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Almost One In Four UK Food Products Launched In 2019 Labelled Vegan

Nearly a quarter of all new food products launched in the UK last year were vegan, and two-thirds of Britons prefer to eat meat alternatives according to last reports.

According to a report from the global market research company Mintel, the number of Britons who have eaten plant-based meat alternatives has grown from 50% in 2017 to 65% during the last two years.

The report says the sales of meat-free food products have risen by 40% and reached an estimated £816m in 2019.

Mintel found that the number of Britons who have reduced the amount of meat they consume has grown from 28% in 2017 to 39% in 2019. 

Despite the increasing popularity of flexitarian diet, 88% of Britons would still eat pork, beef and poultry occasionally. 

The number of vegan food product launches has risen from 17% in 2018 to 23% last year while vegans only make up about 1% of the UK population, the figures show.

When asked about the benefits of eating less meat, 25% of consumers said improving the environment, while 32% said it helped to improve health and 31% said it saved them money.

Kate Vlietstra, Mintel global food and drink analyst, said: “The rising popularity of flexitarian diets has helped to drive demand for meat-free products.

 “Many consumers perceive that plant-based foods are a healthier option and this notion is the key driver behind the reduction in meat consumption in recent years.”

 Vegan and meat-free options are extremely popular among consumers and boost sales of food producers and restaurants. Restaurants and fast-food chains are continuously adding more vegan and vegetarian options to their menu. 

Greggs credits its high profits last year to the success of a vegan sausage roll launch and has now added more vegan products to its menu for 2020. 

Sep 23, 2021

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