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Denmark eats the future of plant-based products for dinner

In line with global trends towards more sustainable and plant-centric diets, increased awareness of the health and environmental benefits of plant-based food has sparked the growth of the plant-based food industry in Denmark. From farm to fork, innovation is taking place, partnerships are being formed, new value streams identified and healthy, tasteful and sustainable plant based products produced. It is nothing less than a revolution and Denmark is right in the front row of the green transition. 

Green is the new black

Denmark is known as the State of Green and now the Danish food and ingredients industry is joining the green transition with a solid response.

Denmark is experiencing notable growth and innovation in the plant-based food industry as Danish companies are responding to the growing global demand for healthy, sustainable, natural, safe, affordable and convenient food products. The Danish food industry is well positioned to do so because of it‘s innovation power, world-class research, collaboration across the value chain and efficient production methods.

Not since Hans Christian Andersen gave us The Princess and the Pea have Danes been so passionate about legumes. 
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The DNA of the Danish Plant-Based Food Industry


  • Sustainability is a key consideration in the Danish plant-based food sector. Many companies prioritize environmentally friendly practices and adopt production methods with a lower environmental impact.
  • Denmark is known for making the most of the world’s resources and excels by being able to produce more with less.
  • Danish plant-based food and ingredients companies take on the challenge of being sustainable by a variety of different means;, local sourcing, valorisation of side streams, organic ingredients, fighting food waste and reusable or biodegradable packaging.

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  • The growing need for healthy and nutritious food products is top of mind for the Danish food sector – as it is for the consumers. Danish plant-based food and ingredients producers invest heavily in research, development and new production methods to produce healthy alternatives to standard foods that do not fail on sensory quality.
  • The proud Danish tradition for healthy and organic high quality products has naturally extended into a strong focus on natural food and natural ingredients.
  • Consumers shy away from heavily processed food and prefer clean label products. Danish plant-based food companies continually innovate to meet the ongoing challenges of adding few and natural ingredients without compromising the good taste and texture that consumers enjoy.

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  • Denmark has seen the emergence of local startups and entrepreneurs dedicated to plant-based innovation. These companies focus on developing unique and sustainable plant-based alternatives, contributing to the diversity of the market.
  • The plant-based food industry in Denmark offers a diverse range of products, including plant-based meat alternatives, dairy substitutes, plant-based beverages, and snacks. Companies are continually innovating to create products that closely mimic the taste and texture of traditional animal-based foods.
  • The plant-based food industry in Denmark is exploring a variety of protein sources including peas, lentils, chickpeas, other legumes, soy and wheat.

Government support:

  • The Danish government is a devout supporter of sustainable and plant-based initiatives, and the Whole-of-Government approach in Denmark aligns with the goals of the Danish plant-based food industry.
  • In 2023, the Danish Government adopted an Action Plan for Plant-Based Food to support the industry. The Action Plan includes several initiaties to accelerate the green transition of the food sector, strengthen the plant-based value chain, support innovation and R&D, and promote public-private partnerships. 

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Even the latest Official Dietary Guidelines from the Danish Food Administration now include advice on not only a healthy diet but also a climate friendly and plant-based diet. Danes are eating to save the planet!

Come to Denmark for Production Facilities for the European or Scandinavian market

  • There is no doubt, Denmark is leading the way for sustainable production of new and innovative food products. 
  • Being geographically well positioned in Europe and Scandinavia, your customers are well within reach.
  • On top of that, there is easy access to the authorities that work closely with companies to ensure that establishment and operation run as smoothly as possible. 

Learn more about sustainable food production in Denmark

Denmark is much more than bacon and butter, and according to the European Innovation Scoreboard, Denmark is an Innovation Leader and home to one of the most innovative food clusters in the world.

Come and join us for Innovation and R&D Facilities and Partnerships in the world’s most innovative food cluster:

  • Join the Danish food cluster and you will – through collaboration with all stakeholders in the cluster – be part of one of the world’s most innovative food clusters. 
  • You will benefit from the intensive knowledge and experience within food in the form of highly educated talent in a labour marked characterised by flexibility, high productivity and competitive salary levels in a European context.
  • True to the tradition of collaboration and partnerships, you will have easy access to companies, start-ups and academia and gain access to an efficient and agile system that delivers the solutions of tomorrow.

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Danes are eating greens to save the Earth. From farm to fork, innovation is taking place, partnerships are being formed, new value streams identified and healthy, tasteful and sustainable plant-based products produced. It is nothing less than a revolution - and Denmark is right in the front row of the green transition🌱

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