As we enter a new decade veganism continues to rise, the trend is becoming ever popular helped by an increasing number of celebrity influencers, climate protests and vegan restaurants.
The ideology is spurred on by the annual ‘Veganuary’ campaign which saw 1.3 million people (1) give up animal products in the UK in the first month of the year in 2019 – that’s 4.7% of the total UK population. The challenge is relatively new to the January rituals, launching in 2014, but is becoming increasingly popular, in fact the way it’s going it may soon outgrow the booze-free ‘Dry January’ campaign.
A vegan diet involves cutting out animal products like meat, fish, dairy and eggs. The reasons people choose to go Vegan are a concern for animal welfare, along with a concern for the environment and health reasons.
The Vegan Society says that veganism is ‘a lifestyle that avoids all animal foods such as meat, dairy, eggs, honey, animal-derived products like leather and any products tested on animals. Some of the benefits of going Vegan include better health and sleep, weight loss, lower blood pressure and cancer, lower risk of diabetes Type 2, lower risk of heart disease and it’s environmentally friendly.
According to research conducted by the Vegan Society in 2018, around 600,000 people identified as vegans in the UK. In the same year there were £740m estimated sales of meat-free foods, according to market researchers Mintel, which is up from £539m only three years ago.
Like the UK’s supermarket chains, at Southover Foods we are continually expanding our vegan food and drink offerings to keep up with consumers’ food choices. We are currently developing a dedicated vegan section in our catalogue which will be available soon. Below is a selection of just some of the products you can order via Southover Foods Food Service offering:
Soulful Soup: Sweet Potato, Coconut & Coriander
A smooth and sumptuous soup, with delicate warmth from ginger and chilli, and packed with immune-boosting goodness from sweet potato (potassium, vitamin B6)… perfect if you’re feeling a bit under the weather.
Soulful Soup: Thai Chilli Kale
Lemongrass and ginger bring a welcome zesty freshness to this calming coconut-based soup. Quinoa and edamame add texture and provide a great protein boost.
Soulful Stew: Cajun Spiced Jackfruit Stew
A chunky fiery dish cooked with tomato, thyme and oregano.
Soulful Stew: Butternut, Lentil & Spinach Hotpot
Chunks of hearty vegetables and pulses, gently cooked with coconut, lemongrass and a warming hint of Indian spices.
Hooba: Vegan Sausages
Delicious vegan-friendly Hooba sausages are perfect for that meat-free meal. With a firm texture and fantastic taste, all encased in a specially made edible vegan sausage skin.
Field and Forest Foods: Sausage Rolls
A meat-free savoury sausage roll encased in a delicious puff pastry. Using a speciality mushroom base provides the sausage rolls with a meaty texture, it’s fibrous without an overwhelming taste of mushroom.
ProperMaid: Vegan Cookies and Cream Cake
A rich chocolate double layer sponge filled and topped with vanilla and cookie icing and sprinkled with cookies and cream pieces.
(1) Kantar data