A thriving meat alternative industry
The global meat alternative market is set for exceptional growth in the coming years. Supermarket shelves are filling with an increasing abundance of vegan goods, and we are now at the point where there is something to satisfy truly everyone’s taste. We know that it’s an exciting time, not only to be vegan, but to be a vegan business, and with our access to data from Grand View Research we have the numbers to support this claim.
There are as many reasons to be vegan as there are vegan products. Animal rights remain high on the motivational agenda, with environmental concerns and health benefits also rising in prominence. For some, vegan meat replacements may make the transition to veganism easier, as individuals can work with products and cooking instructions that they are familiar with.
In 2019, the global meat alternatives market was valued at $4,532.6 million and is anticipated to reach $7,106.7 million by 2025. This is with an estimated CAGR of 7.7% between 2020 – 2025. Regional differences shape market trends and category development; in 2019 Europe and North America held a large share of the global market, with approximately 70% between them. Asia Pacific additionally held a significant share and is expected to progress at the fastest rate in terms of CAGR. The Middle East and Africa hold a minority of the market, meaning they are potentially underexplored markets.
On the basis of product, tofu and textured vegetable protein (soy meat) dominated the market in 2019, and have been popular within vegan diets across the world for decades. The market for tofu is well established in all international regions, thanks to recognised health implications and cooking versatility. Thought to originate from ancient China, it is traditionally used in soups or stir-fried dishes. However, its smooth texture and delicate taste make it the perfect ingredient for experimenting. With the ability to transform into a variety of familiar shapes and textures, textured vegetable protein is a key ingredient for vegan food manufacturers. Together, these will hold approximately 80% of the market in 2020.
Mycoprotein (Quorn), along with seitan, tempeh, soy products and ‘others’ account for the remaining 20% of the industry. These may currently hold a smaller market share, but their niche appeal and exciting product innovation within the category is attracting consumers attention, and the potential for market growth is huge.
Data from Grand View Research, Inc. Figures correct as of September 2019. For 2020 figures please see the 'Plant-based foods in Europe' report.
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