November 10, 2021

of consumers eat cheese
with pizza, burgers and sandwiches.4
of operators believe that
adding cheese to a menu item
helps it sell better.5
growth of vegan cheese
on restaurant menus
over the past four years.6

The rise of flexitarian, or semi-vegetarian, diets presents an opportunity to drive cheese consumption. As consumers look to reduce their meat intake, cheese stands out as a delicious alternative protein source. Vegan cheese and dairy are categories with tremendous growth potential in the plant-based product space. The ability of plant-based cheese to be used as both a substitute for meat and a complementary ingredient demonstrates its appeal and versatility.


1Mike Koysto, “Flavor in Focus: The Big Cheese,” Flavor & The Menu, September 15, 2021.

2,4,5Datassential, “Foodbytes: The Big Cheese Report,” May 2020.

3“These 25 Vegan Cheeses Will Make You Quit Dairy Forever,”
Green Planet, June 2021.
6Datassential MenuTrends, U.S. menu penetration growth 2017-2021.

7TikTok, #bakedfetapasta accessed October 5, 2021.