Reading Time: 2 minutes Waitrose currently sells the plain pizza bases (Photo: Manon van Essen)
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UK supermarket Waitrose has launched new vegan pizza bases – containing a blend of flour and vegetables.

The bases currently on offer at the supermarket include courgette and cauliflower, which both contain around 65g of vegetables – making them one of your five-a-day.

They were created by Magioni – a company formed by Manon van Essen – who has sold 13,000 pizzas a day since launching the product in Holland.

1,000+ stores

Van Essen perfected her cauliflower pizza recipe in her kitchen, before pitching her brand to Albert Heijn – the biggest supermarket in the Netherlands. Now stocked by 1,000+ stores, she is in talks to grow to a further six countries in the next year.

In a statement sent to Plant Based News, she said: “We are so proud to have helped Holland to eat an extra 250 million grams of veggies last year.

“Now we’re excited for our small brand of young foodies to come to the UK and provide an option for anyone who doesn’t want to choose between healthy eating and one of the nation’s favourite foods.”

Manon van Essen

Waitrose vegan options

The bases are currently available at Waitrose, with plans for a second range to launch in the store on September 12.

The retailer has made huge strides forward this year in improving its plant-based products, following consumer demand. After launching a dedicated vegan section to its stores earlier this Summer, Waitrose added more than 50 new vegetarian and vegan lines to its offerings.

According to Chloe Graves, Waitrose Chilled Vegetarian and Vegan Buyer: “Our current selection of products has been selling really well week after week, with requests for more choice coming from our customers and partners, so we could clearly see there was an appetite to have more vegetarian and vegan options in our shops.”

Maria Chiorando

Maria is a news and features writer for 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. She was previously the editor of Plant Based News for over 3 years.