Nick Roskelly is a thirteen-year veteran of the food and beverage industry, beginning his editorial career in 2001. After covering new product trends for seven years, Roskelly went on to develop an array of digital media products for B2B brands spanning food categories. Today, he focuses on relaying new food and beverage product information through various forms of digital media. Send your news and new products releases to Nick.
Alternative proteins, which include cultivated, plant-based, and fermentation-derived proteins, represent an opportunity to reduce risks and improve the efficiency of meat production, while offering consumers the meat-eating experience they crave. Rethinking how meat is made can decrease emissions, protect human health, ensure food security for all, and maintain and improve biodiversity. Good Food Institute
is calling on governments around the world to invest $10 billion each year in R&D and commercialization to deliver the full benefits of protein diversification.
With more than 100,000 internet searches per month for “vegan recipes” and “vegetarian recipes”, it’s clear there is high demand for plant-based meals. The survey found that 52% of adults are vegan-curious and illustrated consumers’ desire for time-saving solutions to preparing plant-forward dishes. In fact, 56% of adults said they want shortcuts to plant-based meals.
By now, we've all read about the surge in home-cooking. Spending more time at home during the pandemic has provided the context for consumers to explore the food preparation spectrum, from making soups and casseroles to researching global foods and flavors and of course making a valiant attempt at baking.
This year, a majority of consumers who want to go out for a romantic dinner will not be able to do so. Some will order specialty dishes from their favorite local restaurants, but a great many will scour the internet for the perfect recipe, compile a shopping list, purchase ingredients (perhaps online for home delivery), and set off to prepare a meal at home.
According to the International Food Information Council’s 2020 Food & Health Survey, 85% of Americans have made at least some change in the food they eat or how they prepare it because of the coronavirus pandemic. Do we expect consumers to return to pre-pandemic behaviors?
By the time I finish writing this sentence, I imagine another industry trade show will have been cancelled. In my 20 years of covering the food and beverage industry, I have never witnessed such widespread disruption to business. I don’t believe any among us have been left unaffected by the current crisis.
As the COVID-19 crisis continues to unfold around the world, food and beverage manufacturers have maintained sound economic footing due to acute consumer demand for a broad range of food and beverage products.