It’s been a week since Expo East and as I review my notes, photos and materials—as well as catch up on the couple hundred press releases I received this past week on new product rollouts (across all food and beverage)—a few things have become very apparent. Real dairy, real eggs and real meat are not going away. Alternative dairy, alternative eggs and alternative meat are not going away. What is going away, slowly but surely, are nutrient-void, overly processed, unsustainable and “yucky-tasting” products in both the real and alternative sector.
When I say yucky, I am being kind. There were many yucky alternatives sampled at Expo East. I’m showing my age with this Valley Girl phrase, “gag me with a spoon,” but yes, I gagged and spit. But, there were also some very yummy alternatives. And here’s the interesting angle, they were from dairy companies.
Sales across the natural and organic products industry increased this past year and there’s room for growth and innovation, for both the real deal and plant-based alternatives. To read more about innovations showcased at Expo East, link HERE to read “Expo East: The real deal vs. plant alternatives,” a column I wrote for Food Business News.
If you missed last week’s blog titled “Natural Products Expo East: Dairy is doubling down in the natural and organic segment. Read about the opportunities,” link HERE. One of those opportunities is plant-based products.