Foodable's 2018 Protein Sourcing Guide & Report— Most Loved Protein, Top Companies to Source From & more...

Foodable's 2018 Protein Sourcing Guide & Report— Most Loved Protein, Top Companies to Source From & more...

The way consumers look at protein has changed over the past decade. Gone are the days when every meal had to have a traditional protein represented as the star of the dish. But does that mean protein is in trouble? Sure, restaurant guests are looking for healthier choices and are a little more open to trying meat alternatives, but that does not mean the protein segment is dead.

So, how does each type of protein stack up in the ranking by consumers? Are you having trouble figuring out what is the hottest protein trend for 2018? Do you want the scoop to determine which top protein sourcing company is the best fit for your business?

Don’t worry, Foodable Labs has you covered. That’s right! Look no further than the 2018 Protein Sourcing Guide and Report powered by our sister company, Foodable Labs.

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The Rise of Protein: A Trend Not to Be Ignored

The Rise of Protein: A Trend Not to Be Ignored

By Suzy Badaracco, Foodable Industry Expert

There has been a focus on and interest in high-protein diets for years, despite the reported health risks associated with them. The trend’s birth “parent” is a Morph, which is characterized by “cousins” all vying for the spotlight.

With this particular birth, the first cousin was the Atkins diet, with its rise to fame in 2004. The first disruptive cousin on the block was the South Beach diet, which took over in 2005. Fast forward to 2011, the Dukan diet stole the thunder, but was ousted in 2012 by the Paleo diet when it decided to stand on the table, put a lampshade on its head, and start dancing (much to the horror of the other cousins).

The telltale sign of a Morph is that the current cousin in the spotlight does not kill off the previous cousin; it just steals the focus. With a Morph, one can play with all the cousins since they are all still on the playground together. For example, Atkins is still available, along with Paleo and other high-protein diets. You are simply changing allegiances as the cousins push and pull at each other.

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Back in the Game: Rabbit is Having a Moment on L.A. Menus

Photo Credit: Anne Cusack, Los Angeles Times

Photo Credit: Anne Cusack, Los Angeles Times

Proteins are flocking to plates everywhere, thanks to their health benefits and versatility. From smoked meats to nose-to-tail breakdowns, chefs are perfecting the art of upscale comfort foods and rare delicacies by trying new things with a slew of different proteins. And, most often, the foundation of these new menu combinations are derived from food history, and made new again.

Such is the case for rabbit. In Los Angeles, chefs — including LA Chapter’s (Ace Hotel) Ken Addington and Bucato’s Evan Funke — are bringing this “old-fashioned” game meat back to menus — with its health benefits and mild flavor, rabbit is so versatile. Read More