Ngoh hiang made with Karana, a jackfruit-based meat substitute
The plant-based wave has hit Singapore's shores in full force. And, based on “Surfing the plant-based wave in Singapore,” a new report from abillion published 20 April 2021, flexitarians are leading the charge. Based on data, pulled from analyzing over 62,000 reviews on consumer products, flexitarians are the fastest-growing consumer segment using the abillion platform.
This trend is not just limited to Singapore. Flexitarians are the fastest-growing consumer group across most of our key markets, including the US, UK, and Spain, among others.
“A flexitarian lifestyle presents a more balanced and inclusive entry point for consumers seeking to lower their environmental footprint through their daily habits," says Maria Tan, Data Scientist at abillion. “It might be hard for someone to immediately become vegetarian or vegan. But more and more consumers want to actively reduce animal protein intake and, based on the new habits they are forming, don’t identify as omnivores anymore. This reflects a general shift to both healthier as well as more environmentally conscious choices in Singapore and abroad.”
Sweet Chilli chips from Uncle Saba's Poppadoms
Interestingly, in Singapore, the top-performing plant-based food is not plant-based beef. In markets like the US and UK, plant-based meats come in as the most dominant product category. But in Singapore, the most popular plant-based food category among abillion members are snacks, i.e. chips & crisps, mylk & cookies and biscuits & crackers.
When it comes to plant-based meat, while plant-based beef is consumed and reviewed the most, demand for plant-based chicken and pork is accelerating rapidly. "Chicken is the most versatile animal protein available and can be used in a wide range of cuisines,” says Andre Menezes, Co-Founder & COO, TiNDLE. “It delivers great versatility across cultural communities and can be incorporated into both traditional and innovative dishes. The potential for plant-based chicken is tremendous. The demand for plant-based chicken will continue to be driven by the appeal of food sustainability and health interests, and win consumers' hearts with its superior consumer experience and deliciousness.”
OmniMeat Strip from Omni Foods