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Vegan Champions Retail/FMCG 2022

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  • 96 Pages
  • March 2022
  • Region: Global
  • ResearchFarm Ltd
  • ID: 5562723

From Boom to Bust? On Its Way to Peak Meat? The Long Term Promise

During the Coronavius lockdowns a novel thesis emerged about the consumer societies of the West moving towards “peak meat”. This argument rested on a number of assumptions, of concerns about climate change coming together with technical innovations in the plant based food sector creating a new dynamic vegan food sector. The idea was that consumers cut back on meat and become flexitarians or become fully fledged vegetarians and vegans  for health reasons (with Covid as a diffuse driver of all kinds of fitness and health trends) and to protect the environment (by reducing emissions from the meat industry).

The poster boy of this development were Beyond Meat and Impossible as well as Oatly in the plant based milk sector. Oatly and Beyond Meat launched multi billion IPOs, but at the same time as lockdowns have eased valuations have crashed back down to earth.

From Boom to Bust

A combination of too high price points and also of the product not satisfying consumer demands and needs quite yet has led to this “bust”. Much of the ebbing of the sales surge was down to products failing to meet taste expectations. Buying in large quantities during the lockdowns highlighted the shortcomings of next-generation plant-based meats.

Price, alongside taste and health credentials, is now the key factor in the companies’ efforts to widen the consumer base. Only when these companies hit a certain price threshold, all kinds of retail channels will be available to them. A lower price will enable them to be compared and to get in front of consumers. 

Another related issue concerns the actual health benefits of these products. Especially in the case of plant based meat, current product offerings are highly processed foods with a number of additives often with high salt levels. This makes the product look like highly processed food and acts as another barrier to repeat purchases.

So was the plant based craze all hype? We do not think so, we believe that froth has come out of the market and a more realistic view has set in among the investor community about where the vegan or new food sector is headed (and with it its champion companies). We do not think this development is just a fad, but rather a long term trend. As of 2022 plant-based meat substitute sales accounted for about 1% of the total meat market. So there is all to play for still. This view and analysis of the sector is backed up by the big multi nationals muscling in aggressively into the space.

Vegan or new food represents big chance to conquer the “centre of the plate” which had previously always been off limits for the likes of Unilever and Nestlé. Plant-based protein appeals because it is branded, not commodified, enabling the FMCGs to tap into their marketing strengths and create price differentiation between premium and everyday versions of the product. In many markets meat is almost all private label, and has for decades been dominated by meat processors and farmers.

Now, multinationals are racing to build a business in plant-based protein alternatives, as well as investing for the future in labgrown meat. According to their view, every animal protein will over time have a plant-based alternative. Meat cultivated in bioreactors avoids the issues of bacterial contamination from animal waste and the overuse of antibiotics and hormones in animals. Challenges include getting regulatory approval and increasing production.

Key Questions Answered

  • Which FMCGs, start-ups and retailers lead the way in plant-based food?
  • How will the shift to plant-based food impact retail on the front and back end? And what models are available or in the pipeline?
  • In-store ranges will change, moving even further away from animal derived ingredients, as the success of Beyond Meator Oatly (to name just two) show.
  • Will plant-based alternatives win out or will the meat be grown in labs in future?
  • Who will be the first movers? What are the most innovative models for plant-based food?
  • When will New Food reach parity in taste and price?
  • How can the industry finance the change toward more vegan food?
  • What should retailers do now to be ready for a future when being green will be seen as table stakes?
  • Will retailers have to become more vertically integrated to control various aspects of the supply chain and their emissions footprint, and make production more efficient and sustainable?
  • Why will the role of government be crucial in the transition to plant based foods?
  • Why are the FMCG majors moving into the space and which sectors have they targeted?
  • Were Oatly and Beyond Meat always overhyped?
  • Are we on our way to peak meat? Or are vegan foods just a hype?
  • Are plant-based foods all about basket building and one stop shopping? Is it all about offering vegan products just to capture the whole household shop?

Key Features and Benefits

  • Case examples of successful retailers and FMCG and strategies in the sustainability space
  • Analytical deep dive into plant based innovation models
  • In depth discussion of innovative product development, new business models and solutions
  • Insights on challenges and outlook
  • Strategic recommendations
  • Understand how to choose the right tech innovation for your business, catchment and customers
  • Grasp how much to invest in plant based capabilities (depending on your specific sector circumstances)
  • Follow the strategies of stand out performers and incorporate learnings into your own proposition
  • Each section features real life, practical case studies, sharing key learnings and pointing out pitfalls to avoid.
  • Learn from best practice examples
  • Leverage key insights for your own growth strategy by copying successful innovations
  • Understand the threat and opportunity
  • Gain key insights into some of the most active and innovative retail companies in the world

