In recent years, there has been a global shift towards healthy eating, which has led to a rise in consumer interest in plant-based meat alternatives and plant-based diets.
However, this increase has not only been driven by a rise in vegetarianism and veganism, but a steep increase in consumers adopting a flexitarian diet, in which they are choosing to eat less meat and more plant-based substitutes but not cut meat out of their diet completely. According to the US state of the industry report by GFI, in 2019, there was a 31% increase in the retail sales of plant-based meat substitutes as compared to only 5% for actual meat products. The good news is that the increased interest in finding plant- based meat alternatives presents amazing opportunities for the F&B industry and we explore some of these in this issue.
Read all about the increasing opportunities for creating plant-based meat alternatives on Page 12. We also have all the latest technology to help you embark on your plant-based manufacturing journey.
In other exciting news, Brenntag announced the opening of their new Food Application and Development Centre (FA&DC) in Johannesburg. Find out more about the ‘Heart of Africa’ on Page 20.
The introduction of Tetra Pak’s new low-energy juices, nectar and still drinks (JNSD) line is helping manufacturers lower their operating cost and create a more sustainable world. Learn about this novel approach on Page 31.
Finding sustainable packaging solutions has become a key part of food and beverage production as the world moves towards finding ways to better protect the environment. Avery Dennison worked hand- in-glove with Rotolabel to demonstrate
to Woolworths how their award-winning CleanFlake adhesive technology could improve the sustainability of Woolworths’ private label juice bottles on Page 36.
Plus, we also highlight some of the entrants into the Food Review/Symrise New Product Competition 2020/21 that will be taking place later this year on Page 10. Be sure to look out for the rest of the entries in next month’s issue of