As the number of people embracing a plant-based diet continues to rise, demand for appropriate desserts has seen global launches of vegan ice cream more than double since 2015, according to research by Mintel Global New Product Database, with data also showing that since the COVID-19 outbreak more adults are considering a vegan diet.
A rising trend for vegan ice cream that is not restricted only to those following a vegan diet goes hand in hand with demand for a variety of flavor combinations. Inclusions specialist Pecan Deluxe is embracing this trend, with an impressive range of no added egg and dairy options including salted caramel sugar pearls, cookies, and cream biscuit pieces and an eye-catching five-coloured sugar pearl mix, according to the company. More recently, cocoa rich brownie pieces, cookie dough, oaty cookie pieces, and a variety of the company’s praline nuts and seeds have been added to the list.
In addition to ice cream, food manufacturers wishing to broaden their appeal in the vegan market can now offer consumers a wide range of delicious and indulgent treats, as Pecan Deluxe’s inclusions are suitable for a much wider variety of applications including bakery, confectionery, and desserts. All Pecan Deluxe products, including traditionally made fudge, molded chocolate shapes, brownie pieces, cookie dough and praline nuts, are made using natural colors and flavorings in strict allergen controlled, BRC A grade facilities. The company is constantly innovating to develop new flavors and textures and can create bespoke products tailor-made to customers’ requirements.
“As the popularity of plant-based inclusions increases, we’ve developed our dairy-free portfolio to encompass a spectrum of tastes, which mirror those found in non-dairy applications, allowing manufacturers to add a touch of luxury to their expanding vegan lines,” explained Liz Jones, commercial and development director at Pecan Deluxe.