With the rise in flexitarian eating, which sees more consumers who don’t identify as strictly vegan or vegetarian
choosing meatless and dairy-free options for some eating
occasions, “plant-based” is a more inclusive term, she says.
Planting Local Seeds
A look at the rising stars in the foodservice landscape
reveals the importance of plant-based foods that are
well-prepared and from familiar sources. “Overall,
vegetable-forward limited-service restaurants, such as
Sweetgreen, Chop’t, Tender Greens and Cava Grill, are
a promising category that experienced solid growth in
2017,” Yonke of Technomic says.
“Striving to be healthier is a key purchase driver when
it comes to plant-based options, so claims like ‘local’ and
‘organic’ ladder up to that nicely and fit those lifestyle
choices,” he says.
Consider Los Angeles-based Sweetgreen, which has
consumers lining up around the block for its plant-fo-cused scratch cooking with an emphasis on transparency,
sustainability and locally sourced ingredients.
Meanwhile, Chop’t, a New York-based purveyor of salads and bowls, says on its website, “When it comes to sup-
What’s Planted on Menus?
Technomic finds that younger consumers (18- to 34-year-olds)
are driving plant-based foodservice consumption.
What plant-based dishes are viewed as chart toppers on
today’s foodservice menus? “We see vegetable dishes like tofu
entrees and vegetable platters being increasingly offered by
operators,” says Bret Yonke, manager of consumer insights for
Technomic. “Mixed vegetable dishes also continue to be popular
Wegmans of Rochester, N. Y., which has long offered plant-
based foods in its prepared foods and deli departments, is
getting play on social media for its tasty tofu creations and more.
With nearly 3,000 followers, Vegan
Wegmans Instagram invites folks to post
their vegan and vegetarian favorites
with #veganwegmans. Some of the
items making the list are Wegmans
Tofu and Tempeh Power Meal,
Wegmans Tofu With Ginger Sauce,
Wegmans Garden Vegetable Roll
with quinoa brown rice and veggies,
and Wegmans Vegetarian Chili.
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