AGRICULTURE NEWS - One of the most exciting developments in the food technology sector is how the plant-based food movement is changing the way in which traditional agricultural businesses operate.
This was according to Anouk Sijmonsma, the Produce Marketing Association’s (PMA) regional vice president for Asia, Africa, Europe and Australia/New Zealand.
Sijmonsma was a keynote speaker at the ninth annual Fresh Connections: Southern Africa Conference and Trade Show that was held in Cape Town recently.
“A significant trend is the demand for plant-based foods coming from consumers who desire to live healthier lives. Last year, US retail sales of the plant-based foods category saw growth sales of 20% with sales topping $3 billion (about R44 billion),” said Sijmonsma.
Consumers were also becoming increasingly aware about sustainability concerns around food production.