According to MarketsandMarkets, the “Textured Vegetable Protein Market by Application (Meat alternatives, Cereals & snacks, Others), Form, Source (Soy, Wheat, and Peas), Type (Slices, Flakes, Chunks, and Granules), and Region – Global Forecast to 2025″, the market size is estimated to be valued at USD 1.1 billion in 2020 and is projected to reach USD 1.5 billion by 2025, recording a CAGR of 6.2%, in terms of value. The changing consumer preference and interest in vegetable protein sources, due to its nutritional profile, inclination toward clean eating, rise in health concerns, and environmental concerns, as well as animal welfare, have resulted in the growth of the alternatives, such as plant-based meat, and ingredients such as textured vegetable protein.
Drivers: Growing adaption of meat alternatives among consumers
Textured vegetable protein obtained from various sources such as soy, wheat, and pea has been adaptive among the food manufacturers, as it poses as a meat alternative with functional and nutritional characteristics. Also, it has witnessed high rates of adoption among consumers, as it replicates the characteristics of meat products, such as sausages, burger patties, nuggets, and crumbles, with a similar texture and flavor. Meat alternatives contain protein from plants and are formulated to providing an option for non-meat consumers. Flexitarians have been actively working to reduce meat consumption in their diets and are emerging as a larger potential consumer segment. This has increased the production of meat alternatives that closely match the consumer eating experience of beef, chicken, and other animal-based products.
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According to Animal Legal Defense Fund, in the US, every year, more than 9 billion animals are raised and killed on factory farms. The factory farm system has contributed to a range of problems, from increasing antibiotic resistance to the climate crisis. The consumer inclination toward meat alternatives can mitigate animal-sourced food to a huge percentage. Meat alternative manufacturers, such as Beyond Meat (US) and Impossible Foods (US), have witnessed a surge in sales of meat alternatives, due to a shortage of beef and pork during the COVID-19 pandemic. Beyond Meat (US) reported its first-quarter net revenue spike of 141 % to more than USD 97 million in 2020, compared to the previous year USD 40 million in 2019.
Challenges: Stringent government regulations & concerns over safety due to the inclusion of the GM ingredients
Soy, wheat, and pea are among the prominent sources used in the production of textured vegetable proteins and are produced in countries such as Brazil, the US, Argentina, China, and India. With the augmenting demand for plant-based food & beverages among the consumers, the demand for soy, wheat, and pea has also increased. However, to meet the growing demand for various textured protein sources, adulteration with genetically modified (GM) ingredients pose an emerging threat. For instance, non-GMO soybeans are primarily used for human consumption, whereas the GM soybeans are utilized mostly in livestock feed.
Most GM soy is industrially produced with hexane, which is detrimental to consumer health if consumed in larger quantities. Thus, the consumption of plant-based food products that have manufactured by GM soybean has resulted in a point of concern for consumers globally.
The slices type segment is projected to account for a major share in the textured vegetable protein market during the forecast period
By type, the textured vegetable protein market is dominated by slices. Textured vegetable protein slices are obtained by processing various beans with higher protein content. They are the unique source of protein that contains essential amino acids, protective ingredients, minerals, and vitamins, which are necessary for total metabolism. During adequate heat treatment, the anti-nutritive factors are removed, thereby improving the protein content. They are generally characterized by structural integrity, which remains the same during hydration and heat treatments.
The North American region is the largest in the textured vegetable protein market during the forecast period.
The textured vegetable protein market is driven by the rise in the detrimental effects of conventional meat production and health concerns among consumers. This has increased the demand for meat alternatives and advancements in the research & development activities to substitute traditional meat products. The North American textured vegetable protein market is led by its various applications with respect to sustainability. Advancements in ingredient development have helped improve the adaptability of textured proteins for a wide range of food applications and are estimated to drive growth in the region. The North American region is the largest market for textured vegetable protein, owing to the development of novel and superior quality meat alternatives, developed technologies, and higher consumer adaption to meat alternatives. The increase in processed and convenience food production and innovations in segments such as meat alternatives and cereals & snacks drives the demand for textured vegetable protein in the North American region.
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