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The V-PLACE – Enabling consumer choice in Vegan or Vegetarian Food Products

The V-PLACE – Enabling consumer choice in Vegan or Vegetarian Food Products

The demand for vegan and vegetarian food products including alternatives to meat, milk, or eggs, has expanded considerably during recent years in Europe. 

For many consumers wanting to replace products of animal origin partly or completely, the search for the right information including the avoidance of nutritional deficits is a challenge. Integrated into FoodUnfolded, the V-PLACE web portal will bring this information together empowering consumer choices in an easily accessible and consumer centric platform. Consumers can select their preferred diet (omnivore, flexitarian, pescatarian, vegetarian, or vegan) and will receive tailored information in an easy and understandable way.

An engaging and informative app with games and quizzes will complement the V-PLACE and present health and environmental benefits. In the market for food products, significant growth is predicted via mass-market substitutions rather than expansion of niche products. There is an identified need to research and actualize the knowledge about consumer expectations, attitudes, and needs to adopt current strategies accordingly.

V-Place will look at the interplay of product properties, expectations, and communication on vegan and vegetarian food products in consumer studies including ingredients and health properties (perceived and expected). Results and data will continuously feed into the V-PLACE web portal on EIT FoodUnfolded - thereby making it a living knowledge hub also after the project has ended.

Partners

The following partners are involved in the project

University of Hohenheim
Danone Research
DOEHLER
Aarhus University
University of Turin
CSIC
IARFR PAS

Project Lead

Susanne Braun
Institution

University Hohenheim

Contact details

susanne.braun@uni-hohenheim.de

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