Retail food and foodservice businesses can now capture their share of the growing plant-based protein market under their own brands thanks to Cargill: The global food and agriculture company announced that its new private-label plant-based patties and ground products will hit retailers and restaurants in early April.
The new offerings are part of Cargill's inclusive approach to the future of protein – advancing both animal and alternative protein products to meet the expected 70% growth in global demand for protein over the next 30 years.
The plant-based protein products, which were developed through culinary insight, extensive consumer research and innovation, are made in Cargill facilities to deliver the taste and consistency consumers want.
"We've created some of the best-tasting products available in the plant-based category today," said Elizabeth Gutschenritter, managing director of Cargill's alternative protein team. "We've combined our deep knowledge of plant proteins with our expertise in [research and development], product development and production to deliver products consumers will love."
According to Cargill, its new plant-based products are an important next step in bringing more protein options to retail stores, cafeterias, fast-food outlets, restaurants and other global locations. Cargill said foodservice and retail customers can count on it as an experienced global partner with the supply chain, scale and formulation capabilities to deliver the solutions they need.
"Cargill has a strong history of providing high-quality protein products to customers," Gutschenritter said. "Producing plant-based products across our global supply chain is the logical next step to expanding our ability to meet consumer needs and bring new value to this category."
Brian Sikes, leader of Cargill's global protein and salt business, noted that customers are looking to the company for solutions.
"Cargill's strategy for both food and feed is based on helping customers thrive in a world where demand for protein is rising," Sikes said.
Cargill has invested $7 billion globally in animal protein in the last five years while making strategic investments in the alternative protein space.
"We need to keep all protein options on the table," Sikes said. "Whether you are eating alternative or animal protein, Cargill will be at the center of the plate."