Vegetarianism

Vegan is going mainstream, trend data suggests

Vegan is going mainstream, trend data suggests

By Elizabeth Crawford

The appeal and potential for vegan products is expanding beyond the small group of people who avoid animal products for ethical reasons to include the much larger base of consumers seeking healthier, cleaner foods, according to an industry expert. 

“For us to try and increase our market, we have to be very close and particular about how we’re creating textures and tastes, because we’re going after people who know what meat tastes like,” said David McMonigle, marketing director of Vege USA. Pictured: Vegan pepper steak

Special Edition: Plant-based diets

Honey, let’s have vegan tonight

By Maggie Hennessy

Demand for meat alternative products is growing where it’s most expected on retail store shelves—in natural food markets. In traditional markets, awareness is growing as more consumers (including the carnivorous) are starting to think of “meatless” as...

Startup debuts shelf stable meat replacement free of soy and gluten

Startup debuts shelf stable meat replacement free of soy and gluten

By Hank Schultz

A new entrant is set to stir up the long stagnant shelf stable meat replacement market. Neat Foods, a Lancaster, PA-based startup, will debut its line of vegan, gluten- and soy-free, non GMO meat replacements at the upcoming Expo East trade show in New...

Environmental footprint of vegetarian diets 30% lower, say researchers

Dispatches from the 6th International Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition

Environmental footprint of vegan and vegetarian diets 30% lower than non-vegetarian diets, say researchers: ‘We have to drastically cut consumption of meat and dairy’

By Elaine Watson, Loma Linda, California

If the evidence that plant-based diets are better for human health is compelling, the evidence that they are better for the planet is indisputable, delegates at the 6th International Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition were told.

Dr David Jacobs: “It seems that the presence of more phytochemical-rich plant foods rather than the complete absence of animal foods is what makes a vegetarian diet so successful.”

Dispatches from the 6th International Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition

Veg congress day one: The fact vegetarians are healthier than meat-eaters is ‘one of the most consistent findings of nutritional epidemiology’

By Elaine Watson, Loma Linda, California

People on a plant-based diet are consistently slimmer and healthier than meat eaters, with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes, according to research unveiled at the 6th International Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition (ICVN).

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