Top 10 Vegan Food Trends to Watch in 2021

December 28, 2020

Each new year brings huge advances for veganism, and 2021 will be no exception. From restaurant options to creative new products, there are tons of tasty trends to look forward to. Let's check out what's to come in 2021!

#1 The pandemic will cause more people to go vegan

Time to add "avoiding pandemics" to the already endless list of reasons to choose veganism. For those who aren't convinced to cut animal products for environmental, health, or animal cruelty reasons, maybe saving humans from future pandemics will do the trick. 2020 has already seen a major spike in vegan trends, which are expected to gather even more momentum in 2021.

#2 McPlant (and other vegan fast food menu items) will be released

McDonalds is finally hopping on board the plant-based train. Reports say that it will be testing a new McPlant line next year, featuring Beyond Meat products. Major fast food chains like Pizza Hut and KFC have already added vegan menu items, and others aren't far behind. 

#3 Vegan pork and fish will make their entrance

Plant-based beef and chicken have had their moment, but it's time for new vegan meats to take center stage. Vegan brands like Hoke Poke and Beyond Meat are bringing us fish and pork, and we couldn't be more excited for our fishy and piggy friends!

#4 Black-owned vegan businesses will boom

Black leaders in the food industry are making waves. Through new restaurants like Cafe Organix and food brands like Maya's Cookies, Black-owned businesses are creating major positive change for animals and the environment.

#5 New vegan egg options will hit the shelves

Follow Your Heart gave us VeganEgg, JUST gave us JUST Egg, and Spero Foods gave us Scramblit. 2021 is predicted to bring even more vegan egg innovation as companies scramble (get it?) to create the ideal chicken-free egg.

#6 TikTok creators will lead the way

Vegan cooking geniuses like Tabitha Brown, Max La Manna, and George Lee are serving up delicious recipes over on TikTok, the perfect escape for anyone needing a pick-me-up during the pandemic. 2021 is sure to bring even more vegan TikTok personalities who will show the world how tasty and easy it is to eat plant-based.

#7 Wine will be proud to wear the vegan label

These days it can be hard to know which wines are vegan without looking them up on Barnivore. In 2021, we can expect to see lots of new wine options that are clearly labelled as vegan, like Avaline. It's about time wine companies show off their vegan-friendliness!

#8 Vegan milk chocolate will be everywhere

Dark chocolate is great, but there's nothing like a creamy, melt-in-your-mouth square of milk chocolate. Thankfully brands like Trader Joe's, Enjoy Life, and Endangered Species Chocolate are helping make animal-free versions a grocery store stable. We look forward to seeing vegan milk chocolate hit every candy shelf in 2021.

#9 Plant-based meal delivery services will ramp up

The pandemic brought a higher demand for food delivery services, but also an uptick in cooking at home. Thank goodness for companies like Purple Carrot, Veestro, and MamaSezz that make cooking delicious vegan food at home easy-peasy. We can't wait to see more meal kit and meal delivery companies blossom in 2021.

#10 Animal-free dairy will flourish

Food tech companies Perfect Day and Remilk have cracked the code on dairy. Their dairy protein is created through microbial fermentation, making it totally animal-free while giving the finished product that creamy texture we all know and love. Brave Robot, ice cream made with Perfect Day's whey protein by the Urgent Company, has recently hit the shelves at select grocery stores. Bring on more animal-free dairy, 2021!

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