Vegan Trends in 2020

In our last article, we reviewed veganism in 2019 listing out all the best moments in vegan news, food and lifestyle. Now, we look to this year to see what we can expect for veganism in 2020. 

This year saw more people than ever signing up to Veganuary, the demand for plant-based options is set to continue and more people than ever are reducing the number of animal products they eat whether it’s for animals, health or the environment. It is going to be a great year! 

Here are 10 vegan trends for 2020.

1. Plant-based Chicken

Photo from KFC

With KFC’s latest vegan chicken burger going viral and millions waiting to try one, expect to see a lot of vegan chicken options to appear this year. Last year, plant-based alternatives for beef were the hot topic with Impossible Foods and Beyond Burgers dominating headlines but this year vegan chicken is predicted to go mainstream. 

It’s highly likely we will see a number of new vegan chicken options from our favourite fast-food chains and supermarkets. If KFC’s in the UK decide to launch vegan chicken nuggets it will no doubt be the hottest topic of the year!

2. Eco-friendly Packaging

Photo from No Evil Foods

As the vegan consumer goods industry continues to grow exponentially, companies can not ignore the demand to provide more eco-friendly packaging. Therefore, expect to see a lot of re-branding of your favourite vegan eats in an attempt to reduce the negative footprint of these products. 

‘Green Marketing’ will be at the forefront of many company agendas this year to help satisfy the increasing number of eco-conscious consumers out there.

3. Vegan Dairy

Everyone’s favourite plant-milk company, Oatly, saw huge growth last year. Many now consider Oatly as the ‘go-to’ milk alternative for vegans. This year, expect the company to introduce a number of new products such as yoghurts, cheeses and other dairy treats. 

It’s likely that the vegan dairy industry will see a huge boost in popularity and number of products being launched as more and more people ditch dairy. Great news for vegans who are always ready for more vegan dairy treats. 

4. Vegan Egg

Photo from JUST Egg

Quite soon, vegans will be able to recreate any egg dish they once loved with innovative products from JUST Egg. The launch of the famous US alternative egg brand is set to launch in Europe sometime this year. Keep your ears open for the launch date! 

Another company called Follow Your Heart is also set to bring you a great alternative egg product. By the end of 2020 vegans will be cooking omelettes, quiches, cakes and Yorkshire puddings on the regular. 

5. Vegan Fast Food

Photo from Greggs

It seems like all vegans ever talk about anymore is what UK fast-food chain is launching what vegan product. 2019 saw Impossible burgers in Burger King, Beyond Burgers in McDonald’s, Quorn chicken in KFC and of course, the mighty vegan sausage roll from Gregg’s. In fact, Gregg’s started 2020 by launching the new vegan steak bake which once again made all the headlines. 

Expect far more vegan options to be launched this year from every single fast-food chain there is. 

6. Vegan Take-Aways

Photo by James Sutton on Unsplash

The vegan takeaway industry is one of the fastest-growing with huge increases in popularity over the last few years. Orders of vegan takeaways grew 388% between 2016 and 2018. We’re now waiting for 2019 figures but it’s very likely that it surpassed previous years. 

2020 will no doubt start to see an increase in the number of vegan-only takeaway restaurants and services. Who knows, we might even get a dedicated vegan take away app. 

7. Vegan Jerky

Photo from Noble Jerky

You may have already seen some vegan jerky products on sale in some UK supermarkets but there is yet to be a clear market leader for the product. Many vegans are interested in vegan jerky for it’s quick and tasty protein-filled goodness. 

Key brands to look out for include Primal Spirit, Kings, Noble and Plantifull. All of which recently entered the UK market and offer a superior taste to some of the lesser know vegan jerky products out there. These brands offer that real smoky BBQ flavour that we vegans rarely get in our diet.

8. Meltable Cheese

Photo by Louis Hansel on Unsplash

Many vegans out there are hoping that 2020 will finally be the year we get a proper tasty and meltable cheese that can be used for pizza, burgers, enchiladas or even just a toasty. Violife have come close with their vegan cheddar but a good meltable (and affordable) vegan cheese has yet to be discovered. 

Look out for quality vegan versions of blue cheese, gouda, brie, feta and ricotta too! 2020 will be the ‘Year of Vegan Cheese’. 

9. Strange Nut and Seed Butters

Photo from The Vegan Kind Supermarket

We all know about peanut, almond, cashew, macadamia and hazelnut butter. They are probably a staple in some of your diets. This year, we expect to see a huge increase in the variety of nut butters available. Already, we have recently seen the launch of pumpkin seed, watermelon seed, sunflower seed, brazil nut, hemp seed, poppy seed and 5 seed butter.

Who knows what nut or seed is next in line for a butter product of their own?

10. Banana Blossom & Jackfruit

Photo by Nadine Primeau on Unsplash

As the popular soy burgers continue to dominate the headlines, more and more people are looking to healthier and more natural alternative meats. Banana blossom and jackfruit have been revealed as the most obvious to take over as both can replicate chicken and fish to create wonderful vegan alternative products. 

You can expect to see a lot more innovation and creativity involving both these products this year. 

Look ahead

For those long time vegans the explosion of vegan products has been amazing. And for those who are new to veganism, you could not have chosen a better time! No longer is a vegan diet considered boring and tasteless but rather a cuisine in itself and one that has a lot to offer.

It’s great to see companies creating such incredible vegan friendly products – not only are we able to enjoy our plant absed diets more freely but so many animals are being spared lives of oppression and cruelty.

Up, up and away for veganism 2020!