Report finds 51% of Germans have reduced their meat consumption


Most Germans are thinking twice before indulging in hamburgers and frankfurters and instead increasingly enjoying plant-based food options, according to a new market report.

The report, called Plant-Based Food in Germany, has been produced by food awareness organization ProVeg International and brings together data from a Europe-wide sales analysis and a European consumer survey.

Among the revealing findings contained in the report are that a total of 51% of Germans have reduced their meat consumption in the past year, making Germany the country with the highest share of meat reducers, after Romania, among the analyzed countries.

The other main points highlight in the market insight are: 

  • 10% of German consumers are plant-based eaters (vegetarian+vegan), making Germany the country with the highest share of plant-based eaters among the analyzed European countries. 
  • 30% of Germans identify as flexitarian. 
  • 32% of German consumers say they will consume fewer dairy products (e.g. milk, yogurt, cheese) in the next six months. 
  • The German market for plant-based dairy products counts among the largest and fastest growing markets in Europe.
  • Compared to other countries analyzed, German consumers are most likely to pay more for plant-based meat than for animal-based meat. 26% are likely to pay a higher price if the plant-based product has the same taste and texture as animal-based meat.

“This market report highlights the growing desire among the German population to diversify their diet away from meat and dairy products and to try out alternative options,” Matthias Rohra, Executive Director Germany at ProVeg International, said. 

“It also shows there is tremendous potential for plant-based foods in Germany and across Europe and we hope companies will be encouraged to develop more and better products.”

Data in the report was sourced from a sales analysis1 and consumer survey2 that were funded by the EU’s €10-million Smart Protein project which seeks to develop a new generation of alternative protein sources that are cost effective, resource efficient, and nutritious. 

The sales analysis was based on sales data from Nielsen MarketTrack for Germany and 10 other European countries and covers six different plant-based products categories in each country, depending on availability (plant-based meat, fish, milk, yogurt, cheese, and ice cream). 

The consumer survey was carried out by ProVeg International in partnership with Innova Market Insights, the University of Copenhagen, and Ghent University.

Aside from Germany, other European countries that were analyzed in the sales analysis and consumer survey were Austria, Denmark, France, Italy, The Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Spain and the United Kingdom.



  1. Smart Protein project (2021): Plant-based foods in Europe: How big is the market? Accessible here.
  2. Smart Protein project (2021): What consumers want: A survey on European consumer attitudes towards plant-based foods. Accessible here.




Notes to Editors

For press inquiries, email Lena Renz at [email protected]

For general media inquiries, email Peter Rixon at [email protected]


About ProVeg International

ProVeg is an international food awareness organization working to transform the global food system by replacing conventional animal-based products with plant-based and cultured alternatives.

ProVeg works with international decision-making bodies, governments, food producers, investors, the media, and the general public to help the world transition to a society and economy that are less dependent on animal agriculture and more sustainable for humans, animals, and the planet.

ProVeg has permanent-observer status with the UNFCCC, is accredited for UNEA, and has received the United Nations’ Momentum for Change Award.


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