Try plant-based foods in the New Year
With the glow of Christmas barely behind us, we look forward to the new year and the customary New Year’s resolutions: reduce social media, reduce weight, and, this year, reduce animal food consumption.
One third of consumers already report reducing their consumption of animal foods. Hundreds of school, college, hospital, and corporate cafeterias have embraced Meatless Monday. Even fast-food chains are rolling out plant-based options.
A dozen start-ups are creating healthy, ecofriendly, compassionate, convenient, delicious plant-based meat and dairy products. Meat industry giants have invested heavily in plantbased meat development. So have a number of Microsoft, Google, Twitter, and PayPal pioneers.
According to PlantBased Foods Association, plant-based food sales have grown by 20% in the past year, ten times the growth rate of all foods. Sales of plantbased cheeses, creamers, butter, yogurts, and ice creams are exploding at a 50% growth rate. Plant-based milks now account for 15% of the milk market.
The plant-based New Year’s resolution requires no sweat or deprivation — just some fun exploration of your favorite supermarket and food websites.
– Ron Henderson, Rock Hill