On June 21st 2018, the French company Carrefour opened a new branch in the centre of Paris, one third of which is dedicated to vegan, gluten-free and organic food. The shop employs over 20 people and has a wide range of almost 6,000 different products. In addition to the new store in Paris, the French retailer also plans to expand into other regions of the world. Carrefour recently opened its first high-tech store in Shanghai. Based on the growing demand for vegan products in the Chinese market, the company sees China as an ideal location to win new customers.
“To have a real impact, we have to think big and keep growing.” These are the words of Andrew Infantino, head of marketing at Copper Branch. The Canadian vegan restaurant has set itself big goals and intends to expand internationally, with new locations in the USA and Europe.
Nowadays, vegan products are an integral part of the product range at many supermarkets. Many restaurants and fast-food chains are also aware of the increasing popularity of plant-based products, and are offering alternatives. But how can vegan products make it into restaurants which have previously focused entirely on meat?
There has been no official announcement yet, but a publicly posted photo suggests that on July 9th, the Beyond Burger will be introduced in nearly 1,000 Canadian A&W restaurants.
Lord of the Fries is one of the most popular destinations for vegan fast food lovers in Australia. The founders of the chain have now announced that they will open 100 franchise stores in India in the coming years.
Michelin star chef Jason Atherton, former employee of renowned chef Gordon Ramsay, recently called for more openness towards vegan food within his profession. According to Atherton, too many cooks are still sceptical about veganism, although the trend is becoming increasingly widespread.
The Swedish hamburger chain “Max Burgers” is expanding its vegan and vegetarian range. With this move, it is responding to the decline in meat consumption in Sweden. The company wants to generate only half of its turnover with red meat by 2022 – this goal seems realistic based on the figures to date.
In St. Louis Bay, a 1909 hall is being transformed into a marketplace for sustainable and vegan products. This will enable local farmers to offer their produce to the community.
The sandwich chain Subway has expanded its product range in Finland by introducing a vegan option. The “Vegan Delite®” is now available in 24 Finnish branches of the sandwich franchiser.
The British pub and restaurant chain “Greene King Flaming Grill” is now offering vegan fish steaks from the company VBites due to the growing demand for plant-based products. The company is thus creating a vegan “fish and chips” alternative, which is now offered at over 140 locations throughout the country.
“To nature and back” – Italian hoteliers in the newly opened vegan hotels “i pini” in Tuscany and “La Vimea” in South Tyrol have risen to this challenge in full. Their motivation is to enable everyone to lead a natural life.
The vegan bakery chain “Cinnaholic” plans to open 136 new stores in the USA in 2018, doubling the number of branches in North America.
The Swedish retail chain IKEA has announced that a new vegan hot dog will be available in all stores in Europe by August this year. After a successful test phase at the Malmö site, during which the new product received 95% approval from customers, the new, plant-based sausage variant will soon be available to all visitors throughout Europe.
The British sandwich chain Pret A Manger will open its first German branch at Berlin Central Station in the autumn of 2018, offering vegan snacks, dishes, and more.
The German burger chain “Peter Pane” opened its first store in Vienna on May 12th 2018 and is now offering its range of vegan and vegetarian burgers in Austria too.