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Health store Holland & Barrett has launched a range of own-brand vegan ice-cream.

The company, which has 715 stores across the UK, says it wants to offer a vegan low-calorie option with its range which comes in three flavors – peanut butter, passionfruit, and salted caramel.

The peanut butter and passionfruit options are made from a coconut base, and the salted caramel flavor an avocado one.

Health benefits

“Avocado and coconut act as the perfect alternatives to dairy in ice cream, bringing a host of health benefits to the range,” Holland & Barrett nutritionist, Amy Tolofari, told The Grocer.

“Avocado’s buttery texture means you get the same creamy consistency as you would expect from normal ice-cream, with none of the dairy.”

The ice-cream, which is available in all Holland & Barrett outlets, comes in a package featuring a sealable top rather than a separate lid in a bid to reduce waste.

Vegan Holland & Barrett

This launch is one of multiple steps the brand has taken to embrace the growing vegan market. Last year, it announced plans to open a vegan-only store ‘in the not too distant future’.

Emma Cockerill, Holland & Barrett’s Director of Product Development, said the company is ‘open to working with brands of all sizes’ – and will look at listing products either online, in bigger stores, or across all stores.

“We’ve long been committed to a plant-based lifestyle even offering members of the Vegan Society a discount in store. And with the growing amount of vegans in the UK comes the need for an expanded range of great products for them to choose from,” she added.

Maria Chiorando

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