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Number of people who classify themselves as vegetarian in Germany 2014-2019

In 2019, about 6.1 million people in Germany were either vegetarians or largely forgo meat consumption. Since 2014, the number of people identifying as either complete or nearly complete vegetarians has grown by approximately 700 thousand individuals. According to the Allensbacher Markt- und Werbetr├Ąger-Analyse this figure was even higher in 2018.

Vegetarianism in Germany

About 70 percent of German households would like to see a larger variety of vegetarian products in supermarkets, with slightly less than two thirds buying such products intentionally. Between 2016 and 2018, market revenues made with the sale of vegetarian products increased by about 400 million euros in Germany and approximately 13 percent of all new food products launched in 2018 were vegan products in nature.

Trends in German meat consumption

Between 2016 and 2018, meat consumption has remained stable with only pork meat seeing a downward trend in consumption. Consumption of meat and sausage products, for which the country is well known, remained stable too between 2013 and 2017, giving to the idea that Germans are hesitant to give up on meat or sausages anytime soon.

Number of people who classify themselves as vegetarians or as people who largely forgo meat in Germany from 2014 to 2019 (in million people)*

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Release date

July 2019



Survey time period

2014 to 2019

Age group

14 years and older

Special properties

German speaking population .

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview

Supplementary notes

* Respondents were asked if they belong to a group of 'vegetarians or people who largely abstain from meat'.

Sample information:
2014: 25,363 respondents, projection for 70,52 Mio. persons
2015: 25,140 respondents, projection for 69,24 Mio. persons
2016: 23,854 respondents, projection for 69,56 Mio. persons
2017: 23,356 respondents, projection for 70,09 Mio. persons
2018: 23,389 respondents, projection for 70,45 Mio. persons
2019: 23,318 respondents, projection for 70,60 Mio. persons

Base is the German speaking population 14 years and older in private households at the place of main residence in the Federal Republic of Germany

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