With kind permission from researcher and data analyst Chris Bryant, what follows is a graphic depiction of the protein transition in the UK, where the number of vegans more than doubled in just three years.
“The UK is truly undergoing a protein transition away from animal products.“
1. Per capita total meat consumption decreased 17% in the 10 years to 2019
2. Per capita red meat consumption decreased 37% in the 10 years to 2019
The same paper showed average red meat consumption falling by more than a third from 37g/day to 24g/day over the same period. Fish consumption was fairly steady, while poultry consumption increased slightly.
3. The number of vegans more than doubled from 2019-2022
4. Sales of chilled vegetarian foods have increased exponentially since 2013
Researcher Chris Bryant commented to vegconomist: “We looked at a number of data sources to explore UK trends in consumption of meat and meat alternatives. While meat consumption has steadily declined over the last decade, sales of meat alternatives have increased exponentially, while the number of vegans more than doubled in just 3 years! The UK is truly undergoing a protein transition away from animal products.“