Goat meat is set to become the top food trend of 2019, with supermarkets lining up ready meals

It may be ‘Veganuary’, but goat meat is to become the top food trend of 2019, according to experts.

Supermarkets have been secretly testing recipes for goat sausages, meatballs and ready meals which soon be on shelves as an ‘ethical’ alternative to traditional meat.

While goat’s cheese and milk has steadily increased in popularity, goat meat is not yet stocked by any of the major food retailers.

But goat meat is poised to enter the mainstream market as one of this year’s top food trends, according to BBC Good Food magazine.

Almost 100,000 young male goats are culled each year because they cannot produce milk and cheese and there is less demand for their meat, according to campaigners [File photo]

Almost 100,000 young male goats are culled each year because they cannot produce milk and cheese and there is less demand for their meat, according to campaigners [File photo]

Almost 100,000 young male goats are culled each year because they cannot produce milk and cheese and there is less demand for their meat, according to campaigners [File photo]

Young goat meat tends to be tender and milder in flavour, similarly to lamb, while meat from oldest goats is stronger in taste and tougher.

Campaigners, including food broadcaster Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, have supported the Goatober initiative, which aims to raise awareness about wastage in the goat dairy system and encourage suppliers, restauranteurs and individuals to sell and cook with goat meat.

Almost 100,000 young male goats are culled each year because they cannot produce milk and cheese and there is less demand for their meat, according to campaigners.

James Whetlor, the founder of Cabrito, a Devon based goat meat supplier and a former chef at Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage, said: ‘These products are in the final stages of development and finally people are realising that it’s right that goat meat should be eaten, as these animals are being euthanised anyway and going to waste.’

Several London restaurants already list goat dishes on their menus, including east London’s St John restaurant and Ottolenghi.

Sales of goat cheese and milk have increased over the past five years, with cheese sales up from £27 million to £30.5 million, according to Kantar World panel data.

Goat milk sales are up from £29.5 million to £32 million over the same period.

While goat’s cheese and milk has steadily increased in popularity, goat meat is not yet stocked by any of the major food retailers [File photo]

While goat’s cheese and milk has steadily increased in popularity, goat meat is not yet stocked by any of the major food retailers [File photo]

While goat’s cheese and milk has steadily increased in popularity, goat meat is not yet stocked by any of the major food retailers [File photo]

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