The plant-based foods found in 48% of restaurants across America
New research points to plant-based continued growth in American restaurants. According to new data release by the Plant-based Foods Association and food and beverage market research powerhouse Datassential, Plant-based foods are now found in 48% of restaurants across the U.S., and this number has grown steadily–without decline–over the past decade. Growing from around 30% in 2012.
The data gathered for the State of the Plant-Based Food Service Report also found that four times as many foodservice operators plan to add more plant-based meat options to their menus in 2023, rather than reduce them. 60% of operators say plant-based meat is a long-term trend.
“Plant based foods are the arm of innovation for food service operators and a key opportunity to engage a new segment of consumers looking for a variety of plant-based options,” PBFA Director of Marketplace Development, Foodservice Hannah Lopez said in a news release. “This research lays the foundation for how plant-based foods can be implemented to optimize overall brand strategy of food service establishments.”
What about pizzerias?
The national data tracks with our own data released in December 2022. In an extensive survey, we asked over 750 pizzeria operators from across the country about their operations including menu and sales trends. While not yet on the Top 20, plant-based meats and cheeses are one of the biggest hot trends in pizza toppings. Plant-based ingredients are becoming mainstream on pizza menus. Plant-based meats and cheeses are the top new toppings pizzeria operators have introduced over the past year. According to our survey, plant-based options were also the most researched and tested new item over the past year. Read the State of the Pizzeria Industry.
The rise of plant-based foods appearing at International Pizza Expo has grown exponentially in the past few years with the launch of several new plant-based meat and cheese alternatives.
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