The advance and potential of vegan tuna
Of course you like to meet the wishes of your customers. You probably haven’t missed the fact that more and more people are choosing to eat less meat. In addition, more and more people are also opting for fish substitutes and you see more and more vegan tuna. But what is the market potential of vegan tuna? What is vegan tuna made of? What can you use it for? And what opportunities does it offer you?
Find out in this article:
Why the demand for vegan tuna is increasing so fast
The uses of vegan tuna
Which brands of vegan tuna are there
The market size of fish substitutes
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Why is the demand for vegan tuna increasing?
It is striking that the demand for vegan tuna is only now increasing so rapidly. The demand for meat substitutes has been high for years. But increasing consumer awareness is driving demand for plant-based fish, including vegan tuna. This awareness is driven by increasing media attention, the documentary Seaspiracy, caused a lot of controversy.
What can you use vegan tuna for?
Vegan tuna is very widely applicable. For example, as an ingredient to process into a salad spread. Or as a pizza topping on a vegan pizza tonno.
- Natural vegan tuna as a pizza topping.
- Vegan tuna as part of a ready-made salad or poké bowl.
- Vegan tuna on a sandwich made with vegan mayo
- Vegan tuna salad. Vegan tuna processed in a salad for bread or on a toast.
Which brands of vegan tuna are there?
With us you will find the possibility to have your vegan tuna 100% customized. Schouten is unique in this! Looking for inspiration for your vegan tuna? There are various brands of vegan tuna on the market, based on different raw materials, for example:
- Vegan Green Tuna from Schouten , made from soy.
- Fish-free tuna from Sea So Good, also made from soy.
- Vuna from Garden Gourmet , made from pea protein.
- Plant-based Tuna from Good Catch , made on the basis of 6 types of proteins (peas, soy, chickpeas, broad beans, lentil protein and small white beans.
How big is the market for fish substitutes, including vegan tuna?
Worldwide, the demand for fish substitutes and vegan tuna is growing. But compared with meat substitutes, it is still a relatively small market.
Vervoort expects the share of fish substitutes to continue to grow rapidly. “We see the demand for meat substitutes continuing to rise. The fish substitutes will benefit from this, also because both product groups are still often offered in the same plant-based shelf.”
What is the potential of fish substitutes, including vegan tuna?
Plant-based fish is one of the most promising categories within plant-based food. This is stated by ProVeg International based on the Smart Protein Report 2021, which is supported by the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme of the EU. Research firm AC Nielsen found the strongest growth in the German market: between 2018 and 2020, the plant-based fish category grew by 623% to €1.9 million*.
*Total market including discounters, Germany, sales value in €, plant-based fish, MAT CW39 2018 vs 2020 – AC Nielsen Market Track.
What is vegan tuna made of?
Typical for tuna is the fibrous and fleshy structure. The vegan Green Tuna, the vegan Tuna from Schouten, is made on the basis of soy. Textured soy provides this characteristic structure.
Soy provides the fibrous and fleshy structure that is so typical of tuna.
140 grams of Vegan Green Tuna in a can
The Vegan Green Tuna is available in cans. A can contains 140 grams of vegan tuna. Label design is custom made. Suitable for direct sale to consumers.
Polybags of 1 and 4 kilos for industry and food service
In addition, the Vegan Green Tuna is also available in poly bags of 1 and 4 kilos. These bags are very suitable for industrial applications and in the food service.
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What do our customers say?
Dutch family business Schouten introduces plant-based fish fillet
Fish substitutes are on the rise. That’s why Schouten is introducing a plant-based fish fillet this week. “It is a nice airy product that successfully mimics the taste and texture of cod. “
Schouten presents plant-based fish substitutes at Sial 2022
ast year, Schouten introduced plant-based tuna and fish fingers. More recently, a ‘Burger without fish’ was also added to the range.
Plant-based fish is gaining momentum because of rising gas oil prices
Because of the sharp rise in gas oil prices as a result of the war in Ukraine, profitable fishing is currently no longer possible. Many ships are not setting sail, and the prices of fish are rising rapidly. As a result of these developments, the demand for plant-based alternatives to fish is increasing.