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Plant-Forward Trends to Watch in 2022

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Being one step ahead and providing products that answer demands before competitors will help producers stay at the forefront of innovation. With this in mind, here is an overview of the plant-based trends for the next 12 months.

Flexitarians forward
Flexitarians are the new drivers of the plant-based revolution, underscores Adeline Saadi, senior manager, business development at CP Kelco.

Many shoppers are taking on a flexitarian approach to plant-based consumption, which means they’re trying to eat more plant-based foods and beverages versus removing animal-based proteins from their diets.

Next level alternatives
Moreover, Van Buren says the increased demand for plant-based offerings has spurred innovation in fermented, cell-based and 3D printed proteins.

New technology, processing and formulation advancements that help satisfy consumers’ clean label requirements, including shorter lists with recognizable ingredients, will be paramount in advancing alternative proteins this year.

Keeping up appearances 
Gareth Jones, protein sector specialist at Kalsec Europe, says that natural plant-based spices and extracts are essential in delivering the flavor and color of the food consumers are looking for, to substitute the animal protein products they would typically eat.

Nuts for snacking

The snacks category has continued to grow, with 56% of consumers snacking more since the start of the pandemic, combined with a 4.3% growth for new product introductions in the category globally in 2020 vs. 2019. Consumers look to snacks to fulfill a multitude of needs including wellness and convenience – all at varying times of day.

Egg replacements trending
Bourneau also anticipates innovation around replacing specific ingredients, such as eggs. This includes cleaner label meat alternatives and egg alternatives that can provide protein and help home chefs transform other recipes as well. Our goal should be to ensure consumers have abundant, affordable choices with no compromises in taste and texture.

Chairmans is proud to offer many plant-based alternatives for operations. Contact us today to learn more!

To learn more, visit Food Ingredients First.

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