Table of Contents

Executive Summary
Market Sizes
  • Plant-Based Foods Poised for Explosive Growth?
  • New Food to Reach Parity in Taste, Price Over Next Decade
  • Consumption of Alternative Proteins by Protein Source 2020-2035
  • Global Consumption of Protein Products 2020-35
  • Meat Giants Moving In
  • Us Market Size, Growth
  • Us Market Snapshot
The FMCG Giants
  • Targeting the Centre of the Plate
  • Unilever to Make €1.0Bn Out of Alternative Meat and Dairy
  • Nestle: Vegan/Vegetarian Foods Revenues Reach Sfr1Bn
  • Danone Acquires Plant-Based Brand Follow Your Heart
  • Danone: Alpro Adds Production Capacity in the Alsace
Plant Based Meat
  • Meat Causing Twice the Pollution of Plant-Based Foods
  • The Case for Plant Based Meats
  • Alternative Protein Market - the State of Play
  • Price Cuts and Efficiencies to Come - a Bright Future?
  • Us Plant-Based Meat Sales Hitting the Buffers. Temporarily?
  • As Innovators Launch 3D Printed Cuts
  • Gentle UK Slow Down - Concerns About Ingredients and Clean Labels
  • So Where Are We Then? Going Through the Hype Cycle
  • Big Brands to Displace Unbranded and Private Label Meat
  • Green Storytelling and Supply Chain Security
  • Venture Funding, Angels and Big Food Investment in 2021
  • Plant Based Investment Outperforms Cultivate - for Now
  • Impossible Foods - Going for Foodservice First
  • Impossible Foods, Spac or Ipo?
  • Impossible Foods - Eyes $7Bn Valuation in Fundraising
Beyond Meat
  • Beyond Meat Being Heavily Shorted
  • Beyond Meat’S Profit Warning
  • Beyond Meat - 2021 An Aberration?
  • Beyond Meat, Bad News from Maple Leaf
  • Meatless Farm, Launching into Germany
Lab Grown Meat
  • Curated Meat - the Next Big Thing
  • Singapore First to Approve Cultured Meat for Sale
  • Upside Foods - Lab Grown Meat
  • Redefine Meat: 3D Printed Vegan Cuts to Restaurants
  • Redefine Meat, Novameat, Aleph Farms
  • Aleph Farms Develops Steak in a Laboratory
Eat Just
  • Eat Just Raises Us$100M
  • Eat Just Leading a Global Push Toward Lab-Grown Meat
  • Eat Just, from Hampton Creek to Eat Just Via Just Egg
  • Eat Just - Prices Are Coming Down, But Fast Enough?
  • The Problems Inherent in Scaling Up Lab Grown Production
  • Next Gen Foods Raises Us$100M, Chicken Alternative
Plant Based Dairy
  • The Battle for the Future of Milk
  • The Decline of Soy and Rise of Oats and Almond
  • Venture Capital Investment in Plant-Based Dairy Soared to $1.6Bn
  • Targeting High-End Coffee Shops
  • Dairy Companies Introducing Their Own Alternatives
  • 90% Who Drink Milk Alternatives, Also Consume Cow’s Milk
  • Oatly - $10Bn Valuation. Far Too High and Not Sustainable
  • Despite Rapid Growth, Health Trends, Being a Pioneer Still Loss Making
  • Oatly - Shares Crash as Supply Chain Challenges Lead to Revenue Warning
  • Dug Drinks - Potato Milk at Waitrose
  • Dug Drinks - Super Sustainable, But Pricey
  • Introduction
  • Uk Veganuary
  • Tesco’S Range Optimisation Work
  • Tesco and Beyond Meat Launch Ready Meal Range
  • Tesco’s Plant-Based Food Journey to Date
  • Asda - a Fully Vegan Butchers Counter
  • Sainsbury’s, Rudy’S Vegan Butcher
  • Aldi - Plant Menu Range
  • Lidl, Edeka - New Vegan Umbrella Brands
  • Migros Introduces Vegan Eggs
  • Veganz - a Weak Start to Trading as a Public Company
  • Veganz - Getting into Football Stadiums
Outlook and Recommendations
  • Sources
Charts & Tables
  • Chart 1: Consumption of Alternative Proteins by Protein Source 2020-2035
  • Chart 2: Global Consumption of Protein Products 2020-35
  • Chart 3: Us Market Size, Growth



Companies Mentioned

  • Impossible Foods
  • Veganz
  • Migros
  • Lidle
  • Edeka
  • Aldi
  • Sainsbury's
  • Tesco
  • ASDA
  • Dig Drinks
  • Oatly
  • Eat Just
  • Aleph Farms
  • Redefine Meat 
  • Upside Foods
  • Meatless Farm
  • Beyond Meat


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