Vegetarianism Certificate

Growing awareness about health effects, environmental impacts and cruelty to animals has been motivating consumers to adopt a reduced‑meat or meat‑free diet. With the market continuously growing by double digits and with vegetarian products generating higher margins than their meaty counterparts do, the trend has not gone unnoticed by the major food corporations. Investing in this sector not only offers strong financial yields for your portfolio, but also generates social and ecological returns benefitting society and the environment.

A green letuce


ISIN: CH0489280914

The certificate allows you to invest in companies that are likely to benefit strongly from the growth of the vegetarian trend. It covers companies that produce vegetarian products and generate at least 90% of their income from vegetarianism. The certificate enables you to make a socially responsible investment in an industry that is forecast to see continuously high growth rates for the decades to come.


1 month return
-2.15 %
Risk / return scale 
Why? Globally, people’s thinking and behavior are changing, encouraging a shift from animal-based to non-meat food products. The devastating wildfire in the Amazon rainforest has propelled the conversation on diet from the fringes into the mainstream. Whether from the perspective of environmental impacts, cruelty to animals, health benefits, or helping end world hunger, plant-based or flexitarian diets have become a genuine and accessible solution. With celebrities like Brad Pitt and Beyoncé publicizing their benefits, it seems everyone is talking about plant-based diets. In China, the government’s newly released dietary guidelines call on the nation’s 1.3 billion people to reduce their meat consumption by 50%. Globally, there are many reasons why people are embracing a healthy, humane, vegetarian diet. Companies are slowly beginning to provide products to service this rapidly growing trend. Plant-based burger maker Beyond Food has introduced the public to products that will help them seamlessly reduce their traditional meat consumption. Meanwhile, bastions of meat worship like McDonalds, Burger King and KFC have all added plant-based alternatives to their menus. With more consumers trying out and converting to a meat-free diet, Big Food has sat up and taken notice. Why wouldn’t they? Not only is the market expected to experience double-digit growth, but vegetarian products also generate higher margins, are easier to handle, and foster significant brand loyalty. The global market for vegetarian food was valued at $12.69 billion in 2018 and is estimated to reach around $24.3 billion by 2026, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) in excess of 9.1% over the forecast period. Big Food companies currently dominate the segment. A lack of choice has enabled these companies to acquire or build brands that consumers are prepared to accept in spite of the dominance of meat-based brands in the wider portfolio. We think it will not be long before consumers no longer accept food producers who offer veggie burgers alongside chicken fingers: such an approach defeats many of the core motivations that drive people to choose to reduce their meat consumption. Our view is that food companies will in the future choose between plant- or meat-based portfolios. What? This theme will provide investors with direct exposure to the global trend toward vegetarian diets. We have identified companies deriving at least 90% of their revenue from vegetarianism, where a vegetarian is defined as “a person who does not eat meat or fish”. In addition, while a stated corporate sustainability commitment not to “directly contribute to animal suffering, destruction of the natural environment, or climate change” is a plus, we reject companies that speak the language of ESG (environmental, social and governance issues) but are not able to translate growth potential into share price performance. The companies we select must produce a consumable product. This is an actively managed certificate, so more companies will be added to the portfolio as they develop new offerings. Takeaways If you are willing to invest in a sustainable, long-term social and environmental theme that should remain center-stage for decades to come, our Vegetarians theme is definitely an excellent pick.


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