South America Meat Substitute Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)

The South America Meat Substitute Market is Segmented by Type (Textured Vegetable Protein, Tofu, Tempeh, Seitan, Quorn, and Other Types); Distribution Channel (Supermarkets/Hypermarkets, Online Retail, Specialty Stores, and Other Retailers); Source (Soy-based, Wheat-based, Mycoprotein-based, and Other Sources), and Geography (Brazil, Argentina, and Rest of South America). The report offers market size and values in (USD Million) during the forecasted years for the above segments.

South America Meat Substitute Market Size

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South America Meat Substitute Market Summary
Study Period 2019 - 2029
Base Year For Estimation 2023
Forecast Data Period 2024 - 2029
Historical Data Period 2019 - 2022
CAGR 11.45 %
Market Concentration Low

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South America Meat Substitute Market Analysis

The South American meat substitute market is projected to register a CAGR of 11.45% during the forecast period.

  • Due to the rising recognition of the advantages of a vegetarian diet, the demand for plant-based meals expanded along with changing lifestyles. This, in turn, drives the growth in the meat substitute market. Although animal sources are rich in protein, the excessive consumption of animal-based products may result in chronic diseases, including obesity, cardiovascular disorder, and diabetes. 
  • Due to the above factors, meat consumption has stagnated across Latin America and is expected to decrease in the coming years. According to CONAB, Brazil's meat consumption dropped from 20.2 million metric tons the year before to under 20 million tons in 2022.
  • Additionally, in recent years, the growing concern about animal abuse for meat production has greatly impacted the way consumers think about meat consumption. This factor further changes the consumer's choice of plant-based meat products to reduce animal slaughtering for meat and thereby increase the demand for meat analogs in the market. 
  • For instance, in 2021, a global survey by Green Queen on changing consumers' patterns towards vegan diets involving 8500 participants across 100 countries reported that nearly 90% of respondents cited animal welfare as a primary reason for the inclination toward a plant-based diet.
  • However, plant-based meat has low cholesterol levels, saturated fats, and calories and is enriched with micronutrients such as calcium and zinc. Thus, the growing consumer consciousness regarding health is increasing the demand for plant-based meat products and further fueling market growth. 
  • Owing to the consumer demand for meat analogous, the manufacturers are focusing on producing innovative plant-based meat products to cater to the need. Further, the consumers perceive that replacing animal-based meat with meat substitutes can lower the risk of heart disease as plant-protein food can lower cholesterol levels.

South America Meat Substitute Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the South America Meat Substitute Market according to our research experts:

Emerging Vegetarian Diet Culture

  • In the past decade, the vegan population has been growing 
  • steadily owing to the rising awareness regarding healthy and sustainable foods, which increases the demand for plant-based meat alternatives in the market studied. With changing lifestyles, the need for plant-based foods also increased due to the growing awareness about the benefits of a vegetarian diet. 
  • Implementing a vegetarian diet can reduce the risk of several diseases. Plant-based meat can help reduce the risk of cancer and lower cholesterol. Most vegetarians include middle- or upper-class urban dwellers from the country's central and southern parts.
  •  A vegetarian diet can positively affect the environment, one of the significant reasons for boosting the region's per capita spending on meat substitutes. According to an online study by Mapa Veg in September 2022, Sao Paulo had the most significant percentage of self-described vegetarians, vegans, and supporters in Brazil, with more than 4.2 thousand respondents. With around 2000 inhabitants, Rio de Janeiro had the second-largest population.
South America Meat Substitute Market : Number of Vegetarians, Vegans and Supporters, By City, Brazil, 2018-2021

Textured Vegetable Protein as the Largest Segment

Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP) is also known as soy protein, a soy flour product. It holds a major share of the meat substitute market. It is used in many meat products such as burger patties, frankfurters, nuggets, sausages, and meatballs. The major features of textured vegetable protein are to provide the desired quality, texture, binding ability, and the appropriate amount of chewiness. It has an elastic and spongy texture that makes it suitable for products such as patties, sauces, and stews.

 There are mainly two types of TVPs: wheat-based TVP and soy-based TVP. Due to the increase in the demand for such sources, the production of wheat and soy has been increasing in the Latin American regions. 

For example, according to the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics, in terms of value, soybeans were Brazil's most significant crop in 2021, accounting for 46% of the nation's agricultural output. The country's soybean production was 138.15 million metric tons in 2020/21, according to CONAB, which was higher than the production in the previous year.

Furthermore, TVPs are a blend of soy isolates and soy concentrates or wheat gluten and wheat protein. Wheat-based TVP is lighter in color, while soy-based is darker. The lighter is used for substitutes such as meats like pork and turkey, and the darker is used as a substitute for red meat. Thus, the consumers get both taste and protein while using TVP, which is one of the major reasons for its demand growth.

