7 Notable Plant-Based Innovations
From a nod to nostalgia to a Shark Tank success story, these seven new product introductions provide a taste of just how far plant-based products have come. Whether its Hormel’s Happy Little Plants pepperoni-style offering or the new Impossible Sausage, there’s a plant-based solution for every craving.
Plant-Based Cheese Wedges
Good Planet Foods has revealed its newest product, Plant-Based Cheese Wedges. The six individually wrapped wedges are made with allergen-free, keto-friendly, vegan ingredients and will be available in three flavors: Original, Pepper Jack and Smoked Gouda. All varieties of Good Planet Foods’ Plant-Based Cheese Wedges have an SRP of $4.99 per 4-ounce package.
Magic Ate Ball
Dr. Praeger’s has launched the Magic Ate Ball, a branded “magic eight ball” made to help consumers’ decide what to make for dinner. The ball reveals a number of meatless dining options, including the Dr. Praeger’s Perfect Burger, Taco Night, Dr. Praeger’s Veggie Nuggets, Vegan Chili and Dr. Praeger’s California Veggie Burgers. The Magic Ate Ball is available for $9.94 through Dr. Praeger’s online store.
Grain Free Tortillas and Chips
Don Pancho is launching Grain Free Tortillas and Grain Free Chips. These grain-free products are made with cassava flour, an ancient root vegetable known for its nutty flavor, as well as flax seeds. The grain-free products are high in omega-3 fats and dietary fiber, providing a gluten-free alternative to traditional flour tortillas and corn chips. They are also soy-free, paleo, keto and low-fat. Don Pancho Grain Free Tortillas have an SRP of $3.79 per 9.5-ounce package. Don Pancho Grain Free Chips come in three flavors: Smoky Queso, Sea Salt and Hint of Lime. The chips have and SRP of $3.79 per 5-ounce package.
Available in the refrigerated produce aisle, Del Monte Fruit Infusions incorporate fruit chunks and antioxidants into four flavor combinations: Gut Love, featuring pineapple in pineapple- and ginger-flavored juice with turmeric and prebiotics; Boost Me, a combination of mangos and pineapple in mango- and dragon fruit-flavored juice with vitamin C and coffee extract; Glow On, which has peaches in passionfruit- and guava-flavored juice as well as aloe juice and coconut water; and Stay Well, featuring grapefruit in pomegranate-flavored juice with vitamin C and elderberry extract. All four flavors of Del Monte Fruit Infusions have an SRP of $1.69.
Impossible Foods has launched plant-based Impossible Sausages at retail nationwide following the product’s successful introduction in the foodservice industry. The ground sausage will be available in Savory and Spicy flavors. Impossible Sausage contains no animal hormones or antibiotics and offers 7 grams of protein per 56-gram serving. Additionally, Impossible Sausage contains 0 grams of trans fat and 0 milligrams of cholesterol per 56g serving. With 30% fewer calories, 47% less total fat, and 43% less saturated fat when cooked than the leading pork ground sausage, Impossible Foods is aiming to introduce a more sustainable sausage product.
Happy Little Plants
This fall, Hormel is introducing Happy Little Plants, a plant-based pepperoni product, to restaurateurs and pizzerias. The foodservice pizza topping was developed with input from foodservice operators to ensure taste and quality. Happy Little Plants will be featured in the upcoming Pizza Expo in Las Vegas.
This newly updated product from Jada was discovered on ABC’s Shark Tank. An updated version of its unseasoned Plant-Based Chick’n Mix, this shelf-stable mix has been reformulated with the addition of savory spices and herbs to better emulate the taste of chicken. The 100% vegan and soy-free product can be mixed with water and oil and then cooked to make meals ranging from Chick’n breasts and nuggets to sandwich-ready patties or Chick’n strips. Jada’s Plant-Based mix contains 120 calories and 21 grams of protein per serving and is high in vitamin B12.