61% Of Spaniards 'Regularly' Have Meat-Free Days

An increasing number of Europeans are reducing their meat intake
More people are opting for regular meat-free days

Nearly two thirds (61 percent) of Spaniards regularly made a point to have meat-free days in 2017, according to research by Mintel.

The report - Summer Food and Drink Trends 2018 - forecasts consumer choices based on 'new products hitting store shelves around the world, and observing the latest insights into consumer behaviour'.

It looks at how many people in a number of European countries have consciously chosen to enjoy meat-free days.

'Popular in Europe'

According to the data, significant numbers of people in some European countries are choosing to ditch meat 'regularly'. The stats show that almost half of people quizzed in France and Italy (45 percent) have meat-free days.

Looking at the reducetarian trend, the report says: "This trend is proving particularly popular in Europe. Various concerns have led to a majority of Germans and Poles, known for their meat-heavy diets, to make a point of regularly having meat-free days.

"Six out of 10 (57 percent) Germans and more than half (55 percent) of Poles regularly have meat-free days. And the story looks similar in other parts of the world: In the US, 33 percent of consumers plan to buy more plant-based food products in the next year, rising to 37 percent of Millennials. Over a third (34 percent) of meat consumers in Canada agree that they try to moderate how much meat they eat because of health concerns."

Increasingly innovative alternatives to traditional meat are encouraging people to try a reducetarian approach

Products

The report says the availability of an increasing number of innovative products is one of the factors driving the reducetarian movement, saying: "The selection, taste and quality of vegan products in the sector are reaching new heights this year. 

"One example is UK retailer Sainsbury's, which launched seven new plant-based products in early 2018, including BBQ pulled jackfruit, mushroom mince and cauliflower burgers.

"Gone are the days of uninspired soy burgers for the lone vegan or vegetarian at the garden party. With an increase in flavourful and speciality vegan products, such as black bean chipotle, quinoa crunch southwest or Asian spiced burgers, expect to see plenty of well-seasoned and savoury options that just might tempt the flexitarian away from their sausages."

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