GERMANY, Wiesbaden. Whether animal welfare, hygiene or, last but not least, the working conditions for employees: the news surrounding meat as a foodstuff continue. Meat substitutes such as vegetarian spreads, soya fritters or tofu are perhaps one of the reasons why there is an increasing demand and production is growing.
In the 1st quarter of 2020, the quantity of meat substitutes intended for sale increased by 37% from just under 14.700 t to 20.000 t compared to the same quarter of the previous year.
During the same period, the production value for meat substitutes rose by 36% from just under € 62.4 mill. to € 85.1 mill. In the whole of 2019, the production of meat substitutes reached a value of € 272.8 mill. This sum is relatively low compared to meat production. The production value of the categories meat, poultry meat and processed meat in 2019 totalled € 40.1 bn.