Fats & Oils Are Necessary to Deliver Better Plant-Based Foods

Fats & oils make all the difference when it comes to creating the foods people love, including innovative plant-based options. Why are they crucial to plant-based formulation success? Fats & oils provide consumer appeal with benefits such as better functionality, taste and texture, especially in trending categories like meat alternatives and dairy alternatives.

MAKE BETTER MEAT ALTERNATIVES

The right fats & oils in meat alternatives offer various benefits for the consumer. With over 150 years of experience in fats & oils, AAK has the largest profile of plant-based, multi-sourced fats and oils—sourced using clean and sustainable practices.

Fats & oils help create a great taste and texture experience by delivering the primary benefits consumers seek from plant-based meat:

  • Desired bite
  • Succulence
  • Enhanced appearance
  • Clean label
  • Functionality

OFFER BETTER DAIRY ALTERNATIVES

Additionally, the right fats & oils bring delicious dairy alternative products to consumers.

In fact, fats & oils are necessary to provide the desired benefits in plant-based dairy, such as:

  • Great taste and mouthfeel
  • Improved melting
  • Flavor masking
  • Clean label
  • Functionality

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FATS & OILS MEET TODAY’S TRENDS & DEMANDS

Rise above plant-based formulation challenges with key fats & oils that make eating plant-based foods the sensory experience consumers want.

The Plant-Based Ingredients Market is expected to reach a market valuation of $8.5 Billion by the year 2022, accelerating with a CAGR of 12.2% by 2022-2032.

MEAT ALTERNATIVES

Fats and oils contribute up to about 20% of the total formula and create the appearance of fat particles and a sizzling effect during cooking.

Why does it matter?

56% of plant-based protein consumption is motivated by health concerns while 42% of consumption is due to better taste.1

PLANT-BASED ‘CHEESE’

Fats & oils enhance taste, texture and flavor carry in plant-based ‘cheese.’ . They also improve melting, while enhancing creaminess or crumble.

Why does it matter?

Of the 29% of consumers who eat alternative cheeses, 46% agree that dairy-free cheese is healthier than regular dairy cheese. Young consumers, especially those who are identifying as flexitarians, are more likely to purchase plant-based cheeses.2

PLANT-BASED MILK ALTERNATIVES

Fats & oils provide essential nutrition in dairy alternatives as well as create the creaminess, body and mouthfeel that’s similar to dairy milk.

Why does it matter?

34% of non-dairy buyers anticipate their household will drink more non-dairy milk next year.3

Find out more about the growing vegan food market, here.

CO-DEVELOP BETTER PLANT-BASED FOODS WITH AAK

With 150 years of experience meeting consumer demand, AAK offers one the broadest lines of plant-based fats & oils in the industry. AAK specializes in delivering the best innovative solutions to customers—both large and small—to create better plant-based alternatives.

Find out more about co-developing with AAK, here.


1 Plant-based Proteins: incl. impact of COVID-19 U.S., May 2020, Mintel
2 Cheese U.S., September 2022, Mintel
3 Milk and Non-dairy Milk U.S., July 2022, Mintel

JOURNEY TO BETTER WITH FATS & OILS FIRST

In any given recipe, the first ingredients matter the most. That’s why AAK prioritizes fats & oils first to make your plant-based products have the desired bite, taste and texture your consumers anticipate.

And when it comes to successfully creating plant-based applications, you have to select the right fats or oils to achieve the preferred benefits. With AAK’s co-development process, you’ll be supported from recipe creation to pilot testing and more, with cutting-edge technology and our specialty vegetable fats and oils expertise.

Find out how you can deliver a better plant-based product, with AAK.

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