ESG Investing
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September 15, 2023

Vegan Stocks: The power of planet-based investing

Not long ago, vegan food options were limited. The space is now occupied by brands valued in the hundreds of millions, or even billions of dollars. Predictions show that the vegan food industry could grow by annual compound rate of 10.5% per year through 2026.*


Demand for plant-based options

Whether it’s for personal health, or environmental impact, people are demanding more plant-based options for meat, milk, cheese, even eggs. For some it’s a matter of ethics, of saying ‘Why slaughter animals when there are acceptable plant-based alternatives?’


For others it’s a matter of economies of scale. A finite planet with finite resources, cannot continue feeding a growing population dependent on animal products. 


What are vegan stocks?

If we’re talking strictly vegan, then these are brands providing plant-based alternatives to animal products. Their goal, aside from profit and environmental targets, is to create a product that’s equal or better than its animal-based counterpart. 


Some of these brands also have large followings amongst those with certain dietary restrictions, such as dairy intolerance. 


Where can you invest?

Wombat gives you access to two of the biggest names in the vegan space: Beyond Meat, and Oatly (only available on our Instant account). Valued at $1.9bn and $1.7bn respectively, these American and Swedish brands are gigantic global players.*



What about Funds?

While not strictly vegan, there are plenty of brands pushing for a more sustainable food production chain. Brands working as grassroots to change how food is grown and distributed. 


You’ll find these brands in our Future of Food fund (only available on Standard account). You can invest in this, and any Wombat fund, from just £10. 


Should you invest in vegan stocks?

Some top analysts think so. UBS predicts plant-based meat will grow more than 30% annually, while Keefe, Bruyette & Woods expects annual growth in the oat milk sector will top 13%.*


Alongside investing in shares, there’s also The Future of Food, our fund dedicated to pioneers in more sustainable food production. 


We’ve said before that you vote with your investments. You back those companies you want to succeed. But whether you invest in vegan stocks for moral and environmental reasons, or for purely financial ones, there’s no doubt that the plant-based industry is on the move. 


Just remember to always do your research, and invest according to your own goals. When investing your capital is at risk.



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