Each day brings dozens of headlines noting that plant-based products are effectively taking over the market. Even meat giants like Cargill are stepping into the ring, debuting its new private label plant-based patties and ground products. The new line is set to hit retailers and foodservice operators in early April.
"We've created some of the best tasting products available in the plant-based category today," said Elizabeth Gutschenritter, Managing Director of Cargill’s Alternative Protein Team. “We've combined our deep knowledge of plant proteins with our expertise in R&D, product development, and production to deliver products consumers will love. Cargill has a strong history of providing high-quality protein products to customers. Producing plant-based products across our global supply chain is the logical next step to expanding our ability to meet consumer needs and bring new value to this category."
The new offerings are part of Cargill's inclusive approach to the future of protein, a press release noted, as the company works to advance both animal and alternative protein products to meet the expected 70 percent growth in global demand for protein over the next 30 years.
Brian Sikes, Corporate Senior Vice President and leader of Cargill's Global Protein and Salt Business, noted that Cargill’s customers are consistently looking to the company for solutions as protein trends continue to fluctuate.
"Cargill's strategy for both food and feed is based on helping customers thrive in a world where demand for protein is rising," said Sikes. “We need to keep all protein options on the table. Whether you are eating alternative or animal protein, Cargill will be at the center of the plate."
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