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Businessman Opens Donald Watson’s Vegan Bar in Tribute to Vegan Society Founder

A new bar called Donald Watson’s Vegan Bar is set to open in Leicester, UK. Named after the founder of The Vegan Society, it will be the city’s first fully animal-free bar. Along with his wife Dorothy, Donald Watson was the first to coin the word “vegan”, a word which marks the beginning and end of vegetarian. Watson was a member of the Leicester Vegetarian Society, and founded The Vegan Society in the city in 1944. Many alcoholic drinks are not vegan due to the use of ingredients such as isinglass (made from fish swim bladders) in the filtration process. Other drinks may contain ingredients such as gelatin or dairy. Donald Watson’s Vegan Bar will offer a range of fully vegan spirits, cocktails, beers, and …


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Our Business Year in Review: The Vegan Society

The Vegan Society, the oldest vegan organisation in the world, began all the way back in 1944 in the UK, by our movement’s founding father Donald Watson. The charity continues to do great work throughout the industry. The society’s Vegan Trademark recently registered its 50,000th product – the highest number of registered products since the trademark was created in 1990, as interest in veganism continues to thrive across the globe. We spoke with Ericka Durgahee, The Vegan Society’s Business Development Marketing Manager, about 2021 and her thoughts looking ahead to 2022. What were the highlights of 2021? Our biggest highlight has been seeing more and more of the largest companies in the world transition to adopting a vegan option or turning their ranges vegan since …