With nearly two weeks left in January, you’d be forgiven for feeling some serious Veganuary fatigue. The sheer onslaught of plant-based launches has been extraordinary. The level of investment shows retailers and suppliers are taking the plant-based trend more seriously than ever.
The big question now is whether that level of interest can be sustained. Themed months are great for creating buzz, but long-term consumer habits are harder to change. Even plant-based pioneers like Seth Goldman of Beyond Meat admit the level of churn out of plant-based is high - but you rarely hear about that. Few people write inspirational blogs about their decision to start eating meat and dairy again.
A key indicator of how serious retailers are about their plant-based ambitions will be any changes to merchandising strategies. The breakthrough for dairy alternatives came when retailers started selling them in the same fixtures as dairy products. If any of the major mults create the overarching ‘protein’ fixture many plant-based supporters are lobbying for, it would mark a paradigm shift.