unexpected aspect. How the war in Ukraine hit the production of vegan cheese
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Manufacturers offer vegetarian substitutes for feta, gouda and even parmesan. Business analysts assure that the market is developing rapidly. Vegan cheese sales to grow to $7 billion by 2030.
The vegan cheese market is growing rapidly in Europe, with sales reaching $7 billion by 2030. However, the war in Ukraine is taking a toll on business. BBC writes about it.
Vegetarians are reportedly offering plant-based substitutes for feta, gouda and even parmesan. You can also find alternative cheese for fondue in stores.
While in 2020, global sales of vegan cheese were $2.5 billion, by 2030 business analysts predict growth to $7 billion.
< h2>Cashew Parmesan and Bean Feta
In 2017, a young entrepreneur from the Netherlands, Brad Vanstone, created Willicroft. This decision came to him not by chance – he himself switched to a vegan diet and tried to find suitable products in supermarkets, but not very successfully.
As a result, he launched the production of products from herbal ingredients. It now produces five titles, including the vegan Young Dutchman, which mimics gouda; “Italian aged”, similar to parmesan; “Greek white” that can replace feta, as well as cheese for fondue and pasta.
Wastone already sells in the UK and plans to enter the German market soon.
Check out the Willicroft website for the ingredients used to make cheese substitutes. So, for example, the composition of “parmesan” includes: cashews, corn starch, nutritional yeast, salt, garlic powder, natural flavoring. And “feta” is made from white beans, coconut oil, potato starch, apple cider vinegar and garlic powder.
The war in Ukraine and the vegan market cheese
The Italian Nivi Jas from London, after switching to a vegetarian diet, swore off eating vegetable cheese – its taste seemed plastic. However, Jas's girlfriend made a delicious plant-based cashew cheese at home. This idea inspired him so much that he and his partner founded the brand I Am Nut Ok in 2017. Today they have eight titles sold in over 200 retail outlets in the UK.
However, this year has been difficult even for his business. And the war in Ukraine played an important role in this. According to Jas, the prices for electricity and ingredients have risen significantly. We are talking about sunflower oil, which is imported from Ukraine.
“We do not see any growth,” a British businessman comments.
In addition, there is confusion on both sides of the border about how to classify a vegan cheese substitute.
Currently, the world leader in the production of vegan cheese substitutes is the Greek company Violife. Its products are exported to more than 60 countries, including the US, UK, Germany and the Netherlands.
This year, plant-based meat sales have fallen for the first time due to inflation.