(VEGAN/VEGETARIAN LIFESTYLE) NETHERLANDS —  Calling all faux meat lovers! The decrease in meat consumption in the Netherlands has prompted the spread of The Vegetarian Butcher, a chain offering an array of imitation meat, from sausages to chicken.  With less demand for meat, the butcher shop has exponentially grown from one to thirty stores in just one year.  It’s a leap away from animal cruelty, one veggie burger at a time.  Read on…  —Global Animal      
The Vegetarian Butcher chain in the Netherlands serves meat alternatives to accommodate the decrease of meat demand.

Ecorazzi, Jennifer Mishler

As the citizens of the Netherlands look for meat alternatives, a very different chain of butcher shops is looking to meet that demand.

The Vegetarian Butcher is a butcher shop, but you won’t find any meat there. The stores offer a wide selection of “faux meats.” According to VegNews, the chain now includes 30 stores which offer “chicken, bacon, gyros, sausage” among other vegetarian and vegan products. Founder Niko Koffeman says the company is looking to provide alternatives to meat from animals but also food that is more sustainable. “Animal cruelty is one reason, but also a growing concern for sustainability,” Koffeman says. “After all, meat production is highly inefficient.

According to Radio Netherlands Worldwide, 75% of people in the Netherlands no longer eat meat daily, which may account for the reason The Vegetarian Butcher has grown so rapidly. The first store opened in October 2010, and less than one year later, 30 stores are in business. Koffeman says that he believes 80% of their customers are vegetarians or vegans, but he hopes to attract customers who are still looking to reduce their consumption of meat or eliminate it. He just might do it…”The display counter of these shops is a visual challenge because the fake meat products look so much like the real thing that just a glance at it makes many a carnivorous stomach grumble.

More Ecorazzi: http://www.ecorazzi.com/2011/09/19/vegetarian-butcher-shop-chain-grows-in-the-netherlands-as-meat-demand-drops/

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