Jesse Schultz
Jesse Schultz
Project Manager

Jesse works with Stellar’s Food and Beverage Process Engineering group and has led multiple projects with both large and small customers. These have ranged from pilot programs and remodeling to full-scale greenfield plant builds. 

How to Capitalize on the Demand for Plant-based Foods

5 questions to ask when growing your meat-free manufacturing business

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How to Capitalize on the Demand for Plant-based Foods

In case you missed the memo: Plant-based diets and meat alternatives are on the rise. U.S. sales of plant-based “meats” jumped 42% between March 2016 and March 2019 to a total of $888 million, according to Nielsen. Traditional meat sales only rose 1% to $85 billion in that same time frame.

Plant-based food manufacturers aren’t just targeting vegan and vegetarian consumers, either. Sales of meat alternatives are also being driven by an increasing number of “flexitarians” who are incorporating more plant-based foods into their meat-eating diets.

In fact, nearly 90% of the people eating non-meat burgers are not vegetarian or vegan.

Thanks to all of this buzz, what was once just a niche market has now become more crowded. That means manufacturers of plant-based proteins and other animal-free foods are being forced to rethink how they can scale and remain competitive.

Let’s look at five questions plant-based food manufacturers should ask if they want to grow while staying cost-conscious.