On Thursday, September 5th, PlantBased Solutions founder and CEO David Benzaquen was interviewed on the Marilu Henner radio show. You can now listen to the segment online at http://www.gcnlive.com/programs/mariLu/archives.php. To find the segment, click on “September 2013″ and then select “September 5, 2013 (Hour 3).” If you have a question that didn’t get answered on the show, please reach out to us at email@example.com.
The demand for meat alternatives such as tofu, tempeh and seitan typically embraced by vegetarians is now growing among meat eaters. In new research released this month from Mintel, 36% of consumers use meat alternatives, however only 7% identify themselves as vegetarian. “This data suggests that participation in the alternative meat category stretches far beyond necessity, and creates an opportunity for future growth based on the product’s ability to meet general consumer food interest, such as health, variety and convenience,” says Beth Bloom, food and drink analyst at Mintel. The findings reflect the increasing number of flexitarians and the growing trend toward eating a more plant-based diet. Currently, 17% of Americans report eating vegetarian meals more than half the time. As consumers are becoming more health and environmentally conscious, it is not just vegetarians or vegans who are seeking out plant-based meat alternatives.
On Friday, August 2nd, the Food and Drug Administration set new guidelines on products labeled as “gluten-free.” The standards require that any food claiming to be “gluten-free,” “no gluten,” “free of gluten,” or “without gluten” must contain less than 20 parts per million of the ingredient. As the numbers of people being identified as having celiac disease or being gluten intolerant increases dramatically, the gluten-free industry is now valued at over $4 billion.
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