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The Explosive Growth of Plant-Based Meals & Snacks
MAINSTREAM AVAILABILITY OF PLANT-BASED MEALS & SNACKS
Plant-based and vegan choices were once only available in niche markets and cafes. Today, that has changed entirely with chains as widely recognized as Burger King and Carl's Jr. touting plant-based, vegan choices and shelves of nearly every supermarket chain dedicated to products that adhere to the plant-based lifestyle. In August 2019, Burger King introduced the "Impossible"
Across North America today, you can find hearty plant-based options almost everywhere – from fast food to fine dining, supermarkets to ready-meal subscription services. Plant-based choices are more widely available and accessible than ever before.
HEALTH-CONSCIOUS CHOICES DRIVE SECTOR GROWTH
Call it strange luck for the plant-based meals and snacks industry but the universally unlucky COVID pandemic seems to have played a significant role in the plant-based boom. As people found themselves, generally, with more time at home to cook, challenged to find some of the items they were regularly accustomed to eating at their local grocer, and with a near-constant focus on maintaining health and building immunity – they started to reach for plant-based options.
The health benefits of plant-based choices include lowered risk of heart disease, decreased chronic inflammation, lessened risk of diabetes, cancer, and even a decreased risk of severe COVID-19 as reported by Harvard Medical School.
LOWER ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT IS DRIVING PLANT-BASED CHOICES
As the globe grapples with environmental phenomena like crippling wildfires, rising seas, and erosion the focus on climate change and adopting policies and lifestyles that work to combat it, has taken center stage. Wide adoption of plant-based choices and lifestyles will reduce greenhouse gasses and conserve both water and land.
WHICH DC NORRIS EQUIPMENT IS BEING USED TO PRODUCE PLANT-BASED MEALS & SNACKS?
Our portfolio boasts equipment that is being used around the globe to produce plant-based meals and snacks. Many of our systems have been designed to increase the nutrition profile and health of foods by eliminating the need for additives, oils, and fats – many of which are animal-based. This makes producing plant-based options that appeal to those who don't adhere to a vegan lifestyle possible and profitable.
See video of our recent plant-based trials on DC Norris equipment: https://www.dcnorrisna.com/
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