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Germany Sees Meat Production Drop As Demand For Plant-Based Alternatives Skyrockets

The value of meat substitutes has also increased to a staggering €374.9 million, according to new research...


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Meat production in Germany has declined, while demand for plant-based alternatives continues to soar. 

According to reports, the country’s Federal Statistics Office said the total value of meat products in Germany was valued at $46.8 billion last year. This is a four percent decrease from 2019. 

Plant-based alternatives

However, plant-based meat alternatives skyrocketed 39 percent in 2020, compared to the year before. 

The value of meat substitutes also increased from €272.8 million to a staggering €374.9 million.

Moreover, meat replacement production soared from 60,400 tons to nearly 84,000 tons in 2020.

Vegans in Germany

Last year, a poll found the number of vegans in Germany had doubled in just four years.

Veganz, a German vegan supermarket, and food producer, did the research, surveying around 2,600 participants.

It looked at ‘the eating habits of omnivores and vegans’ in seven European countries. These are Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, France, Portugal, and Denmark.

The chain said: “Living vegan or vegetarian is no longer a niche phenomenon and is now more than just socially accepted.

“The vegan trend is strongest in Germany. Extrapolated for the current population of 83.1 million people (as of June 2020), our study results show that 2.6 million people – around 3.2% of the population – are vegan and about 3.6 million (4.4%) vegetarians. 

“This means – if you take the Skopos Study from 2016 for comparison – that within just 4 years, the number of vegans has exactly doubled from 1.3 million (2016) to 2.6 million.”

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1 year ago

Not sure if the drop in meat production can be entirely based on lower demand unfortunately.
Like many countries last year we had a few issues regarding coronavirus outbreaks in meat producing plants, leading to a forced stop in some.

Regardless, the numbers of meat replacement products give hope

Rodrigo Digone Mascarenhas
Rodrigo Digone Mascarenhas
1 year ago

Yesssssssssss #GOVEGAN

Oana Hegedus
Oana Hegedus
1 year ago

Meat production value is 124.8 times more than the vegan alternative. Also, if we take in consideration that vegan “meat” is more expensive and we consider the quantity produced, I am certain the difference will be even higher.
Not saying it’s not a good trend, but not revolutionary.
I would be curious how polutant is the meat alternative production, afterall it is a processed food. Does is surpass the meat production in its carbon print or not?
If you have any resources that would show that I would be interested to read them.

Darrell Sawczuk
Darrell Sawczuk
1 year ago
Reply to  Oana Hegedus

If you take a look at this, it is quite shocking!

1 year ago

When your study asked about veganism, was it just a vegan diet or a vegan commitment? I know many people who like to say they’re vegan but they’re using animal-tested products, including medicines, and those that have animal ingredients.

Elizabeth Oneal
Elizabeth Oneal
1 year ago
Reply to  GaryDiNardo

Veganism is about doing the best you can. I’ve been vegan 10 yrs and DO NOT use animal tested products from household cleaning supplies to makeup and hair products. Maybe this will give you a better understanding.

“People look at me as a vegan and conclude that since I stepped on a
snail or because the vegetables I eat resulted in a tractor death for a
squirrel somewhere in Paraguay that somehow vegans are hypocrites, which
of course they’re not since perfection is an unattainable goal and is
something to be driven towards, never actually achieved.

difference between you and the vegan standing next to you is that while
you’re both going to step on a bug tomorrow, they’ve decided to dedicate
their lives to as little harm as possible, completely independent from
what you do. So in no way does the protozoan life form they step on
negate your responsibility for the lamb you’re paying a stranger to cut
tomorrow. And falling 1% short of an unattainable goal is really good
when you’re standing next to someone who won’t even try.”
~Shelley Williams~

McKenna Grace Fisher
McKenna Grace Fisher
1 year ago

~ This is what I love hearing about and see happening ~ Way To Go Germany ~ The ‘Consumer’ is the biggest driving force of Animals use ~ Reduce and or eliminate the demand and we shall see a kinder more loving World ~ That’s something I can certainly sink my teeth into ~ Enjoy this great news ~ mgf

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