UK vegan sector is growing
In 2018, the UK launched more vegan products than any nation, and in the six months leading up to July 2018, 34% of British meat eaters reduced their meat consumption. So there’s clearly a growing demand for vegan and alternative meat products in this country.
Edward Bergen, Global Food and Drinks Analyst at Mintel commented on the growing UK vegan market:
“The UK has seen a huge promotion of vegan restaurants and new ranges. The most poignant of these is the expansion of supermarket own-label ranges in mainstream stores, with dedicated vegan ranges. Additional space is also being freed up by UK supermarkets in the on-the-go aisles and small format stores, to help promote vegan options and make it easier for meat eating consumers to try these new concepts out.
“Meanwhile, initiatives like ‘Veganuary’ and ‘meat-less Monday’ allow consumers to flirt with veganism without the long-term commitment. As more people reduce their meat intake, they experiment with more plant-based dishes catering for their flexitarian lifestyles – whether at home, on-the-go or in restaurants. Moreover, consumers are becoming more willing than ever to expand their comfort zones, push themselves to the limit with new experiences and use social media to compete with and offer inspiration to their peers.”
Food manufacturers adapting to changing consumer behaviour
This demand for meat-free and vegan products has meant that food manufacturers have had to up their game; either creating a completely new vegan range that they didn’t have before, or expanding their current offering.
Nestlé, who earlier this year took the step of entering the alternative proteins market with the launch of their 100% plant-based Garden Gourmet Incredible Burger, have now announced they will be adding to their range with new alternatives to cheese and bacon.
Chilled food manufacturer, Kerry Foods, announced the launch of its new plant-based product line, Naked Glory.
For brands such as these, who also have a range of non-vegan lines that they will continue to produce, logistically, it may be necessary from both a practical and cost-effective standpoints to produce these lines in the same manufacturing plants.
So how do you ensure no cross-contamination between vegan and non-vegan product lines?
Preventing cross contamination of product lines
Short of moving them into separate facilities, food manufacturers need an effective, cost-efficient way of preventing cross contamination.
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