Collagen is the basis of the connective tissue found in all mammals. In humans, it is the most abundant protein in the body and provides the infrastructure of the musculoskeletal system, which is essential for mobility.
Casings made from collagen typically come from a layer of beef hide. The collagen is removed and refined and formed into a tubular casing for filling of meat intended to be sausage as well as snack sticks.
|Bill McGowan, commercial director for the Americas, Devro|
“As a manufactured product, the supply of collagen is constant and it’s not subject to the price fluctuations of commodities, such as intestines,” McGowan said. “Because it’s physically uniform it’s easier to store. For the same reason, collagen-encased sausages are easier and cheaper to package, and that has helped us build our reputation as the global leader of edible collagen products and services.”
“Collagen is extremely versatile,” McGowan said. “There’s virtually no sausage it can’t accommodate. Our customers use collagen casings for fresh, processed, smoked and dried sausages in a huge variety of length and diameter.”