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    Plant Based Industry

    As food processing equipment experts, we have a keen eye on food industry trends and evolving consumer demand and, in recent years, we’ve watched plant based and meat free meals become more and more popular. The plant based industry is right at the heart of the growing vegetarian, vegan and flexitarian (yes that’s right, flexitarian) movements. 

    So how can we support your plant based food business with technology and solutions to streamline your processes and drive your growth? Keep reading to find out.

    Overview:

    Plant based food industry growth

    A new report by Bloomberg Intelligence has found that the plant-based meat and dairy sectors are growing at an unprecedented rate. The report predicts that the plant based food market will exceed $162 billion within the next decade.

    global plant based retail market size
    Source: Bloomberg Intelligence, OECD FAO Agricultural Outlook 2021-2030, GFI 2020 State of the Industry Report

    FPE is ready to support the growing demand for plant based food by offering decades of food processing industry knowledge, world class equipment and complementary services to plant based meat producers in New Zealand and Australia.

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    Plant based industry trends

    Vegetarian diet

    According to Roy Morgan, 2.5 million Australians (12.1% of the population) now have a diet of which the food is all, or almost all, vegetarian (see also ‘flexitarian diet’ below). This is up from under 2.2 million (11.2%) in 2014.

    In addition to greater volume and variety of vegetables, a feature of vegetarianism is a whole host of meat substitutes, such as:

    • Tofu
    • Quorn and Mycoprotein
    • Tempeh

    The growth of “plant based meat” and “plant based proteins” is also thanks to the popularity increase of veganism.

    Vegan diet

    Between 2015 and 2020, Australia’s vegan food market is projected to be the third-fastest-growing vegan market in the world with a growth rate of 9.6%. Vegan food options are now available in all major supermarkets and meal prep subscription services nationwide, as well as the majority of hospitality venues.

    Veganism has seen the rise in popularity of egg substitutes and dairy alternatives, for example:

    • Plant based milks, e.g. coconut, oat and almond milks
    • Cashew “cheese” 
    • Soy yoghurt
    • Vegan chocolate and “ice cream”

    Flexitarian diet

    Flexitarianism, also known as “casual vegetarianism”, is a predominantly vegetarian diet with occasional meat consumption. It’s the diet for conscious consumers who want to make ethical and environmentally-friendly food decisions without eliminating meat and dairy from their diet completely.

    The flexitarian diet is a popular alternative to hard line vegan and vegetarian diets, and is fast becoming the diet of choice for a growing portion of the population.

    Processing equipment for plant based food producers

    FPE supplies best-in-class solutions for vegetarian, vegan and plant based meat producers in Australia and New Zealand.

    PROCESSING ACTIVITY MANUFACTURER USAGE EXAMPLES
    Tempering/thawing AMTek Microwave
  • Thawing frozen product ready for further processing or cooking
  • Slicing Grasselli and Magurit
  • Horizontal slicing or vertical cross-cut slicing of veggie products and tofu
  • Slicing or dicing frozen and thawed plant based protein
  • Hard and soft separation Sepamatic
  • Separating the stones from avocado flesh
  • Can opening DC Norris
  • Opening and crushing cans of chickpeas, lentils etc.
  • Cooking & cooling BCH Ltd and DC Norris
  • Large-scale and rapid sealing or searing of vegetables
  • Seamless cooling of large batches of cooked food 
  • Batching of food products into pouches
  • Fat analysis & contaminant detection Eagle PI
  • HACCP compliance and food quality assurance
  • Production hygiene Elpress
  • Hand and boot sanitisation for workers
  • Pallet and crate washing
  • Material handling SYSPAL
  • Sanitising conveyors to sanitise packaged product between processing areas
  • Operator-safe machines for mixing, tipping, washing, weighing and stacking Euro bins of product
  • Due to the critical work performed by the Eagle X-Ray food inspection machines, FPE provides a 24 hour hotline to all X-Ray equipment customers.

    So, if you’re a plant based industry processor, trust FPE. For all your processing equipment, plant hygiene, mechanical handling, equipment maintenance and supplies, we’re the leading provider in Australia and New Zealand. Contact us today on 1800 882 549 in Australia and 0800 100 003 in New Zealand to discuss your business needs. 

    New Zealand & Australian plant based industry FAQs

    What is the plant based industry?

    The plant based industry encompasses vegetarian and vegan foods, including plant based eggs, meat and dairy products. 

    Is the plant based industry growing?

    Yes. According to a new report by Bloomberg Intelligence, the plant-based meat and dairy sectors are growing at an unprecedented rate. 

    What are examples of plant based products?

    Plant-based foods are generally classified into fruits, vegetables, legumes, grains, nuts, and seeds. Through processing, these components can be turned into plant based products to replace conventional meat and animal protein products, for example:

    • Cashew “cheese”
    • Soy “yoghurt”
    • Almond “milk”
    • Mycoprotein