Plant-based dishes appeal to a broad array of diners

In recent years, with more consumers adopting vegan and vegetarian diets, plant-based dishes have steadily gained menu real estate. However, it looks like the increased demand comes from a general shift towards healthy eating, rather than from vegans or vegetarians. RELATED: Consumers say plant-based diets are here to stay Recently, 29 per cent of consumers […]

Restaurant menus reflect consumer demand for more protein and protein-alternatives

If protein is getting more real estate on your menu, you’re right on-trend. From premium to plant-based, consumer demand for protein is high, as rising costs and labour shortages have restaurateurs adjusting their menus. Technomic’s recent report takes a closer at customer preferences and which proteins are topping the charts. In the health food category, […]

Are consumers going full steam ahead with plant-based protein?

With plant-based protein gaining momentum in the marketplace, retailers have got their eye on product performance. Studies show that plant-based diets are gaining popularity, with retailers struggling to catch up with growing demand. Plant-based eating is rapidly becoming the norm, with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) predicting that total protein production will double, […]

Health, environmental consciousness driving plant-based demand

Consumers’ physical health goals and concerns about the environment continue to be the leading factors in driving demand for plant-based food. That’s according to the new “2022 Plant-Forward Opportunity” report from Datassential in collaboration with The Culinary Institute of America, Food for Climate League, and the Menus of Change University Research Collaborative. The research found that more than one in […]

Plant-based meals are now a menu must-have

By Riana Topan The skyrocketing interest in plant-based meals has moved the industry from a “trend” to a global movement, and the growing market shows no signs of slowing down. Canadian consumers have demonstrated a consistent appetite for plant-based options, especially plant-based proteins, in recent years, with over 6.4 million people reducing or eliminating their […]

Plant-based proteins still more expensive amid soaring cost of meat

Plant-based proteins have many benefits, not least an often comparatively reduced toll on the planet and the environment, but does their pricing limit their accessibility? A new report has found that plant-based proteins are still generally more expensive than meat products despite the soaring cost of much meat in recent months. The Agri-Food Analytics Lab at […]

Canadian plant-based ecosystem uniting to strengthen regulatory system

The Canadian plant-based food and ingredients sector is continually evolving as it grows to meet the increasing global demand for protein. To ensure that this evolution is matched by a modern and supportive regulatory system, Protein Industries Canada is partnering with Pulse Canada, Plant-Based Foods of Canada, and Loblaw to examine Canadian regulations related to […]

Debunking myths: Plant-based foods are the way of the future

By Riana Topan As anyone in the food industry knows, consumer interest in plant-based foods has skyrocketed in recent years. The space is exploding, with new products and technologies emerging every week. But even as the ethical, environmental, and health benefits of eating more plants become widely known, myths and misinformation continue to circulate. One […]

Plant-based infrastructure falls way short of predicted demand, finds GFI

Plant-based products and meat alternatives have been hot commodities for consumers for some years now. Both restaurants and consumer packaged goods sellers have ramped up their sourcing and prediction to meet the demand, which is born out of numerous factors such as the quest for health and reduced environmental impact, the price of meat, and […]

New partnership boosts Canada’s plant-based cheese market

Protein Industries Canada (PIC) has announced a new project to boost Canada’s plant-based cheese market. The partnership will leverage the combined strengths of Lumi Foods, Winecrush Technology, and Save-On-Foods to develop new plant-based cheese products, as well as give them more prominent placement in grocery stores across the country. The initiative will take advantage of Lumi Foods’ cultured cheesemaking methods to […]