Vegan Launches Trending Up Across Europe
Vegan product claims continue to grow across Europe. The percentage of new foods and beverages launched in Europe that included a vegan claim quadrupled between 2014 and 2020, growing from 3% to 12%.1 Germany had the highest percentage of vegan claims in new products in 2020 at 22%, followed by the UK at 19%, the Netherlands at 14%, and Spain at 10%.2
There are signs that the COVID pandemic has given plant-based nutrition a boost. Mintel reports 17% of consumers in Spain, 13% in France and Germany, and 12% in Italy indicate the COVID pandemic has made a vegan diet more appealing to them.3 Two out of five German consumers and at least one in three Spanish consumers agree the pandemic proves people need to eat fewer animals.4 According to FMCG Gurus, one in five German and French consumers plan to change their diets to include more plant-based foods going forward.5
Key Drivers and Preferred Plant-Based Products
Top reasons for adopting plant-based or plant-centered eating include health, the environment, and animal welfare. For example, FMCG Gurus reports that among UK consumers who plan to add more plant-based foods to their diets, 63% believe plant-based foods are healthier, 59% believe they’re better for the environment, and 22% are concerned about the welfare and treatment of animals, with plant-based milk and plant-based meat the preferred product choices.6 German consumers show similar product preferences.