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Meat- and Fish Alternatives

EU Meat Producers Driving Plant-Based Market Growth in Europe, Part 1

Europe experienced some of the most significant growth in the plant-based food sector globally, with the industry expanding by a reported 49% between 2018 and 2020 amid the first bubble of hype, post-Beyond IPO. This surge didn’t go unnoticed by the EU’s leading meat producers. Possessing well-established brands, extensive marketing capabilities, and solid distribution channels—bolstered by government subsidies—these traditional meat companies have substantial resources for research and development. Their entrance into the plant-based market undoubtedly raises consumer awareness and accessibility of these alternatives. However, this shift can present a challenge for startups competing in the same space. After looking closely at meat producers in the Americas starting plant-based projects last year, this series now looks at Europe. The European market is characterized by its high …


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Products & Launches

Red Meat Giant ABP Expands Plant-Based Dopsu Range With Mince & Meatballs

Article amended 7/2: products are made with pea protein, not wheat. Irish meat producer ABP Group has added to its plant-based Dopsu range with two new products — No-Beef Balls and No-Beef Mince. The meat alternatives are made from pea protein and are now available at Asda stores in the UK. The launch is accompanied by a marketing campaign featuring TV personality Fred Sirieix, who is a Dopsu brand ambassador. “Dopsu’s range cooks and tastes just like meat, so people can create their favourite meals without compromising on a meat lovers’ experience. It is affordable, convenient, and helps to reduce wastage for diners who are turning to foods that fit with a more sustainable lifestyle,” Abigail Flynn, brand manager at Dopsu, told The Grocer. Positive …


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Products & Launches

Ireland’s Red Meat Giant ABP Launches Pea-Based Duck, Lamb, Pork & Beef Under New Dopsu Brand

Irish meat producer ABP has launched a new retail plant-based brand named Dopsu, a portmanteau of ‘doppelgänger’ and ‘substitute’. The portfolio consisting of frozen No-Beef Pieces, No-Chicken Pieces, No-Duck Pieces, No-Lamb Pieces and No-Pork Pieces, is aimed towards flexitarians and will be listed from July onwards in both supermarket and online channels in the UK. “The launch of a meat substitute brand complements our core business, beef“ ABP first entered the meat-free category in 2011. This May, ABP Food Group made a deal with UK agri-food business Fane Valley Co-op to acquire the remaining 50% holding in its red meat business, which included Linden Foods, a Northern Ireland market leader in processed red meat. Bob Carnell, Chief Executive Officer of ABP UK, said: “With research …


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Company News

Consortium of Ten Plant-Based Giants Announce Go-Ahead for ‘Plenitude’, World’s First Large Scale Mycoprotein Facility

Plenitude is a project launched by a consortium of ten partners spanning biotech, protein expertise, sustainability, and three key players in food – Mosa Meat, Vivera, and ABP. The group has announced the go-ahead for the building of a first-of-its-kind, large-scale mycoprotein facility, following its securing last year of €17m in funding.