Plant-Based: A 2017 Top Global Food Trend

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Plant-based eating has been in the spotlight recently, from being named the hottest trend in fast-casual food to making the menu at this year’s World Health Summit.

Plants are no longer a side dish, and market research firm Mintel is taking note, including plant-based foods in its annual report on global food and drink trends this year. According to the report, “The preference for natural, simple and flexible diets will drive further expansion of vegetarian, vegan and other plant-focused formulations.”

QSR magazine seems to agree, highlighting plant-based’s booming popularity in the fast-food industry, mentioning popular restaurants and chains Veggie Grill, by Chloe, Sweetgreen, DC’s Shouk and others. It’s becoming increasingly easier to find a quick and delicious vegan meal just about anywhere in the country.

“Having been little more than an afterthought in the history of the limited-service restaurant industry, plant-based proteins today are increasingly becoming an integral ingredient in many menus. Led by a desire for sustainability and more healthful eating, Americans are discovering they can get plenty of protein without eating meat or seafood,” writes QSR.

More consumers as well as companies are realizing the many reasons to fill our plates with plants — from saving animals, to protecting our health, to reducing our environmental footprint. We can help you get started today at

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