The food space has been undergoing a significant shift in the past few years, driven by changing consumer behavior and a new crop of food companies that are looking to reimagine food as we know it. Plant-based proteins are on the rise and dairy-free milks are rapidly becoming a staple in a large number of American homes. The plant-based foods sector has reached $3.5 billion with an 8.7% growth rate in the past two years. We are in the early stages of the development of a whole new food sub-sector that has the power to shape our food system into a more sustainable and just one. But this new economy lacks the essential building blocks, namely definition and structure that can help accelerate its growth.
To meet this need and be a catalyst for this new industry, I am excited to launch a new project on One Green Planet called “Future of Food” that showcases the rise of a food ecosystem dominated by sustainable, vegan products. The page (onegreenplanet.org/future-of-food) is going to function as a one-stop-shop, highlighting consumer insights, market trends, new product launches, news and opinions from leaders in the space, and much more.
We’re also unveiling a snapshot of the new food ecosystem in the graphic below. It captures a constellation of product categories and brands that comprise this rising ecosystem, along with key players in the space.
As the world population grows to nine billion by 2050, more food will have to be produced globally over the next 40 years than has been during the past 10,000 years combined. This is why finding solutions to feeding everyone on the planet in a sustainable way is coming to the fore as the most pressing issue of our time. Not only does this rising food economy present an enormous financial opportunity to disrupt the current food system, it also offers a real beacon of hope when it comes to feeding our planet’s growing population in an equitable and sustainable way.
Join us and let’s kickstart the first page in the story that will propel us into the future of food dominated by sustainable, plant-based products. Click on the graphic below for more information and email [email protected] if you’d like to get involved or have your brand featured.
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