At Grande Custom Ingredients Group, all of our products are made following a strict chain of custody and production process that uses zero chemical modifications, additives, preservatives or antibiotics. These all-natural and sustainable products are recognizable by consumers.

With Grande Festo, food manufacturers can achieve up to 10% higher yields in meat products compared to a control. Higher yields translate to higher profits. Because Grande Festo is a dry ingredient that is shelf-stable and requires no refrigeration, it helps to minimize energy use, storage costs and spoilage.

Because of Grande Festo’s proprietary process, it not only maintains a meat formulation’s natural consistency, it actually improves texture and mouthfeel when compared to other ingredients in a controlled study. Its ability to retain fat during the cooking process helps achieve a juicy, tender texture and mouthfeel while improving flavor.

Grande Festo is ideal for a variety of meat applications, including:

  • Frozen Entrees Containing Meat
  • Ground Beef, Pork and Poultry
  • Breakfast Sausages
  • Dinner Sausages
  • Hot Dogs
  • Bratwurst
  • Meatballs
  • Meatloaf
  • Patties and Burgers
  • And more!

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