China is a country that grow up very fast in every field. It is not just about the economy but also about people’s mentality. During this last decade, China became an opened country and Chinese consumer travel more than before. So they can see what people do abroad. Therefore, they want to change their eating habits.
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Chinese customers want to try new things
China’s health industry released new dietary guideline recommending the importance to reduce meat consumption. This statement has an impact on meat market because according to Business World report we can notice a decline in several products like pork, beef and poultry.
We can notice a rising awareness among Chinese people to consume healthier food even though we remark a kind of paradigm shift. Many survey and statistics demonstrate that Chinese people switch to vegetarian food. The paradigm stems from the fact that China is the biggest consumer of beef, pork and poultry and this highly contributes to feed the vegan popular sentiment. Actually, a report showed that people consuming non-vegetarian food are more likely to have high blood pressure and have obesity issue. This has encouraged even more the competition between vegan eateries.
During last years the country’s diet has shifted to favour animal proteins. China is now number one amid the country where obesity of children is important . According to the World health Organization nowadays one in three children has diabetes disease in China. The country starts to find again an interest for fruit and vegetables. In reality China has long tradition of a plant-based diet. Meat tend to be replaced by many vegetables and other plant ingredients that you can find in traditional Chinese cuisines such as tofu and seaweeds.
Vegan Movement in China: big Opportunities
The vegan market is expected to rise according to the statistics of South China Morning post by more than 17 percent between 2015 and 2020. This speed will represents the fastest rate of growth at the international level. This move will follow a huge shift in consumer habits in Asia. In parallel, the vegan movement is supported by young people and especially teens and millennials. This trend is the same in China. It can be explained by the fact that this not just about caring for their health, but this is also about following a trend in general.
A large number of entrepreneurs try to maintain the Vegan Movement in Chinese’s people habits. Business man and women show a significant interest to be successful with this business because it becomes popular to eat healthy which often means a meatless, organic and environmentally-friendly diet.
China hosts 17% of the world’s population but only 7% of the world’s arable land. In 2012 the number of vegan restaurants has been multiplied by from 49 to more than 100 last year in China largest city.
In addition, the growing trend of vegan led to the increase in imports of fruit and vegetable. If the UN trade figures are to be believed imports of avocados rose alone registered a tremendous 13 000 fold increase between 2010 and 2016. The report suggests that the shift results from many dietary guidelines in China advising to eat healthy, environment-friendly vegetarian food.
We can count around 150 million tonnes of carbon dioxide which is released into the atmosphere every year by the Chinese meat industry.
As a consequence of this trend , you have Celebrity-powered campaigns such as WildAid’s ShuShi and vegetarian media platforms such as Veg Planet are generating social media buzz of plant-based living as a status symbol.
In this way China provides a good environment for food startup. Indeed, consumer are opened to pay higher prices in order to have more innovative and healthier products. What is more, if you are ready to move quickly and create something new , we will get consumers very quickly. China represents a fertile ground for global startups and later-stage ventures.
How could you enter in this market ?
Take care of your image and make people want to taste your products
As you main know in China , it is very important to have a good reputation if you want to be successful. Especially if you want to open a vegetarian or vegan restaurant , you need to be trendy. For this field people will go too your restaurant or buy your product not only because is is good for their health but also maybe because friends or family recommended you to them. So it is very important to think about the graphic chart on your website but also about the content.
Try be viral on Social media
The competition in healthy industry starts to be important because many start up want to seize this opportunity. Consequently if you want to be distinctive you should plan a good social media strategy on We chat and Weibo. We can help you in the process of creation of an account and also in the selection of the type of account. Obviously it implies a good analysis of the market before and an efficient study of your target. You need to know , their age , social category , what they like etc.
Offer good deals to attract people
An effective promotional strategy can be the result of offering discount throughout food apps for example even if in general the public you will deal with has a significant budget.
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