Vegan Food Companies Raised $16 Billion In 10 Years

Investors are giving more funding to vegan food brands. Vegan meat and dairy brands have attracted more than $16 billion in investments in the last decade.


Jemima Webber, Live Kindly

May 9, 2019


Vegan food is more popular than ever and investors are paying attention. Since 2009, more than $16 billion has been invested into plant-based meat, egg, and dairy companies in the U.S. alone.


Following the news of Beyond Meat going public and seeing its share price boost by 163 percent, The Good Food Institute (GFI) released data showing the ever-growing interest in plant-based companies.


According to the new report, a large majority ($13 billion) of the $16 billion of investments in plant-based food companies were made in 2017 and 2018. More than half of plant-based company acquisitions have taken place in those years, too.


In the last decade, 19 vegan companies have been acquired, with 10 of them occurring in the last two years. The largest acquisition, which took place in 2017, was that of vegan milk brand WhiteWave Foods which was acquired by Danone for $12.5 billion. Dairy-free milk is a category of growing speed, acting as the largest and most-developed plant-based sector and making up 13 percent of the total U.S. retail milk market.


Should the vegan meat market gain the same attention, it could be worth more than $40 billion within the next 10 years, according to industry analysts. Beyond Meatís IPO plays a large part in these estimations; its IPO is the largest in the U.S. in nearly 20 years and led to its valuation boosting from $1.2 billion to more than $3.8 billion.


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