In the past couple years, it’s been impossible to come across a food blog that didn’t mention plant-based burgers. Instead of dying down, the plant-based food trend has entered a new phase where meatless burger patties are far from the only vegan items on the menu.
Everything from climate change to growing interest in functional diets is increasing demand for plant-based foods and beverages. Let’s look at how the phenomenon is moving forward.
Plant Protein Power
According to Technomic Ignite, plant-based protein is poised to grow about 35 percent on menus by the end of 2022 with more varieties hitting menus. Alternatives to chicken, eggs, pork, crab, and more are showing up across restaurants.
The applications for plant-based protein are endless. With plant-based breakfast sausage already a mainstay, it only makes sense to add egg alternatives as an accompaniment. Chicken wings are still a hot item; a meat-free version can appeal to vegan or flexitarian consumers. According to Datassential, seafood alternatives will also be making waves this year.
But consumers are looking beyond substituting meat and animal products. They want functional ingredients that can improve their overall health. Chickpeas are becoming a popular source of protein, fiber, and vitamins. Roasted chickpeas make a great bar snack, chickpea flour can be used in pizza crust, and chickpea meat substitutes can be used for everything from tacos to Sloppy Joes.