Every year, all of the various foodie-interest groups release their predictions of trends in the coming year regarding what’s going to be on our supermarket shelves, on restaurant menus and on people’s plates. I found a really interesting article today on a cool blog called the MFABlog or Mercy For Animals Blog. The article, called “Plant-Based Food Predictions for 2013“, highlights trend reports and predictions from several groups and associations and those trends and predictions look pretty darn good from a vegetarians’s point of view.
Here are some of the cool vegetarian food trends that we can look forward to this year:
According to Supermarket News Magazine, we’ll be seeing a lot more “alternative” proteins in the grocery stores this year. They mention tofu, legumes, nut butters and beans as examples of products they expect to be more popular this year. According to their report:
A major shift is anticipated in the nation’s protein food supply away from meat-based proteins and shifting to meatless proteins.”
They also think that more vegetarian and vegan products will start showing up in markets and that more Baby Boomers will shift toward meatless meals or vegetarian and vegan diets.
Restaurant Magazine says that more plant-based meals will be showing up on menus this year.
As more diners discover the joys of occasional meatless meals, the flirtation with vegetarian fare evolves into flexitarian fascination with actual vegetables. … Vegetables at the center of the plate are welcomed by diners–who continue to seek fresh, local, healthful fare–as well as operators squeezed by rising costs for proteins.”
The Sterling-Rice Group, a food consulting firm, agrees. They say that veggies will be the main course, instead of the side dish, for many diners and that restaurants will start offering more inclusive menus, with more choices for all diets, from gluten-free to vegan.
I think 2013 is looking like a good year for vegetarians, don’t you?