The surge in 100% plant-based protein products and flexitarian (incorporating animal and plant protein) products is not a trend, it is here to stay. Plant-based protein is now a multi-billion-dollar industry that is growing at a rate of over 20% per year.
Whether it be for health, environmental or personal reasons, consumers are incorporating more plant-based or flexitarian items into their diets. Major food companies are continuously introducing new products on both the retail and foodservice levels to keep up with consumer demand.
Plant-based burgers are the most familiar products to consumers. However, the range of product offerings are rapidly expanding and new products are appearing on the grocery store shelves and restaurant menus weekly. One thing that is consistent; taste and texture are still the most important attributes to consumers.
Advanced Food Systems Inc. (AFS) offers ingredient systems for all varieties of plant-based products. Since no two products or customer requirements are alike, these ingredient systems are custom formulated for each application to provide the best texture, flavor and meet ingredient or allergen specifications.
In addition, AFS develops these ingredients based on your processing capabilities, striving to keep the process as simple and streamlined as possible.