|June 30, 2004,
as reported by just-food.com: Soyfoods continue
to be popular alternatives for European consumers recording
double figure market growth for two consecutive years.
After a market growth of well over 10% in 2002, the
market again showed double figure growth in 2003 and
is expected to continue such growth between 2004 and
2006. Market growth of almost 20% was recorded in 2003.
According to new research from industry information
firm Prosoy the market for soya-based drinks and desserts
and meat-free and tofu products in Europe reached €1.5bn
(US$1.8bn) in 2003.
“The demand for soya-based milks, yoghurts and
desserts is growing as a result of changes in lifestyle,
growing food intolerance and allergies, as well as the
positive health image of soya,” said Gerard Klein
Essink, senior researcher at Prosoy Research & Strategy.
The demand for meat-free products has shown to be sustainable.
In the aftermath of the European 2001 BSE and 2002 Foot
& Mouth crises, the market has grown a further 3%.
“New European and national health claims regulations,
which are now being drawn up are also likely to have
an impact, since medical research on soya has already
shown positive effects on blood cholesterol levels and
heart diseases, bone strength and menopausal problems,”
adds Klein Essink.
Innovation has also played a large part in the growth
of the market, particularly with soya-based milk products,
which are increasingly being offered through the chilled
sections of supermarkets, and with the introduction
of new meat-free ready meal concepts in the meat-free
sector. Sales in the chilled sector have grown more
rapidly than frozen meat-free sales.