It is estimated that about 2 billion people live primarily on a meat-based diet worldwide, while 4 billion focus on a plant-based diet. With a population of 300 million, the US food production system is a dominant meat-based market.
Culture, the people around us, and our habits determine what we eat. Moving away from one form of diet is often difficult. You could look at the following facts.
According to Mintel, today, the meat substitutes market is led by tofu and tofu ingredients-based products, tempeh, textured vegetable protein, soy, wheat, and mycoprotein. The tofu and tofu ingredients segment accounted for the largest share of the meat substitutes market in 2017.
Tofu and tempeh are derived from soy and are popular meat alternatives for vegans and vegetarians. Now, one can have soy burgers, soy turkey, soy bacon, soy chicken, and soy hot dog food products if they want an alternative to meat.
The meat substitutes market, estimated at $4.68 billion in 2018, is expected to reach $6.43 billion by 2023 — growing at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 6.8%. This market also has low-fat, fortified snacks along with meat-substitute products. Now companies like Quorn (UK), Meatless (Netherlands), ADM (US), Du Pont (US), and several others specific to individual countries and regions are focusing on such foods.
Change of diet is a change issue. Making a gradual shift helps.
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