Reading Time: 2 minutes Tesco's vegan turkey crown has already sold out online Credit: Tesco
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The best supermarkets for vegan Christmas food have been revealed in a new list.

The list was compiled by health brand Garden of Life, and shared on Instagram by Veganuary, a global initiative which supports people as they try a plant-based diet in January and beyond.

Aldi took a lower spot on the list – despite offering its own vegan alternative to the turkey centerpiece Credit: Aldi

Best supermarkets for vegan food

The UK’s biggest supermarket – Tesco – topped the list. According to the research, the retail giant offers the most own-brand vegan products under its Wicked Kitchen and Plant Chef lines. 

In total, it offers 76 items including starters, mains, grab-and-go items and desserts among other options. Asda, which launched its own brand ‘Asda Plant Based’ line in January, came in second, offering 72 products.

Waitrose came in third place, offering 60 products. The upmarket retailer launched its own-brand line of vegan products in October 2018. Since launching the line, the supermarket has steadily added products, and now offers items including plant-based meat alternatives, ravioli, pizza, and fishcakes among others.

Tesco topped the list of best supermarkets for vegan Christmas food Credit: Tesco

Top supermarkets for vegan food

The full list of the nine major supermarkets is below:

1. Tesco

2. ASDA

3. Waitrose

4. Morrisons

5. Sainsbury’s

6. Co-Op

7. Aldi

8. Iceland

9. Lidl

Vegan Christmas sales surge

Supermarkets across the board have reported surging sales of vegan Christmas foods, with some selling out of plant-based centerpieces earlier this month.

According to an article in the Guardian titled Veganattone and ‘no turkey’ crowns: it’s a merry vegan Christmas for UK retailers, ‘supermarkets are reporting strong sales of alternatives to festive staples’.

The piece adds: “Some ‘limited edition’ alternatives to the turkey centerpiece [are] already selling out. Tesco is tempting taste buds with a record 10 plant-based ‘centerpieces’ – up from six last year – including its new Wicked Kitchen ‘no turkey roast crown’, which has already sold out online.”

Tesco’s vegan Christmas offering includes grab-and-go options like its plant-based turkey wrap Credit: Supplied to Plant Based News

Vegan Christmas

According to recent polling, a staggering massive 20 percent of Brits are planning a fully vegan Christmas meal this year.

The poll, of 2,000 participants, was carried out by cheese giant Applewood. It discovered that one in five people would buy all vegan products for all their Christmas dinner guests, even if they’re catering for just one vegan. 

The company also found that an enormous 74 percent of respondents said they would be ‘looking at plant-based alternatives to cheese this Christmas’. 

Polling by Applewood found a surprising number of Brits are planning a vegan Christmas? Credit: Norseland/PBN

In a statement sent to Plant Based News, Lisa Harrison, Senior Brand Manager for Applewood Vegan and Mexicana Vegan, said the demand for its vegan cheeses is an ‘indication of how popular a vegan lifestyle is now’.

“Research shows that vegans and vegetarians look set to make up a quarter of the British population in 2025, and eating a vegan diet could be the ‘single biggest way’ to reduce our environmental impact on Earth,” she said.

“But, we were surprised by our survey results that show people are increasingly willing to forgo their traditional Christmas foodie treats for healthier alternatives even when it makes cooking vegan for the whole family.”

Maria Chiorando

Maria is the editor of Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle.