Sustainability in the spotlight at the 2022 restaurant fair


Seaweed pellets that can be made into straws to replace plastic. Emission-free electric cars specially designed for delivery. Plant-based meat substitutes made from jackfruit. And water in aluminum bottles and cans which are both made from recycled materials and are more likely to be recycled.

These are some of the sustainability solutions restaurateurs could find at the National Restaurant Association show in Chicago this weekend.

Sustainability was a running theme for many exhibitors, with the sense of urgency around climate change heightened this year. The showroom was filled with plant-based products, from Ripple’s vegan vegan serve (which stands out), which won a Food & Beverage award, or FABI, this year, to new plant-based chicken nuggets. of Impossible Food, the company. first foray into the poultry category.

Drawing the crowds are several examples of “muscle meat” plant-based protein products, such as Future Farm’s Chick’n, which performs like chunks of chicken breast. And Beyond Meat was tasting a steak-like product that could be marinated teriyaki-style or for a taco.

The Korean company that makes Nasoya tofu bites also introduced its new plant-based Korean steak under the Plantspired brand, which is currently used at the 200-unit WaBa Grill chain, based in Anaheim Hills, California.

Many challengers from market leaders Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods were trying to position themselves as next-gen alternatives.

Plantspired Brand Manager Jackie Kim said, “We are a true food company that makes plant-based products. There are so many labs now going into space.

Sustainable packaging in various forms was also on display throughout the showroom, many of which offered compostable options. Most of them were advertising products without added PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, that have been linked to health problems. Regulations phasing out the use of added PFAS in foodservice packaging are expected to take effect soon in several states, including California, New York, Maine, Vermont, Washington, Connecticut and Minnesota.

Here is an overview of five sustainable development solutions spotted at the show:


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