Market for Plant-based Meat Expands in S. Korea | Be Korea-savvy

Market for Plant-based Meat Expands in S. Korea


SEOUL, May 11 (Korea Bizwire)Demand for ‘meatless meat’, made with plant-based ingredients, is increasing as a growing number of consumers are beginning to take interest in the environment and animal welfare.

Lotte Mart, the hypermarket chain operated by retail giant Lotte, recently released a meat analogue series comprising six products made with devil’s tongue jelly and seaweed to imitate the taste of chicken and pork cutlets.

South Korea’s largest discount store chain E-Mart Inc. has been operating a ‘vegetarian zone’ at its 22 outlets across the country since August of last year, where only products made with plant-based ingredients are sold.

“Each store saw a 20 to 30 percent increase in average monthly sales between January and March this year,” E-Mart said.


Consumers had positive views towards meat analogues.

Consumers Korea, a consumer advocacy group, conducted a survey of 500 consumers, 72.6 percent of whom said meat analogues were beneficial to the environment, while another 50 percent said that meat analogues are healthy.

Image Credit: Dongwon F&B Co. / Lotte Mart /

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