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Share of consumers that agree they do not need meat for a good meal UK 2017

In 2017, over half (56 percent) of UK respondents either agreed or strongly agreed that they did not need meat to have a good meal. Only 18 percent disagreed or disagreed strongly with the statement. The remaining respondents of the survey neither agreed not disagreed.

Meat consumption in the UK

Despite 56 percent of UK respondents that stated that they do not need meat in a meal to have a good meal, the share of vegetarians in the UK was only nine percent in 2016. UK meat consumption in April of 2019 amounted to 1.2 million sheep, 200 thousand cows, and 900 thousand pigs. However, new vegan products accounted for sixteen percent of food product launches in the UK.

European changes in meat consumption

A share of 27 percent of European citizens intend to eat less meat in the next five years. About forty percent of Europeans who wanted to eat less meat intend to eat less due to health reasons. In multiple European countries, including Germany, France, Italy, and Poland more than ten percent of the 16-24 age group of the population were vegetarians in 2017.

To what degree do you agree with the following statement: I do not need meat to have a good meal

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April 2017


United Kingdom

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