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Growing Appetite for Plant-based Products

Wrap-up - 10/07/2020

In this week's wrap up ... your questions and expert answers, plant-based protein putting squeeze on meat, HPP products spike during pandemic, multi-million boost for waste recycling, and the supermarket that's shedding 2.2 billion pieces of plastic …

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Plant-based products put squeeze on meat

Consumer demand for plant-based products is starting to put the squeeze on meat in supermarkets' chiller cabinets. This strong growth in UK market has also been noticed by our experts in lidding film technology for the ready-meal sector.

As reported last week, examples include Higgidy's new range of oven-bake veggie dishes which are protected using our K FOIL lidding film.

When it comes to plant-based meat products, a new study in the US has found there is no "one size fits all". Many consumers are seeking the best of both worlds; wanting the taste of meat without the elements they consider to be unappealing such as gristle. Others find the taste too similar and do not enjoy meat-like products preferring innovation with whole foods. Perfect imitation or a completely new product, there is demand for both.

Also, new research from Mintel has revealed that plants will play an important role as a source of protein in the future.

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HPP products spike during pandemic 

Demand for HPP (high-pressure processing) products has spiked during the coronavirus pandemic.  According to Food Safety Strategies, the increase is due to clean labels and long shelf life.

As we shared in our insight article into high-pressure processing, food remains safer and fresher for longer with HPP. And the food and beverage publication reported that, with COVID-19, "consumers have a heightened awareness and need for food safety and clean label products".


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 Multi-million boost for waste recycling

A $600 million waste recycling stimulus scheme from government and industry will increase Australia's processing capacity ahead of a deadline to ban exports of unprocessed waste in 2024.

The scheme will help to build a new infrastructure to sort, process and reuse materials, and is expected to create up to 10,000 new jobs. 


Aldi to cut plastic use by 50 per cent

Aldi has pledged to reduce its usage of plastic packaging by 50 per cent by 2025. The commitment will see 74,000 tonnes of plastic packaging removed during the next five years, the equivalent to 2.2 billion single plastic items.



 "You can be for the environment or against plastic, but you can't be both", in the words of Chris DeArmitt, author of The Plastics Paradox.

His webinar video and presentation "Plastics & the Environment: Dispelling Popular Myths With Scientific Facts" were available to view this week.

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