The size of vegetarian and vegan industry exceeds over 24 billion dollars

Dr. Alican Umut emphasized that applications leading up the vegan and vegetarian food sector need to be developed and said, “It is estimated that this industry growing in percentage of 10% on average every year will reach at 24.3 billion dollars in 2026. Considering these improvements and our country’s geographical conditions, we can take more shares from vegetarian and vegan products industry if we increase the production of legumes.”.

Market size of global meat industry has extended over 1 trillion dollars. Even if meat consumption is considered as a sign of wealth, the vegetarian and vegan trend have been enhancing day by day especially in developing countries. Vegetarianism, which has become more popular especially among the youth, urban, medium and high income population, has turned into a global consumer trend.

Heavy interest in vegetarian and vegan products in the countries such as the USA and Canada where traditional food consumption habits do not exist has increased the demand for legumes. The amount of legumes used in the last five years has reached at 1.5 million ton for the herbal products with high protein and fibre prepared from legumes with high protein such as peas, green lentil, and beans through advanced technological methods.

Dr. Alican Umut, from Economy and Finance Department of Nişantaşı University, explained that vegetarians and especially vegans pay a high amount of money to persist on their nutrition system in this way, and added, “Increasing the production of the food convenient for this type of nutrition will enable the cost of vegetarian and vegan food industry decrease. When the cost of production decreases, vegetarian and vegan diet adopters will have the chance to buy these products at cheaper prices”.


Dr. Alican Umut, emphasizing that applications that will pave the way of vegan and vegetarian food sector need to be improved, explained, “Individuals’ nutrition and liberty of conscience is a right guaranteed by the constitution. In the scope of this right, individuals can apply to regain their rights back. Even though it is decided that convenient menus for vegetarian and vegan diet should be composed in universities and prisons as a result of these applications, it is seen that it has been partially practised by all public institutions and enterprises. If vegetarian and vegan diet-oriented menus are supported and enhanced in public institutions and enterprises by the state, they will have significantly contributed to the growth of vegan food sector. In addition, the state’s support for the vegan food sector will help these products and their variety be enhanced. Therefore, the increase in amount of vegan products and their variety enable them to be get cheaper and vegan diet adopters will be able to obtain these products more comfortably”.


“Vegetarians and vegans would like to know whether the products they buy are convenient for their diet or not. In this scope, products manufactured for vegetarian and vegan diet styles need to be supervised by the state and it should be placed on its package visibly”, Alican Umut said and added;

“Vegetarians and vegans are also highly sensitive about the use of animal products in textile, cleaning and cosmetics not only in food industry. They do not use any products such as fur, bag made of leather, shoes, belt, which all include animal products. Vegetarians and vegans are especially sensitive about the ingredients of the cosmetic products and dermatological tests applied on the animals. It is a must that products manufactured in compliance with vegan diet style worldwide should have a V-Label Certificate. V-Label Certificate is a vegan production standardization certificate managed by the European Union. While vegans buy a product, they pay attention to whether the product they buy has this certificate or not.”


Dr. Alican Umut, stating that agriproducts have considerably favourable conditions because of four seasons which are available in Turkey, and so they must take more shares from vegetarian and vegan product industry, explained, “Almost every kind of legume production can be realized in Turkey. The State must provide various agricultural supports to increase the production of legumes. The production of legumes in our country can increase, especially thanks to the rise of demand for legumes and enhancement of the state support for it. Increasing the production of legumes due to climate conditions of Turkey can result in significant steps in both meeting the domestic need and exporting overseas by producing products which are convenient for the rising trends, vegetarian and vegan diet styles. It is estimated that vegetarian and vegan product industry growing in percentage of 10 % on average each year can reach at 24.3 billion dollars in 2026. Considering these improvements and our country’s geographical conditions, we can take more shares in vegetarian and vegan product industry if we increase the production of legumes”.


Release date: 10.03.2020