Korean food companies go vegan to target meat-alternative market – The Korea Herald

December 19, 2021 by No Comments

CJ CheilJedang’s vegan dumplings and kimchi (CJ CheilJedang)

Plant will become the new beef on our dinner tables soon, with more Korean food companies coming up with their own versions of plant-based meat alternatives to cater to global vegan population of some 79 million and growing.

CJ CheilJedang said Sunday its launching a vegan brand called PlantTable due to a growing interest in vegetarian food here in Korea and around the world.

The food company said it will launch two types of vegan Bibigo Dumpling products in Singapore and Australia sometime this month. Available in two varieties, the dumplings use a meat replacement made out of soybeans known as textured vegetable protein, explained a company official.

The products have already been available via e-commerce platforms since Friday here in Korea.

Along with its first-ever vegan dumplings, CJ is also introducing vegan kimchi, which does not use any jeotgal, or salted seafood.

Saying the two products are just the “tip of the ice berg,” CJ plans to expand its vegan product lineup next year with the goal to enter the United States, Europe and halal markets.

“We are planning to expand our vegan product offerings on a full scale next year, and launch vegan versions of home meal replacement products too,” said a spokesperson for CJ CheilJedang.

An image of a bulgogi rice dish using plant-protein products from Pulmuone (Pulmuone)

Another food company eyeing the plant-based meat alternative market is Pulmuone. The food maker is using its expertise in tofu to develop various soy-based meat alternatives.

One example is an array of ready-made bulgogi products from Pulmuone, which use soy-based textured vegetable protein. The products are receiving positive feedback from consumers since its launch in November, the company said.

“The texture of the plant-based meat was very similar to real meat. almost like chewing actual pork. I think it’s useful for people who are trying to go vegetarian but still miss eating animal meat,” said housewife Lee Kwang-sook, living in Gyeonggi Province, who recently tried Pulmuone’s plant-based meat product.

The tofu maker is also making inroads in one of the most advanced and competitive markets for alternative meat in the world, the United States, where plant-made animal protein replacements like Just Egg and plant burger patties from Impossible Food are readily available at stores and restaurants across its 50 …….

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