Germany Plant Protein Market Trends

Statistics for the 2022 & 2023 Germany Plant Protein market trends, created by Mordor Intelligence™ Industry Reports. Germany Plant Protein trend report includes a market forecast to 2029 and historical overview. Get a sample of this industry trends analysis as a free report PDF download.


Market Trends of germany plant protein Industry

Plant protein consumption growth fuels opportunities for key players in the ingredients sector

  • The German plant protein market is driven by consumers' increasing conversion toward vegan diets due to their functional efficiency, the cost competitiveness offered by reliable plant protein products such as soy, wheat, and pea, and their increasing application in various processed foods. Soy protein is considered healthy for all age groups and helps maintain proper body functions. Plant-based protein alternatives are widely used in the food and beverage and supplement segments. They can be derived from sources such as soy, wheat, and other vegetables, which are essential parts of the food and beverage segment, thus boosting plant protein consumption in Germany. As more consumers increased their preference for vegan diets, the number of vegans in Germany doubled, reaching 2.6 million people and accounting for 3.2% of the population from 2016 to 2020.
  • Favorable government policies to reduce various diseases, such as obesity and diabetes, by controlling meat consumption may result in a growing consumer shift toward wheat protein. Currently, at least 7.2% of the population in Germany has diabetes, most of them type 2 diabetes. The number of people with diabetes is expected to increase significantly over the next two decades.
  • The growing demand for clean-label ingredients and stringent labeling regulations by food authorities are compelling food manufacturers to adopt natural ingredients. Thus, ingredient manufacturers operating in the market are focusing on developing innovative ingredients to cater to the growing demand and achieve a competitive advantage in the market. There is a rising demand for vegan food products and an increasing number of lactose-intolerant consumers in Germany. As a result, the overall plant protein consumption increased from 47 g in 2017 to 53 g in 2022.
Germany Plant Protein Market

Soy, wheat, and pea production contributes majorly as raw material for plant protein ingredients manufacturers

  • Germany's cereal production reached 42 million ton in 2021, a decrease of 2% from 2020, mainly due to heatwaves and drought, which affected the country. Wheat production for 2019-2020 reached 24.2 million ton, up from 20.3 million ton the previous year. Farmers in Germany were growing winter wheat for harvest in 2022 on 2.89 million hectares, 0.6% more than the previous year. In 2022, oat production was estimated at 600,000 ton, with wheat exports at 5.2 million ton, with imports at 3.7 million ton.
  • The German government's program to encourage soybean cultivation has been successful, with plantings for the 2020 crop expanding by 13.8% to 32,900 ha, but with no harvest forecast available. The soybean production in the country recorded an increase of 110% in 2020 since 2016. Germany also grows potatoes more than any other country in the region, producing 11 million ton a year (almost 20% of the European harvest). Additionally, the country's rice production makes it self-sufficient. In 2018, the domestic rice supply in Germany amounted to 405 thousand ton.
  • The oat production in the country has also registered remarkable growth in terms of volume. In 2020, the oat production volume increased by 39% over the previous year. Peas also have significant production in the country, encouraging investments by many private entities. Companies are expanding their production capacity by establishing protein plants. Such strategies being adopted by manufacturers are expected to produce highly processed pea proteins for the food industry using developed technologies and processes. The rising consumer acceptance of plant-based foods is also influencing production and driving the market.
Germany Plant Protein Market


  • Demand for premium baby foods on the rise
  • Consumers shifting away from carbonated beverages may restrain the market
  • Consumers' preferences shift to premium condiments and sauces, away from packaged soups
  • The demand for functional dairy products is expected to drive the market
  • Meat alternatives are emerging as the potential market drivers
  • Healthy snacks are expected to drive the market in the future
  • Feeds with specific claims are on the rise
  • A strong hold of the bakery segment to drive market
  • Fortification and innovative packaging trends to influence breakfast cereals market
  • High confectionery production benefits German manufacturers
  • Aging population to expand the consumer base
  • Single-headed households to drive the RTE/RTC market
  • Consumers with active lifestyles are expected to drive the market
  • Natural cosmetic products are boosting the market studied