A Plant-Forward Future

A Plant-Forward Future

Whether they’re motivated by health, ethical concerns or simple curiosity, consumers around the world are incorporating more plant-based meals, snacks and beverages into their diets. In North America, as consumers report wanting to limit—but not eliminate— their meat intake, we’re seeing innovative product offerings such as sausages that blend humanely raised meat with fresh vegetables. With the success and popularity of plant-based burgers on international menus, other types of plant-based items that mimic the taste or texture of meat are on the rise. Swiss customers are finding pea protein tuna on grocery shelves, while Chinese consumers can choose vegan duck neck, plant-based spicy crayfish or beetroot zongzi as more healthful alternatives to traditional dishes.

However, not all plant-based items are meant to recreate the attributes of meat. For example, Thai crispy oyster mushrooms are promoted as a better-for-you alternative to meat snacks, and Brazilian smoke-flavored bean sprouts deliver on both taste and nutrition, with vegan and high-protein claims on the package. Flavorful, memorable items like these appeal to a growing population of consumers who seek out unique plant-based options as part of a flexitarian lifestyle.

We're hearing online that consumers have entered an era of unprecedented recipe substitutions.
“A Plant-forward Future” by Chef Mark Serice, Vice President of Global Culinary


Plant-based meat substitutes can be found on menus throughout the world, and vegan burgers are a great “gateway” dish for curious diners.


Consumers reducing their meat intake due to health, environmental or ethical concerns are turning to plant-based proteins.


Leverage the power of health and satiety claims, when possible. Plant-based snacks making a combination of vegan and high-protein claims are on the rise.

Culinary Inspiration

Get inspired by these on-trend concepts to create innovative offerings using Griffith Foods products. Please contact your Griffith Foods representative or reach out to us to learn how this trend can be customized to your product portfolio.

Plant-based Dishes from our US Chefs

Griffith Foods Thai Basil Tofu Stir Fry

Thai Basil Tofu Stir Fry (Pad Krapow)

Spicy Thai Basil seasoning spices this flavorful stir fry of extra firm tofu, Thai chilies, bell peppers, green beans and scallions. As a center of the plate served on the rice, as a Thai Basil Wrap or as a meal kit option.

Featured Griffith Foods Product:
  • Spicy Thai Basil seasoning
Korean BBQ vegan protein bowl loaded with seasoned vegetables and pickled cucumbers.

Korean BBQ Vegan Protein Bowl

A high-protein bowl loaded with Korean BBQ seasoned veggie ground accompanied by edamame, spicy pickled cucumbers and toasted sesame seasoned kimchee fried rice.

Jackfruit barbacoa tacos servied in a corn tortilla and topped with salsa verde.

Jackfruit Barbacoa Tacos

Slow-braised and perfectly seasoned pulled jackfruit barbacoa served in a fresh corn tortilla, topped with salsa verde and freshly picked cilantro.

Plant-based Dishes from our Mexico Chefs

A plant-based burger with smoky notes, gratinated with cheese and filled with spicy Buffalo flavor.

Hamburguesa Buffalo Guacamole

Powerful and authentic, this burger is characterized by a juicy, slightly smoked, vegetable-based protein patty, gratinated cheese, golden brown plant-based Chorizo and spicy, Buffalo-flavored guacamole.

Featured Griffith Foods Products:
  • Plant-based Burger Mix
  • Plant-based Chorizo
  • Salsa para Alitas Extra Hot by Custom Culinary®️ Master’s Touch®️

Griffith's meatless meatballs made with vegetable protein. Stuffed with hard-boiled egg, simmered in a smoky chipotle broth.

Albóndigas sin Carne en Caldillo de Chipotle Ahumado

Warm and comforting with plenty of homemade flavor, this recipe fuses plant-based protein and hard-boiled eggs to recreate “meatballs” that are simmered in a smoky chipotle broth.

Featured Griffith Foods Products:
  • Plant-based Burger Mix
  • Smoked Chipotle Caldillo
  • Sodium-free Spicy Seasoning

Griffith's homemade pizza topped with plant-based chorizo and plant-based ground beef.

Pizza Cervecera

This pizza’s dough is hydrated with light beer, dressed with tomato sauce, and topped with a combination of mozzarella and provolone cheeses that gratinate to subtly smoky-perfection. The dish is finished off with non-chorizo and non-ground beef alternative proteins.

Featured Griffith Foods Products:
  • Plant-based Chorizo
  • Plant-based Ground “Meat”
  • Salsas Negras Sauce

Plant-based Dishes from our Canada Chefs

Griffith Foods Spicy plant-based soppressata

Spicy Plant-based Soppressata

Inspired from spicy Italian Soppressata, this deli meat replaces pork with soy protein.

Featured Griffith Foods Product:
  • Soppressata Style Binder

Instant “just add water” plant-based chicken mix lightly bound with a vegan mayonnaise to make Griffith Foods lettuce wraps.

Plant-based Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Instant “just add water” plant-based chicken mix lightly bound with a vegan mayonnaise.

Featured Griffith Foods Product:
  • Plant-based Chicken Mix
  • Vegan Mayo

Blended Beef Mushroom and Lentil Meatballs

Blended Beef Mushroom & Lentil Meatballs

A blend of lean ground beef, laird lentils and mushrooms seasoned with umami driving ingredients including soy sauce, mushroom and miso powder.

Featured Griffith Foods Product:
  • Blended Beef Seasoned Binder
  • Vegan Instant Gravy

“Sustainable nutrition [features] dietary patterns that reduce humanity’s burden on the environment. Nutrient-dense and eco-friendly foods, such as beans and lentils, are a good place to start.”

Tofu's net sentiment has risen 45% in just two years, thanks to debunked myths about health concerns.

Culinary Perspective

Enjoy a lively conversation between Chef Mark Serice, Vice President of Global Culinary, and Chef Jonny Tomlin, Corporate Executive Chef, as they discuss “A Plant-forward Future” in our latest podcast.

You’ll learn about our chefs’ favorite ways to mimic meat using vegetables, along with other tips and strategies for navigating the plant-forward trend.

Listen to the podcast.

Let’s Create Better Together

We’re here to help inspire creations that keep your product portfolio on-trend. Contact your Griffith Foods representative or reach out to our sales team to learn more about our ongoing research and innovative offerings.


Mintel, 2021 FlavorIQ® Global Trends and Insights Report, January 2021

Mintel, Saving the Planet with Sustainable Ingredients, March 2020

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