Stir It Up Plant Based Menu Solutions Guide

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We are pleased to announce the arrival of this plant based menu solutions guide for all Foodservice sectors. Offering tips, advice, inspiration, trends and statistics to aid you in the right decisions and offerings for your establishment and customers.

According to global data, 70% of the world's population are reducing or eliminating their meat intake. It's time to action this statistic by adding more plant-based options to your menu. It's not just vegans and vegetarians who are driving this trend, consumers nationwide are reducing the amount of meat in their diets as part of the broader clean living, health-focused lifestyle trend.

This has been made apparent during the Covid- 19 pandemic, with restrictions and lockdowns put in place and lifestyles slowing down, 1 in 5 consumers during 2020 have cut back their meat consumption with a focus of looking after yourself and wellbeing.

Our range of plant based ingredients and finished offerings increase monthly, take a look at the products suitable for vegans here

Key Facts and Statistics 

  • According to global data, 70% of the world's population are reducing or eliminating their meat intake.
  • Sales of meat free foods have grown by 40% from 582 million in 2014, to an estimated 816 million in 2019. Mintel predicts that sales are expected to be in excess of 1.1 billion by 2024.
  • Covid-19 has been such a driving force that according to the latest Mintel report, 25% of people ages 21-30 felt that the pandemic has made a vegan diet more appealing.
  • The main major drivers for people taking part in Veganuary 2019 were: Health 47%, Animal welfare 34%, environment 12%
  • Millennials are recorded to be the largest consumer group of plant based products, with nearly 80% having purchased meat-free options.
  • There was a 187% increase in Deliveroo vegan orders in 2020.

Why Plant Based?

Top tips for success with plant power dishes.

  1. Grow your customer base. By showing you offer vegan meals helps to appeal to a broader market and captures, vegans, vegetarians, and a number of flexitarians.
  2. Sales, Sales, Sales! A new customer base means more turnover for your business.
  3. Retain Existing Customers. Don't give your regular customers a reason to go elsewhere as they start to change their eating habits.
  4. Increased Group Bookings. You increase the chances of winning large group bookings when you can cater to a variety of dietary requirements.
  5. Improved Sustainability Credentials. Having plant-based meals can enhance sustainability in the food chain which is a key consideration for all generations.

Whether you're catering for residents in a care home, pupils or students in an education setting or consumers in the hospitality sector, your customer requires a range of delicious and customisable options suited to their needs.

Read the Plant Based Guide here.

Written by Thomas Ridley FoodService
Thomas Ridley FoodService
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