Chickpeas In The Pandemic: How Banza Is Expanding Its Reach

Banza’s four-cheese pizza is part of its new lineup of chickpea crust pies.

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Two years ago, chickpeas had the kind of breakout year that food developers can only dream about.

Product launches of chickpea-based items soared 79 percent in 2019, according to the Mintel Global New Product Database, as people in search of gluten-free alternatives turned to what are otherwise known as garbanzo beans.

But when the pandemic hit, chickpeas’ boom began quieting down. New product launches with chickpeas as an ingredient fell 22 percent in 2020.

Home bound consumers gravitated to products with which they

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