Demand For Plant-Based Foods Continued to Grow In 2021

According to data from SPINS, the Plant-based Foods Association, and Good Foods Institute, plant-based food sales grew in 2021 by more than 6% over 2020 to $7.4 billion. That probably doesn’t surprise you. What you may find surprising is that the growth rate is three times greater than any other food in the grocery store at 1.8%.

According to Fooddive.com, Plant-based unit sales increased by 3.8% in 2021, while total food unit sales dropped 3.4%.

The article indicated that “plant-based dairy once again saw impressive growth across the board, with dollar sales of $2.6 billion in 2021. While its 4% growth in 2021 is much lower than the 20% increase in dollar sales tallied a year earlier, it’s big for the sector.”

Plant-based eggs saw the most significant growth, with sales up 42%. Household penetration of the category is slight — just 1.4% — but unit sales have increased 14-fold in a year, from 600,000 in 2020 to more than 8 million in 2021.

The plant-based meat category got a lot more crowded in 2021. New plant-based chicken products from various manufacturers hit store shelves and restaurant menus nationwide. And new plant-based meat offerings, ranging from private label to smaller brands, also came to stores.

Plant-based foods are more than just a trend. Manufacturers answer consumer demand by focusing on new product development incorporating these sought-after ingredients. Skidmore Sales works with the top ingredient manufacturers and offers a wide array of plant-based ingredients ideal for your next innovation. Our technical sales team is eager to help! We are happy to assist in identifying the ingredients you need to stay competitive in the plant-based categories. Contact us to get started!

Let the Relaxation Begin! Happy Retirement, Karen DeWitt!

We are both delighted and saddened as we extend our warmest wishes to Karen DeWitt, Regional Sales Manager. Karen is retiring on April 1, after 34 dedicated years with our organization.   She has been an outstanding employee, mentor, and friend to our employees, customers, and countless individuals within our industry.

Attempting to sum up her contributions and achievements over the years is an exhausting effort. As the 19th employee hired at Skidmore sales, she has been instrumental in our growth over the years. Karen has nurtured relationships that have become some of our top customers. She is known for her immense technical expertise, hawk-like attention to detail, and unwavering concern for her customers.   But her influence doesn’t stop at our threshold. Food science is her passion. Karen was an Adjunct Professor at the University of Cincinnati for several years. She taught senior-level formulating foods classes and shared her experience and knowledge with budding food scientists.

Her commitment to developing the next generation of professionals in the food industry marches on. Karen served on the Curriculum Advisory Board that pioneered the Culinary and Food Science degree program at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. She now teaches a product and ingredient functionality class as part of the program.   This program was the first bachelor-level program to be offered at the school. She has been active in many professional organizations and has been an outspoken champion for women in our industry.

Karen’s retirement is our loss but a well-deserved opportunity to enjoy her many other passions, including cheering-on her beloved Ohio State Buckeyes!   We wish her all the best!

Tate & Lyle Artesa® Chickpea Flour

According to a recent Neilsen Study, chickpea products have seen 23% growth in the US in the past three years. Customers are looking for Non-GMO, project verified, and chickpea products deliver.   For this reason, Tate & Lyle has introduced their Artesa® Chickpea flour.

Ideal for various applications, including salty snacks, pizza crust, and breaded meat analogues, Artesa® Chickpea Flour helps you overcome formulation challenges and give your consumers what they want. It’s gluten-free, contains no soy or wheat, and labels simply as chickpea or chickpea flour while providing these great functional benefits:

  • Neutral taste and color profile
  • Adds protein and fiber
  • Small particle size
  • Highly functional gelling properties

To learn more about Artesa® or other Tate & Lyle products, contact your Skidmore Representative.