According to a report by Innova Market Insights, plant-based products and ingredients are becoming more and more popular. This is more than likely due to the fact that consumers are growing increasingly more interested in sustainability, their overall health, and ethics.

Just for a little deeper look into this report, Innova found that within the food and beverage market, plant-based product claims accelerated to a 62% growth nationwide from the year 2013 to 2017. The biggest increases were found in industries involving plant proteins, herbs and seasonings, food coloring, sweeteners, and active botanicals.

Another market within the plant-based food realm that has really taken off is the alternative dairy industry. Director of Innovation at Innova, Lu Ann Williams, says that this market has benefitted off of the vegan trend as traditional dairy brands are beginning to create non-dairy options. It seems that by 2018, dairy alternatives, especially non-dairy beverages, will be dominating the market, bringing in roughly 16.3 billion US dollars.

In addition, the alternative meat market is also stirring up a lot of commotion. With consumers becoming increasingly more interested in cutting out their meat intake significantly or all together, global sales in this industry are expected to bring in 4.2 billion US dollars in sales by 2022.

There seems to be a general shift towards a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle as of late, as well as a growing concern for animal welfare. In direct correlation, plant-based product development has seen an 11% yearly growth rate since 2013!

Craving some plant-based goodness?

If you are new to a vegan lifestyle, sometimes a little recipe inspiration is all you need! For some tasty vegan recipes utilizing dairy and meat alternatives, check out these suggestions from our Food Monster App.

Pasta Carbonara

Usually, Pasta Carbonara is extremely rich and heavy, but this dairy-free recipe is rather light without lacking in flavor. The cream sauce is made with a vegan cheese spread, white wine, and vegan butter.

Better Than Steak Tacos

These “steak” tacos are made with portobello mushrooms that have been cooked with a zesty blend of spices and then topped with an avocado cream sauce. You’ll be sure to go back for seconds, and possibly thirds!

Maple Sriracha Tempeh Bacon BLT with Creamy Dill Mayo

This Tempeh BLT is perfect to pack on a picnic or a day at the beach. The tempeh bacon is super hearty and savory, and the dill mayo adds a delectable creaminess to this classic BLT.

For more vegan food news, we recommend downloading our Food Monster App, for quick, convenient recipes which is available for both Android and iPhone and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 10,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to new recipes every day. Check it out!

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