In 2019, about 6.1 million people in Germany were either vegetarians or largely forgo meat consumption. Walnuts are especially suitable for the preparation of meat substitute products. This is particularly good news because more and more consumers lean towards a plant-based diet and about 70 percent of German households would like to see a larger variety of vegetarian products in supermarkets (https://www.statista.com/statistics/651008/number-of-vegetarians-in-germany/).
And why are especially walnuts suited? At the one hand, it is about the texture. Chopped, cooked and seasoned they can be utilized versatilely – no matter if as Bolognese, burger or mortadella. On the other hand, walnuts contain valuable nutrients that can contribute to a balanced diet Therefore, walnuts offer a possibility for the industry to satisfy the trend towards a plant-based diet across many cuisines.