Plant-based protein foods
New introductions of plant-based protein foods are quickly increasing. In various retail categories, you can find more and more plant-based options:
Bakery launches with the ‘plant-based’ claim have doubled in the last year. (Global, 2019 vs. 2018)
Average growth of +63% (!) in sport nutrition launches with a ‘plant-based’ claim. (Global, 2019 vs. 2018)
The share of private label ready meals & side dishes with a ‘plant-based’ claim raised from 4% in 2015 to 12% in 2019. (Global)
Plant-based protein meat
Within the ‘plant-based protein meat’ segment, many new products are being introduced at different levels. This includes ingredients, meal components and sausages. Schouten Food distinguishes between 2 types of plant-based protein meat products in its range, namely Classics and Variations.
Classics are products that resemble meat most closely. These are vegetarian or vegan sausages, schnitzels, hamburgers and cordon bleus. These products are often made using textured proteins.
Textured proteins are proteins that have been given a fibrous structure through the process of extrusion. Textured proteins are often made from soy, peas and wheat, because these components are well-suited to the desired fibrous structure, resulting in a meat-like structure as much as possible.
In addition, there are also the Variations. Products in this product group are made from nuts, lentils and chickpeas, for example. Examples of these are lentil burgers, falafel quinoa burgers and veggie burgers.
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Plant-based protein burger
Our plant-based protein burgers from our Classics range are popular among retailers. These are burgers made from plant-based protein, often including soy and wheat gluten. Products in this category include, for example:
The classic plant-based protein burgers
The Legendary Burger
This burger is raw and is cooked right before consumption. Other plant-based protein burgers are often pre-cooked and just need to be heated up, as they are already cooked. This is a segment that has been growing recently, thanks to the emergence of larger companies like Beyond Meat and the Impossible Burger.
In contrast to the Legendary Burgers, there is the genuine classic from the range. These are our pre-cooked hamburgers. These burgers are made from soy and wheat proteins.
The Variations burgers
In addition to our burgers included in the ‘classic’ product range, we also have a wide array of ‘Variations’ plant-based protein burgers. These are burgers with their own character. Some are coated with a nice crispy crust, such as the lentil burger, falafel quinoa burger or the Italian mushroom burger. On the inside, however, each burger is unique. For example, the Italian mushroom burger has a fleshier structure due to the mushrooms. Thanks to the dates, the lentil burger has a somewhat sweeter, more oriental flavour. The Variations also include cheeseburgers and nut-based burgers.
Our plant-based protein foods quickly introduced to the retail shelf
Schouten is a flexible organisation. We would like to work with you to go over which products would be best-suited to your consumer. You will find a wide range of plant-based protein products that we offer. These can be put on the shelf very quickly, with your own packaging or sleeve.
Various retailers already have various successful products of ours on their shelves. For example, we made an important contribution to the development of Jumbo Veggie Chef.
Do you want to learn more about plant-based protein burgers? Feel free to get in touch with us for some non-binding information.