Flavor Trends, Strategies and Solutions for Menu Development

By Flavor & The Menu
May 8, 2023

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Gen Z consumers over-index as plant-based shoppers.* That means they are not only familiar with dairy-free and/or meat-free products, but they seek them out with more frequency than previous generations. For menu developers, this data point reinforces the opportunity that signature plant-based menu options offer when it comes to attracting the coveted Gen Z consumer.

Plant-based cheeses are up 125% over the past 4 years.

Of course, landing on the right formats for those menu options is half the battle. Familiar items that promise comfort and craveability are best bets with Gen Z, from burgers and pizzas to pasta dishes and tacos. To deliver the crave factor on these familiar favorites while keeping them plant-based, a dairy-free cheese that tastes and melts like a regular cheese is key. The Bel Group has been making great-tasting cheese for over 150 years and used this expertise to develop Boursin® Dairy-Free Garlic & Herbs Cheese Spread Alternative. This ingredient gives chefs a plant-based solution with the signature flavor and quality of Boursin trusted by consumers for generations.

Burgers are the No. 1 application for plant-based cheese. They boast a 30% penetration on menus.

This Epic Veggie Burger with Dairy-Free Boursin & Avocado Cheese Spread answers the call for plant-based menu items while keeping indulgence and satiety in the crosshairs. For an ultra- creamy condiment, Boursin is combined with avocado, cilantro, lime and salt, then spread atop the veggie burger. Caramelized onions, a thick-cut tomato slice and butter lettuce finish the build.

Pasta alla vodka is one of the top trending pasta dishes on TikTok, thanks to a video posted by a social media star and supermodel Gigi Hadid that went viral in 2022. This classic pasta is now a big draw for Gen Z, with variations blowing up the popular social media platform. Here, the pasta takes a plant- based turn, leaving out the dairy while packing in the flavor. The Dairy-Free Boursin Pasta Alla Vodka features Bel Brand’s latest product innovation, along with dairy-free “milk,” nutritional yeast, vodka, red pepper flakes, portobello, red onion, San Marzano tomatoes, black olives and Italian herbs.

Boursin® Dairy-Free Garlic & Herbs Cheese Spread Alternative
Made with high-quality coconut oil and small-batch blending methods, Boursin Dairy-Free gives chefs a plant-based product that delivers the herbaceous and tangy flavor and creamy, crumbly texture found in traditional Boursin.

  • Certified Plant-Based
  • Lactose-Free
  • Dairy-Free
  • Non-GMO Project Certified

Explore both dairy-rich and dairy-free Boursin products, recipe ideas and more at BelBrandsFoodservice.com.

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