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The Plant Based World Expo, a beacon of innovation and transformation in the realm of sustainable living and dietary choices, recently concluded its most recent edition, leaving attendees and enthusiasts buzzing with excitement about the future of plant-based products. Held in a world where dietary preferences are shifting towards healthier, more environmentally friendly options, this expo played host to a vibrant array of exhibitors, experts, and enthusiasts who showcased the latest trends and innovations in plant-based living.
“Since 2019, we’ve been at the forefront of the plant-based food movement and our conference programming reflects the evolution and maturation of the industry,” said Ben Davis, Content Chair and Strategic Advisor at Plant Based World Expo. “We’re bringing together some of the most innovative and brightest minds in the plant-based industry to share their expertise and offer real-world case studies and best practices designed to help attendees successfully develop, source and distribute plant-based products, and gain insights they won’t find anywhere else.”
In this report, we delve into the highlights and key takeaways from the Plant-Based World Expo, revealing the trends that are poised to reshape the food industry, elevate our health-conscious choices, and contribute significantly to a more sustainable future.
You might know Jimmy The Green Giant for their Sea Moss Gel. Well, the company took that same gel and turned it into a decadent and delicious, while still highly nutritious Sea Moss Sorbet. This guilt-free superfood can be enjoyed any way you choose. Made with real, deep water Sea Moss, it has two hefty tablespoons in every serving. Now you can get all of the benefits of sea moss, like increased energy, digestive system support, glowing skin and more, in a delicious dessert.
Chookie believes good taste and good health should come naturally. The company's chewy, healthy cookies are made with indulgently good-for-you ingredients. You never have to wonder what’s up in each of their cookie bars. Made with plant-based, non-GMO ingredients that you don’t have to sound out, they have an oatmeal raisin flavor that will scratch any cookie itch.
Experts in traditional dairy, Plant Ahead took their expertise to create plant-based replacements that rival traditional cheeses in taste and texture. Plant Ahead cares about the environment and is dedicated to crafting mouthwatering cheese alternatives entirely from high-quality plant-based ingredients. With a strong commitment to sustainability, they create delicious cheeses that are not only allergen-free but also free from soy, gluten, and dairy. Plant Ahead takes pride in offering a diverse range of cheese options, including mozzarella, parmesan, feta, cream cheese, shredded cheeses and more.
Stockeld Dreamery is focused on creating the world’s most ambitious cheese, starting with their creamy spread. The spread has about 70% lower CO2 emissions impact compared to conventional dairy-based cream cheese, the company says. And it is still full of taste, creaminess and nutrition. After two years of R&D, the company is proud to introduce its 100% plant-based cream cheese based on fermented lentils and chickpeas.
KARANA makes meat from jackfruit because they love food that is good to eat and good to grow, and that adds more diversity to agriculture systems and diets. The company makes plant-based meat using ingredients that support biodiversity and healthy soil, are good for farmers, and can be crafted into delicious dishes across any cuisine. Their unique and simple ground is neutrally flavored for versatility from patties to meatballs and can be steamed, pan-fried, breaded and used in any ground meat dish as a plant-based option.
Caloless is bringing a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle to more people by providing delicious and top-quality low-calorie food worldwide. There offer two different product lines: NoodleZero Low-Calorie Meal Solution and Caloless Less Calorie Pasta. Their multi flavor ready-to-eat meals are a great substitute for a traditional meal. The products are low in carbohydrates and high in glucomannan, a type of fiber that has many health benefits, especially for people with dietary restrictions like diabetes and general weight loss goals.
Flavor Fresh Gourmet, a premium line of trending condiments and sauces, is part of the DYMA Brands portfolio of better-for-you options. The vegan and sugar-free products are first-of-their-kind within the single-serve category of the foodservice industry. Their pouches and cups are a delicious accompaniment to sandwiches, salads, vegetables, pretzels, and more. The sugar-free products are also great for keto-friendly menus!
RevoluGreen is starting a gastronomic revolution so you can eat dishes made with 100% plant-based protein that deliver beneficial nutrients and the taste you love. They offer a range of ready-to-eat products that will continue to grow in order to reduce CO₂ emissions and contribute to animal welfare. Conveniently enjoy Mediterranean style plant-based dishes like meatballs, noodles, burgers and more while doing good for the planet.
Meat and milk do not have to come from animals, and even better, they do not have to harm nature and our planet! Since 1988, NATURLI’ believes they should come from the best ingredients in nature. After leading the European market in plant-based beverages and spreads for over 35 years, NATURLI’ is introducing the U.S. market to their 100% plant-based products that are a true replacement for traditional butter in terms of taste and texture, while boasting the added environmental benefits.
Green Boy Group provides plant-based, non-GMO and organic food ingredients for manufacturers and a retail line of plant-based protein powders for consumers. Green Boy Protein powders are gluten free, grain free, plant based and made from legumes (beans). Each of their powders is a Protein Isolate, which means the protein has been isolated from the starch and fiber content from the bean and is now a 'pure' (80-90%) protein powder. They stay away from adding ingredients that alter their neutral flavor and simple functionality, leaving their powders truly with just one ingredient.
Seaweed is one of the world's most sustainable crops. It doesn’t needs fertilizers, fresh water and it removes CO2 from our oceans. Nora Snacks has perfected the seaweed tempura chop. Treat yourself to that added crunch and umami goodness. The reusable snack packs provide a barrier to keep out light and moisture. Just rinse and reuse as a planter or container for your coffee beans.
Tahini is a delicious and nutritious paste made from toasted sesame seeds, and Fun Sesames offers a unique family blend that is sure to delight taste buds. Made with the simplest of ingredients, their tahini sauce is a harmonious blend of rich sesame paste, zesty lemon juice, and a selection of aromatic spices. It's the perfect balance of flavors that elevates any dish to new heights of culinary delight.
Whether you need a quick breakfast treat, a midday pick-me-up, or a late-night snack, C'est Lä Vé's savory, well-balanced vegan charcuterie packs have you covered. The single-serve, snack-sized packs are made with plant-based ingredients and are compostable, so you can snack guilt-free.
On a relentless quest to outcompete animal agriculture on price, scale and efficiency, Chunk is a delicious, tender piece of meat made from 100% plants. Pan sear, baste, grill, smoke or stew: Chunk™ does it all! It easily replaces beef in all your favorite recipes and it cooks perfectly every time. With 25 grams of protein, no cholesterol or GMOs, there’s no better choice for you and the planet. Add Chunk to your menu.
“The plant-based industry has grown at lightning speed since we launched the first Plant Based World in 2019," said Davis. "Each year, we’ve grown and evolved to meet the demand and to showcase the next wave of innovative and accessible products. PBW continues to be the must-attend industry event where buyers learn about the latest plant-based foods and beverages and where the next era of plant-based begins."
As we reflect on the insights and innovations unveiled during this remarkable event, it's clear that the plant-based movement is not merely a trend but a seismic shift in our approach to food, health, and sustainability. From mouthwatering plant-based alternatives to the promotion of ethical and sustainable practices, this expo reaffirmed the growing awareness and commitment towards a more compassionate and eco-conscious world. The Plant Based World Expo stands as a beacon of hope, pointing the way towards a future where our dietary choices align with the well-being of both ourselves and our planet.
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