With plant-based diets growing so quickly, jackfruit has become a staple in meat alternative meal offerings and has expanded beyond canned jackfruit and jackfruit chips. This huge relative of the breadfruit and the fig can weigh up to 100 pounds, which is how it earned its reputation as the world’s largest fruit. Since 2014, jackfruit flavored new products are growing globally with 177% growth. Asia Pacific is the key region for growth with 71% of all new products, but it’s no surprise that North America is showing 200% growth in the past year. Let’s take a closer look at the various forms of jackfruit on the menu, in social media, and in new products.
We conducted a social listening analysis on jackfruit covering the previous six months. An overview is provided below.
30 mentions per hour; 70% female voice
Keywords: tacos, burger, amazing, delicious
Key Consumer Interests: 76% food & drinks; 55% desserts & baking; 28% cooking
Instagram: Recipe for jackfruit sliders using Bone Suckin’ Sauce
Instagram: @sam_eyeam posted “These jackfruit keep getting better and better. Never a filter to show you the beauty the picture has captured.”
14 recipes on food.com
On Food.com, 14 recipes appear when you search for jackfruit. Recipes include jackfruit sliders, BBQ jackfruit sandwiches, jackfruit tacos, jackfruit smoothies, fruit salad and a cassava and jackfruit cake.
In the June/July 2019 issue of The Economist, they discuss how jackfruit is the flavor of the month, but for all the wrong reasons. Based on how jackfruit is tastier when fried instead of as a pulled pork like, they are recommending that jackfruit is better approached as a novel variety of vegetable, than a meat substitute.
102 Jackfruit Mentions on the Menu
Fine Dining is the top restaurant segment, with entrée, small plates and salads the top three menu sections with the most jackfruit-flavored items. Entrées account for 59% of all jackfruit-flavored menu items.
“River North’s Southeast Asian eatery Sunda is offering an exotic take on the classic sundae.” Eater Chicago
281 jackfruit flavored new product introductions
13 jackfruit flavored new product introductions
North America Fast Facts:
The interest in jackfruit is making its way to North America through meat alternative offerings. For those posting about jackfruit on social media: key interests are food & drink, desserts & baking and cooking. This distinct flavor profile adds a unique character to dishes beyond pulled jackfruit including smoothies, flavored waters and fruit snacks. The question is: is jackfruit on your Flavor Radar?
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