South America Meat Substitute Market : Soybean Production Volume, in Million Metric Tons Brazil, 2016 to 17-2020 to 21

South America Meat Substitute Industry Overview

The market is competitive and fragmented due to the presence of various local and international players in the segment. The major players in the market are Beyond Meat Inc., Tyson Foods Inc., Kellogg's Co., Turtle Island Foods (Tofurky), and Impossible Foods Inc. The key players are focusing on product development and innovation to meet the consumers' needs by offering a variety in taste and quality to maintain premiumization. Some major players use mergers and acquisitions as their key strategy to maintain dominance over other players in the industry.

South America Meat Substitute Market Leaders

  1. Kellogg's Company

  2. Turtle Island Foods (Tofurky)

  3. Tyson Foods, Inc.

  4. Impossible Foods Inc.

  5. Beyond Meat, Inc.

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

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South America Meat Substitute Market News

  • September 2022: Verdali, a Brazilian plant-based meat manufacturer, partnered with supermarket behemoth Carrefour to sell its products in a separate vegan butcher department next to the fresh meat counters at one of the store's branches in So Paolo.
  • September 2021: Argentinian plant-based firm Tomorrow Foods raised USD 3 million in a round of funding for its expansion. Following the introduction of its vegan burger, the food technology company claimed that it would utilize the funding to increase its research and development efforts, expand its product line, and enter new markets to establish itself as a major player in Latin America's plant-based sector.
  • January 2021: Beyond Meat teamed up with Pepsico, a well-established player in the food industry. The strategy behind the partnership is to expand the business in the alternative meat sector. Also, this partnership helps the companies gain dominance over other players in the industry. As Brazil holds the most number of vegetarians worldwide, this partnership can help the companies offer new products to the consumers.

South America Meat Substitute Market Report - Table of Contents

  1. 1. INTRODUCTION

    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study

  2. 2. RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

  3. 3. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

  4. 4. MARKET DYNAMICS

    1. 4.1 Market Drivers

    2. 4.2 Market Restraints

    3. 4.3 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.3.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.3.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.3.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.3.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.3.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

  5. 5. MARKET SEGMENTATION

    1. 5.1 Product Type

      1. 5.1.1 Tofu

      2. 5.1.2 Textured Vegetable Protein

      3. 5.1.3 Tempeh

      4. 5.1.4 Seitan

      5. 5.1.5 Quorn

      6. 5.1.6 Other Product Types

    2. 5.2 Source

      1. 5.2.1 Soy-based

      2. 5.2.2 Wheat-based

      3. 5.2.3 Mycoprotein

    3. 5.3 Distribution Channel

      1. 5.3.1 Supermarkets/Hypermarkets

      2. 5.3.2 Online Retail

      3. 5.3.3 Speciality Stores

      4. 5.3.4 Other Retailers

    4. 5.4 Geography

      1. 5.4.1 Brazil

      2. 5.4.2 Argentina

      3. 5.4.3 Rest of South America

  6. 6. COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

    1. 6.1 Most Adopted Strategies

    2. 6.2 Market Share Analysis

    3. 6.3 Company Profiles

      1. 6.3.1 Beyond Meat Inc.

      2. 6.3.2 Tyson Foods, Inc.

      3. 6.3.3 The Superbom

      4. 6.3.4 Impossible Foods Inc.

      5. 6.3.5 Turtle Island Foods (Tofurky)

      6. 6.3.6 Kellogg's Company

      7. 6.3.7 Gardein Protein Inc.

      8. 6.3.8 Unilever Plc (The Vegetarian Butcher)

      9. 6.3.9 Quorn Foods

      10. 6.3.10 Amy's Kitchen

    4. *List Not Exhaustive
  7. 7. MARKET OPPORTUNITIES AND FUTURE TRENDS

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South America Meat Substitute Industry Segmentation

Meat sourced from plants are called plant-based. Meat can be produced more effectively by excluding animals and using plant-based ingredients to manufacture meat substitutes. 

The South American meat substitute market is segmented by type, distribution channel, source, and geography. Based on type, the market is segmented into textured vegetable protein, tofu, tempeh, seitan, quorn, and other types. Based on distribution channels supermarkets/hypermarkets, online retail, specialty stores, and other retail channels. Based on source, the market is segmented into soy-based, wheat-based, mycoprotein-based, and other sources. Based on geograhy, the market is segmented into Brazil, Argentina, and the Rest of South America. 

For each segment, the market sizing and forecasts have been done based on value (in USD Million).

Product Type
Tofu
Textured Vegetable Protein
Tempeh
Seitan
Quorn
Other Product Types
Source
Soy-based
Wheat-based
Mycoprotein
Distribution Channel
Supermarkets/Hypermarkets
Online Retail
Speciality Stores
Other Retailers
Geography
Brazil
Argentina
Rest of South America
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South America Meat Substitute Market Research FAQs

The South America Meat Substitute Market is projected to register a CAGR of 11.45% during the forecast period (2024-2029)

Kellogg's Company, Turtle Island Foods (Tofurky), Tyson Foods, Inc., Impossible Foods Inc. and Beyond Meat, Inc. are the major companies operating in the South America Meat Substitute Market.

The report covers the South America Meat Substitute Market historical market size for years: 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The report also forecasts the South America Meat Substitute Market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.

South America Meat Substitute Industry Report

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South America Meat Substitute Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)