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Esca Bona ingredient trend series: Pulses

Esca Bona ingredient trend series: Pulses

Pulses, including all kinds of dried beans and peas, are an inexpensive and highly nutritious source of protein and micronutrients that can greatly benefit people’s health and livelihoods, particularly in developing countries. Ingredient suppliers offer a variety of highly specific pulse ingredients including whole, roasted, flakes, flours, pastes, protein concentrates, protein isolates, starches, fiber and pulse/cereal blends. These versatile ingredients can serve as alternatives to allergen-causing ingredients, including milk, eggs, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat and soybean.

Takeaways for your business

• Chickpeas, lentils and peas are becoming go-to pulses across many food and beverage categories.
• Increased plant-based protein demand is partly due to favorable comparison with meat-based proteins.
• Plant-based food sales grew 20% in the 52 weeks ending June 16, 2018, reaching a total of $3.3 billion.