Veganism is UK’s biggest food trend

One of the biggest lifestyle changes that people are making right now, is the shift to veganism, consuming only plant-based products, and avoiding the purchase of items made from animal by-products.

The number of vegans in Great Britain quadrupled between 2014 and 2019, and in 2018 the UK launched more vegan products than any nation; veganism was the biggest food trend in that year.

There is a growing market to meet increasing consumer demand. Meat-free food increased in the UK by 987% in 2017, and orders for vegan meals grew by 388% between 2016 and 2018.

People also want to know more about what veganism means and how to live well as a vegan. Waterstones had 9,030 book titles with the word “vegan” in them available for sale in December 2019 compared to 944 in August 2018.

Brighton is considered the easiest area to be vegan, but it would seem that veganism in Oundle is more accessible than you think.

Brew Babu offers a wide range of plant-based options. Their enthusiastic barista, Millie said, “We do a vegan carrot cake and a vegan apple crumble which is gluten free, as well. There’s a vegan flapjack, vegan granola, and vegan chocolate cupcakes, and we do a vegan afternoon tea.” In addition, they serve milk alternatives such as almond, coconut, soya and oat milk.

Beans Coffee Stop also do a range of milk alternatives for their drinks. Their barista, Tegan Griffiths is a vegan. She said: “We’ve got dairy free milk so we can make vegan coffees and drinks like hot chocolate. We have vegan cakes and for mains we can do veggie chilli bowls. We can kind of offer a vegan version of anything.”

The Italian restaurant, Salernos also offers vegan versions of most of their dishes, as all their food is made fresh. “You can build your own dish with whichever components you like.”

The Talbot Hotel’s restaurant is another vegan friendly eatery. In January, they offered a special three course Veganuary menu with three plant-based options for each course. They hope to add more of these options to their main menu in the near future.

In addition to vegan alternatives at restaurants and cafes in Oundle, supermarkets such as Tesco and the Co-op stock vegan alternatives.

In Tesco they offer foods which are “free from”, including dairy free options such as vegan salted caramel galaxy chocolate, vegan nut bars and plant-based yoghurts. They also offer vegan wraps in the meal deal as part of their Plant Chef range.

In early January, the Co-op launched their own vegan brand, GRO, which includes ready meals such as ravioli, pizzas, pasties, and plant-based meat alternatives. The Cooperative also have a wide range of dairy product alternatives such as cheese, milk, ice cream and yoghurt.

Sunny Woodend
May 2020