Vegan menu choices are becoming more and more popular on standard menu offerings. Vegan entrees, cheeses, and even coffee creamers are lining grocery store shelves and restaurant menus. Plant based diets are trending and may be here to stay. Recent studies have shown that this is due to either health concerns or sustainability. While relatively small amounts of the population practice a vegetarian and vegan diet (approximately 6% and 3% respectively), larger percentages are moving towards eating more plant-based foods.

Plant Based Diets

A plant-based diet focus on foods sourced primarily from fruits and vegetables, but also includes nuts, seeds, grains, beans and legumes. This type of diet is widely popular amongst Mediterranean cultures. Vegetarian and plant based diets have been shown to lower the risk of diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure by removing animal fats from the diet. Supplements for certain nutrients, however, should be considered when observing such a diet. Vegan diets require that no animal foods are consumed.


More and more restaurant chains are offering vegan menus and vegan menu options, including popular chains like TGI Fridays, The Cheesecake Factory, Olive Garden, and PF Changs, who features items such as Ma Po Tofu and Harvest Thai Curry. These types of applications are would benefit from our Beef Extract Key, Roast Beef Flavor, or Boiled or Roast Chicken Keys.


This can pose a challenge to savory formulators, as they struggle to remove meat and meat flavors from savory applications. The demand to provide a meat-like profile, complete with umami characteristics, can be achieved through formulating with our vegan, meat free reaction and process flavors. Del-Val Food Ingredients offers a comprehensive line of vegan, meatless process flavors to help you achieve your desired flavor profile. Use our chicken, beef, or roast process flavors to enhance a multitude of vegan savory flavor applications. Ideal applications include:

  • Meatless deli slices
  • Veggie bologna
  • Meat free sausages
  • Vegan bacon strips and breakfast patties
  • Meatless meatballs
  • Veggie hot dogs
  • Meatless jerky
  • Meat free burgers
  • Pork free pork
  • Meatless chicken patties
  • Whether you are looking to replace a chicken, roast, or beef profile, Del-Val has a solution. Through our proprietary extrusion technology, we achieve our unique flavor profiles such as roast, boiled, or charred, via different raw material inputs and processing parameters. This allows us to offer you distinct meat-like flavor profiles without the meat. These flavor keys and blends have a variety of taste profiles, ranging from beef to poultry to roast and dark roast. Our darker roast products have been used as caramel color replacers, due to their cocoa like, nutty and caramellic profiles.

    Our vegan process flavors are Kosher and Halal certified, as well as clean label. Visit the “Our Products” section on our website to learn more about our line of process flavors, as well as our taste and flavor modulation technology and clean label savory flavor solutions.