New York City’s Javits Center welcomed the Plant Based World Expo yesterday (Dec. 9), and continues until the end of today. This is only the second installment of this trade fair in North America, with the first one having taken place in June 2019. Proof of vaccination and masks required at all times, unless tasting a sample, the expo was packed. Innovations from brands were plentiful and a number of suppliers also exhibited in efforts to assist entrepreneurs with getting their concept to market. This included today’s blog sponsor, Lycored, which offers a number of plant-based coloring solutions that have application in dairy and meat alternatives, as well as other plant-based products, including condiments and desserts. Thank you Lycored. Visit them at booth #553.
Like with many expos, I sampled, selectively, and focused on the plant-based products intended to replace dairy products such as butter, cheese, ice cream, milk and yogurt. I also found the Opening Keynote session--Growth of the Plant-Based Industry—extremely informative, as it shared perspectives from retail and foodservice. Here are 10 Take Aways.