Vegetarian or vegan meat alternatives such as tofu sausage, seitan schnitzel or veggie burgers are becoming increasingly popular with consumers. However, the production value is low compared to meat.
According to the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), 97,900 t of such products were produced in Germany last year, which was 17.0% more than in 2020. Within two years, production has even increased by 37,500 t or 62.2%. The meat substitute products produced by a total of 44 companies were worth 458.2 million euros in 2021, an increase of 83.3 million euros or 22.2% year-on-year.
Despite this boom, according to the Wiesbaden-based statisticians, the value of meat alternatives was relatively low compared to real meat products. Last year, the production value of meat and meat products produced in Germany was 35.6 billion euros, almost 80 times that of vegan or vegetarian options. However, since 2019 - for the second year in a row - a decline has been observed in the value of meat products, which in 2019 was still at a ten-year high of 40.1 billion euros.
In addition, less and less meat has been consumed in Germany recently. According to the Federal Institute for Agriculture and Food (BLE), average per capita consumption in 2021 was 55.0 kg; this was 7.8 kg or 12.4% less than ten years earlier and the lowest since calculations began in 1989. AgE