2021’s Innovative Trends in Plant-Based Meats
Alternative meats are growing everywhere—from private label supermarket brands to fast food chains. Consumer interest in environmental sustainability, health, and culinary adventure continues to drive this category forward. Here’s a look at five trends in the meat alternatives category to watch in 2021:
1. Plant-Based Seafood
Many believe 2021 is the year for plant-based seafood. Following the news that Good Catch plant-based seafood (which includes tuna and crab cakes) is expanding across Europe, New Wave Foods announced its plans to launch a plant-based shrimp into U.S. foodservice this year. With Tyson Ventures as a key investor, New Wave Foods recently received $18 million to scale up production. Also this year, Schouten launched its Vegan Green Tuna.
2. Fast Food Tacos and Pizzas with Meatless Meat
The trend in fast food meatless meats is officially expanding beyond burgers. We’ve been watching as chains such as Burger King, Carl’s Jr., White Castle, and (more recently) McDonald’s embrace the plant-based burger. Now, Pizza Hut’s limited-time release of its Beyond Italian Sausage Pizza and the planned 2021 launch of Taco Bell’s Cravetarian Taco further expand consumers' grab-and-go plant-based options.