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Plant-Based Food Sales Grew 3 Times Faster Than Total Food Sales, Report Reveals

US plant-based food retail sales have reached $7.4 billion, growing by 54 percent since 2018

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New data published in a report by The Good Food Institute (GFI), the Plant-Based Foods Association (PBFA), and SPINS, shows that plant-based food retail sales have grown three times faster than total food sales. 

Despite the turbulent economic conditions seen as a result of the pandemic, sales of plant-based products like milk, meat, and eggs surpassed sales of the non-vegan versions they were designed to replace. 

Looking at the plant-based sector, the highest growth recorded was the egg category. The report found that plant-based eggs ranked as the fastest-growing vegan category, increasing by 42 percent. This was followed by dairy-free creamers, which rose by 33 percent, and ready-to-drink beverages at 22 percent. 

Vegan milk takes on dairy

As the largest category in the plant-based market, non-dairy milk now holds a 16 percent share – up from 12 percent in 2018, contributing to $105 million in growth. Dairy milk on the other hand saw a loss of $264 million.   

Almond milk was identified as the category leader, accounting for 59 percent of total plant-based milk sales, followed by oat milk, which made up 17 percent of sales. 

No signs of stopping

The second-largest plant-based category was plant-based meats, remaining strong at $1.4 billion. Sales grew by 74 percent over the past three years – outpacing animal-based meat by almost three times.

Within the plant-based meat category, meat-free burgers continue to lead the way as the top-selling product type. The most popular items were vegan meatballs, chicken nuggets, tenders, and cutlets.

The report also revealed that 62 percent of US households are now buying plant-based products – up from 61 percent in 2020, suggesting that the plant-based market will continue to thrive over the coming years.

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Riya Lakhani-Kanji

Riya Lakhani-Kanji is a writer and registered nutritionist. She has completed a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Human Nutrition and has developed a passion for writing about all things plant-based

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