Plant based meat alternatives are becoming more popular for consumers in the UK, as many look towards a vegan or vegetarian diet. But how are the brands offering these products performing?

From huge players in the category, like Quorn, who are now the UK’s biggest meat alternatives brand, with retail sales worth £157m (Source: NielsenIQ). To leading innovators of the space, such as Eatplanted, Moving Mountains and Beyond.

In 2019, the UK meat alternative market was valued at £417 million and is expected to hit £619 million in 2025, growing at an estimated CAGR of 6.8% between 2020-2025. (Source: The Vegan Society).

If you’re looking to make the switch, The Independent did a great, full depth review of all the alternatives available, which you can find here.

What Meat Alternatives Are There?

Tofu: Also known as ‘bean curd’, it’s made from soya beans and water, plus a coagulant to hold it all together. Firm tofu is the most commonly used type in the UK. Tofu is generally very healthy for you and your diet – it contains about 13% protein and all nine essential amino acids. It’s low in carbohydrates and contains about 7% fat.

Our Top Pick:
  • The Tofoo Co’s Siracha Tofu 280g | Available for £2.85 at Tesco Supermarkets |

Mycoprotein: This meat alternative is around 11% protein and contains all the essential amino acids, as well as having 5-10% fibre too! It is often low in fat, sugar and salt & can also be a good source of calcium. However, It’s low in fat, sugar and salt, and is a good source of calcium. However, those who are vegan specifically should note that mycoprotein often includes egg or milk to improve texture.

Our Top Pick:
  • Quorn Mozzarella & Pesto Escalopes 240g | Available for £3.00 at Tesco Supermarkets or £2.00 Clubcard Price |

Jackfruit: The ‘meat’ alternative often used as a supplement for traditional pulled pork, Jackfruit has a stringy texture and neutral flavour. The unripe fruit is starchy and savoury, and has a ‘meaty’ mouthfeel. While Jackfruit itself isn’t a great source of protein compared to other alternatives, it is a good source of Vitamin C and B and is low in calories.

Our Top Pick:
  • Wicked Kitchen Jackfruit Dhal & Turmeric Rice 300g | Available for £2.00 at Tesco Supermarkets |

Advanced Plant-Based Burgers: These newer-style burgers contain a mixture of soya beans/peas, wheat, coconut oil and beetroot juice. But what gives it the ‘meaty’ texture? The ingredients are heated and have pressure applied that permanently change the natural plant proteins – creating fibrous protein structures that resemble meat. However, due to it having this what is labeled as ‘ultra-processed’ manufacturing, this may not be the healthiest alternative for you.

Our Top Pick:
  • Beyond Meat Beyond Burger Patties 226g | Available for £4.00 at Tesco Supermarkets |