Nuts continue being primordial for the tendency of vegetables-based food. Data published last year by Asociación de Alimentos de Base Vegetal show sales of products formulated to replace animal origin products that reached US$ 3.3 billion in 2017 based on data from Nielsen Co.

With almost half sales of US$ 1.6 billion, is the vegetable-based milk category, where walnuts are a key ingredient. As consumer interest in vegetable origin products has grown, food and beverage processors have been busy developing new applications that challenge animal products.

Blue Diamond, Sacramento, California, recently introduced two new products under its Almond Breeze brand, an almond-based cream and an almond-based drink mixed with bananas.

"Worldwide, products based on vegetables increased by 62% from 2013 to 2017, and plant protein claims also showed significant growth, according to a report from Innova Market Insights," said Jeff Smith, director of marketing, global ingredients division of Blue Diamond Almonds. "At Blue Diamond, we know that nuts have long been considered an option for healthy snacks, but they are increasingly important for consumers that try to switch to a vegetable-based diet,” he said.

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