Plant-based Meat Market Growth, Trends, Leading Players, and Forecast by 2027

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Plant-based Meat Market by Source (Soy, Wheat, Blends, Pea), Product (Burger Patties, Strips & Nuggets, Sausages, Meatballs), Type (Beef, Chicken, Pork, Fish), Distribution Channel, Storage and Region - Global Forecast to 2027

The global plant-based meat market size is estimated to be valued at USD 7.9 billion in 2022 and is projected to reach USD 15.7 billion by 2027, recording a CAGR of 14.7% in terms of value during the forecast period. Plant-based meat products serve as an alternative to animal meat. The rise in consumption of plant-based meat is either due to medical reasons or lifestyle changes.

Plant-based Meat Market

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The food retail segment among distribution channels is estimated to have the largest market

Based on the distribution channel, the food retail segment is estimated to account for the largest share of the plant-based meat market in 2022. Food retail refers to operating retail, supermarkets, hypermarket stores, and other stores where various products, such as grocery items, vegetables, uncooked meat, and frozen products, are made available to consumers. The distribution channel is already popular among consumers worldwide due to the wide availability of various products. Therefore, this distribution channel is being used by established plant-based meat companies and startups to increase the penetration of their products in the market, making it the largest segment during the forecast period in the plant-based meat market.

The burger patties segment is projected to grow at the highest CAGR in the plant-based meat market during the forecast period

By product, the plant-based meat market is segmented into burger patties, strips & nuggets, sausages, meatballs, and other products. The other products include slices, fillets, cutlets, fingers, and crumbles. Burgers are generally very popular among consumers globally, particularly in North America. With the growing veganism trend and health consciousness, the demand for plant-based burgers is on the rise. The segment has been dominating the market historically and is expected to continue doing so during the forecast period, making it the fastest-growing product segment in the plant-based meat market.

Europe region holds the largest share in the plant-based meat market

The European plant-based meat market accounted for the largest market share in 2020. This dominance is attributed to the rising health concerns among consumers regarding meat products and the exponentially growing veganism trend in the region. Furthermore, European plant-based meat manufacturers focus on developing innovative products backed by appropriate research and development facilities available in the region. Several European retailers and supermarkets have added plant-based meat products to their product range to cater to the rising demand for plant-based meat products across the region.

Top Companies in Plant-based Meat Market

Key players in this market include Beyond Meat (US), Kellogg Company (US), Impossible Foods Inc. (US), Maple Leaf Foods (Canada), Unilever (UK), Conagra Foods (US), Tofurky (US), Gold&Green Foods Ltd (Finland), Sunfed (New Zealand), and Monde Nissin (Philippines).

Beyond Meat (US), a Delaware Corporation is one of the biggest alternative protein brands offering a portfolio of plant-based meats. The company markets the plant-based product via three categories: beef, pork, and poultry. Beyond Meats range of plant-based meat products can be categorized into four segments: Beyond Burgers, Beyond Sausage, Beyond Beef, and Beyond Beef Crumbles. The company has a wide presence in the US. Its factories are in Columbia and Missouri of the US.

Impossible Foods Inc., (us), manufactures plant-based products by observing animal products at the molecular level and selects specific proteins and nutrients from greens, seeds, and grains to recreate meat and dairy products. Impossible Foods Inc. has its first large-scale food manufacturing site located in Oakland, California. The countries where the company has its presence include the US, Canada, Hong Kong, Macau, and Singapore.