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More than a quarter of UK dinners have no meat or fish

BBC: ‘More than a quarter of all evening meals in the UK are vegan or vegetarian, research shows. In the 12 weeks to the end of January, 29% of them contained no meat or fish, according to Kantar Worldpanel. Trends like Veganuary (going vegan for January) and “sustained interest” in meat-free diets are affecting habits, the market researcher said. Meanwhile, Yorkshire-based meat substitute company Quorn Foods saw global sales rise by 16% last year.

The research – collected from a consumer panel of 30,000 households – reflects a year-on-year move to more vegetarian meals (26.9% of evening meals were vegetarian in 2014 and 27.8% in 2016). Through January, one in 10 shoppers bought a meat-free ready meal, boosting sales by 15% compared to this time last year… But the rise in plant-based food hasn’t affected the British meat industry as much as some would expect… Meat-eating has slowed, but just 0.2% of meat and fish buyers stopped doing so last year’. SOURCE…

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