Give Peas a Chance: Exploring Alternative Proteins

 

 

The increasing global demand for animal protein is significantly driving up livestock production, which is causing serious environmental and health issues. The rise in greenhouse gas emissions from livestock is a major contributor to climate change, and the intensive use of land and water resources is leading to scarcity.

Additionally, the high demand for animal feed exacerbates these resource challenges. Red meat consumption is also linked to health problems, such as cancer. This underscores the urgent need for change towards more sustainable and health-conscious food production and consumption practices. What is the solution to all this?

It’s time to take the pea!

We’ve seen an uptick in the number of plant-based clients we support and have delivered multiple plant-based product launches, worked with manufacturers to promote local supply chains and process for plant alternative milks and produced an extensive report with a major procurement consultancy to investigate alternative proteins as part of a long term environmental, sustainability and cost saving plan – see the chart below:
Alt Protein Report

 

Pea protein is one of the most responsibly sourced proteins and it has a high growth prediction over the next 5 years. The UK is strides ahead on alternative protein consumption and spend per capita compared to its European counterparts.

 


 

Celebrating Great British Pea Week

https://peas.org/great-british-pea-week/ 

Celebrate the versatility and nutritional value of peas during Great British Pea Week, running from July 1st to 7th, 2024! This annual event, spearheaded by the Yes Peas! campaign, honours the rich heritage and abundant harvest of British peas. It’s a time to appreciate these green gems that grace our tables with their vibrant flavour and health benefits.

 

 


The Global Bean Project

https://www.globalbean.eu/about/ 

The Global Bean Project offers valuable services promoting the cultivation and consumption of legumes, emphasising their role in sustainable agriculture and nutrition. By leveraging a global network of experts, the project provides resources such as information sheets, cultivation guides, and online events. Their work is crucial for advancing scientific understanding and sustainable practices by highlighting legumes’ environmental benefits, including soil fertility improvement and reduced reliance on fertilisers. These efforts support a shift towards more sustainable food systems and healthier diets.

 


Smashed peas on toast?!

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/smashed-peas-on-toast 

Love avocado on toast? Give this smashed pea version a go – it has the benefit of being kinder to the planet because the produce hasn’t travelled a long way

 

 

 

 


The Alternative Trend

A recent consumer survey we conducted using our Taste Collective consumer panel highlighted key reasons for consuming alternative milk, of which one of the top reasons was to reduce dairy consumption and animal welfare.

 

 

 

Whether you’re looking to develop new products, optimise existing ones, or navigate the evolving landscape of sustainable food solutions, our team is here to guide you. Contact us today to discover how we can collaborate to harness the power of alternative proteins!