Plant-based innovation alive and thriving at Expo West

Author:Monica Watrous
Source: Food Business News

Plant-based food and beverage sales in the past year exceeded $3.7 billion in the United States, rising 17% over the prior year, according to data from the Good Food Institute. Driving the market for meat, dairy and egg replacements are products positioned not for vegans or vegetarians but for the mainstream population, said Caroline Bushnell, associate director of corporate engagement at the Washington-based Good Food Institute. “Thirty per cent or about a third of consumers are actively trying to reduce their meat consumption, but they don’t want to sacrifice taste,” Ms. Bushnell said during a presentation at Natural Products Expo West, held March 5-9 in Anaheim