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.
Best supermarkets for vegan food
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.
Top supermarkets for vegan food
The full list of the nine major supermarkets is below:
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.”
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’.
Vegan is popular now
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.”