UK food service outlets launch new Veganuary options


Food Service

From Bhajis to Bulgogi: UK Food Service Outlets Introduce New Veganuary Options

As Veganuary gets underway, many UK food service outlets are launching new menu options to cater to customers who are trying a plant-based diet. Here, we take a look at some of the newly introduced dishes. Leon Healthy fast food chain Leon is celebrating Veganuary with an updated plant-based menu. One new option is the Bangin’ Bhaji Wrap, which contains courgette and pea bhajis topped with Kachumber (an Indian salad), crispy onions, and herby mayo. Another new dish is the Rainbow Squash Salad, containing roasted butternut squash, herby mayo, pink kraut, greens, and grains, seasoned with Mediterranean-inspired spices. “Get ready for a line-up of plantilicious dishes that are not only a treat for the taste buds but are a treat for the gut too,” said …


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Fast Food

Global Fast Food Chains Become Increasingly Plant-Friendly, Normalizing Sustainable Food

A report by ProVeg has found that the five leading global fast food chains — McDonald’s, Burger King, Subway, Pizza Hut, and KFC — are increasingly offering a range of plant-based options. The research looked at the plant-based dishes offered by the chains in Belgium, Czechia, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, South Africa, Spain, the UK, and the US. The chains were then ranked based on these findings, with main meals, sides, and desserts all taken into account. Burger King tops the list Burger King topped the list due to its wide range of animal-free main dishes. Yesterday (August 8) marked four years since the chain’s Impossible Whopper rolled out across the US; since then, plant-based Whoppers have become widely available in numerous countries, along with …


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Fast Food

The UK’s Fast Food Chains Ranked For Plant-Based Friendly Credentials

ProVeg has ranked the plant-based friendliness of the top-five fast-food chains in the UK, taking into account their selection of vegan options along with the clarity of their menu presentation and labelling.   Burger King is in first place, largely due to its range of nine fully plant-based main meals. These include the Vegan Chicken Royale, Plant-Based Whopper, and Vegan Nuggets. Plant-based bacon made by La Vie has also been a permanent menu fixture at the chain since the beginning of the year. In second place is Subway, which was recognised for clearly labelling plant-based options with the VE symbol and allowing customers to create their own vegan sandwiches. Options include the Meatless Meatball Marinara and the T.L.C (Tastes Like Chicken). McDonald’s takes the third …


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Food Service

Plant-Based Beef Slices by the Vegetarian Butcher Launch at Subway in Northern Europe

The Vegetarian Butcher‘s plant-based beef slices are now available at Subway locations in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, and Finland. The slices will be featured in the new Plant-Based Steak Sub. Available as a six-inch or foot-long sandwich, customers can add as many vegetables as they like, along with vegan cheese and a sauce of choice (Subway recommends teriyaki). “Our Plant-based Steak has been created in collaboration with The Vegetarian Butcher, one of the world’s leading plant-based meat brands, so our guests don’t have to compromise on taste or texture to enjoy a meat-free lunch,” said Angelina Gosal, Head of Marketing UK & Ireland at Subway. The new sub adds to Subway’s existing vegan options, the Plant Patty and Veggie …


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Products & Launches

Subway Plants In Blanket Vegan Sandwich Launched for UK Festive Season

Subway Plants in Blanket vegan sandwich (P.I.B. Sub) has been launched at select stores in the UK. The festive sub is a totally plant-based version of the global sandwich chain’s “pigs in blankets” option. After being in development for several months, the P.I.B. Sub features vegan sausages wrapped in smoky plant-based bacon with a maple syrup glaze and is available as a 6-inch sub, footlong, salad, or wrap. Unfortunately, the P.I.B. Sub will not receive a national rollout, and will only be available at stores across the West Midlands, including Birmingham, Coventry, and Wolverhampton. Availability is exclusively in-store and for a limited time while stocks last. Subway has been steadily expanding its plant-based options as they have grown in popularity, with its Plant Patty and …


Gastronomy & Food Service

Australia: Subway Adds First Vegan Option to the Menu

According to the Australian media magazine Courier Mail, Subway is introducing its first fully vegan sub as a menu option in Australia and New Zealand. The reason for this is increased consumer demand for plant-based filling options in its sandwiches. The purely plant-based alternative contains crushed falafel and will be found at 100 locations of the franchise chain in Australia and New Zealand, particularly in New South Wales, Victora, Queensland, South Australia and West Australia. Consumer acceptance of the vegan alternative will tested there. For the sandwich manufacturer, customer feedback is particularly important. “We seek as much feedback as possible to ensure that when we add or remove ingredients we know exactly what our loyal customers think about them, and all future menu changes are …