Tempeh, the rich meat substitute

Tempeh is a relatively unknown meat substitute from Indonesia. It is made from soybeans and has a solid structure. This structure is obtained by peeling, soaking, cooking and then controlled fermentation of soybeans by adding the Rhizopus fungus. This results in tempeh which is rich in proteins and other minerals. This makes it a full-fledged meat substitute. Tempeh can be widely used because it is suitable for both vegetarians and vegans.

Tempeh, the rich meat substitute

Tempeh is the product group with the largest projected growth for 2023

In 2018, the Markets and Markets research bureau published a research report on the development of the global market for meat substitutes. It shows an expected growth of 7.6% and an expected turnover of US$ 229.7 million in 2023 (US$ 159.6 million in 2018) for tempeh. This makes tempeh an interesting product group within the meat replacement market. The interest in tempeh is increasing, and not only in Asia but all over the world.

Meat Substitutes Market Size
Meat Substitutes Market Size

“Meat substitutes such as tempeh and tofu are rich in proteins and minerals, as they are derived from soy; moreover, they have become a popular meat alternative among vegetarians and vegan consumers for their health benefits, such as isoflavones and saponins.”

MarketAndMarkets Research

The advantages of tempeh as a meat substitute

  • High in protein content
  • Rich in vitamin B
  • Rich in iron
  • Rich in minerals
  • Rich in fibres
  • Easily digested
  • Low on calories
  • Cholesterol-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Vegan


Specialist in tempeh

Tempeh is one of the products we at Schouten Europe specialise in. We can supply tempeh in various packaging formats, from consumer units to bulk, and from natural to marinated in curry or soy sauce marinade. Looking for a specific tempeh product or other meat substitute, vegetarian product or concept? Please contact us.


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