Celiac.com 10/25/2018 - The surging demand for gluten-free, allergen-free, vegetarian and other food options is changing the way many companies do business. However, food and beverage manufacturers are not the only businesses working to keep up with plant-based and gluten-free demands from consumers. The latest effects of that demand are shaking up food offerings in the airline industry.
Major airlines are among the numerous businesses that are shifting gears to cater to the growing demand for gluten-free, allergen-free, vegan, and other options from customers. Gone are the bagged peanuts of days past. The new kid on the block avoids gluten, and wants ample vegetarian and other options. To meet those changing demands, airlines are hiring celebrity chefs to devise new menus.
United Airlines has been developing dishes using quinoa, and chia seeds. Delta Airlines is now offering on-board gluten-free snack selections, and American Airlines has been trying out zucchini balls and stuffed mushrooms.
Air New Zealand is kicking it up a notch for its business class passengers flying from Los Angeles to Auckland, who can now enjoy the increasingly popular "Impossible Burger."
Travelers will likely see more gluten-free and plant-based options on airlines as they work to make flying less stressful, and more appetizing.
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