MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, U.S. — Cargill is investing in plant-based protein products with the launch of its new private label that will be available in April.

The plant-based patties and ground products are a part of Cargill’s approach to the future of protein as it advances both animal and alternative protein products to meet the expected 70% growth in global demand for protein over 30 years.

“We’ve created some of the best tasting products available in the plant-based category today,” said Elizabeth Gutschenritter, managing director of Cargill’s alternative protein team. “We’ve combined our deep knowledge of plant proteins with our expertise in R&D, product development and production to deliver products consumers will love.”

The new plant-based products from Cargill is the company’s next step in bringing more protein options to retail stores, cafeterias, fast-food outlets, restaurants and other global locations.

“Cargill has a strong history of providing high-quality protein products to customers,” Gutschenritter said. “Producing plant-based products across our global supply chain is the logical next step to expanding our ability to meet consumer needs and bring new value to this category.”

Brian Sikes, leader of Cargill’s global protein and salt business, said customers are looking to the company for solutions.

“Cargill’s strategy for both food and feed is based on helping customers thrive in a world where demand for protein is rising,” Sikes said.

Cargill has invested $7 billion globally in animal protein in the last five years while making investments in the alternative protein space.

“We need to keep all protein options on the table,” Sikes said. “Whether you are eating alternative or animal protein, Cargill will be at the center of the plate.”