Recent studies have shown that 14 per cent of Brits identify themselves as flexitarian
- deliberately reducing the amount of meat they eat, whilst vegetarians (including vegans) look set to make up a quarter of the British population by 2025, and, according to Sainsbury's Future of food report, half will identify as flexitarians
Add that to a rise in "flexitarians
", people who choose to eat less animal products, and there's no wonder vegan takeaway orders rose 388% in 2016/18, while vegetarian orders are up 137%.
In April Pret announced it was shaking up its menu for summer, adding 20 new products that provided more variety and options for "flexitarians
", vegans and vegetarians to accommodate the growing trend towards wellness and sustainability.
Unilever said the brand's "quirky" soy protein and lupin bean-based products, including a vegetarian Lincolnshire-style sausage called 'Little Willies' and vegetarian beef-style burger 'Holy Cow', would stand out on shelf and appeal to flexitarians
, vegetarians and vegans alike.
Vegans and flexitarians
will be grilled to bits this summer as Iceland launches new vegan BBQ food items.
"We're confident it will be a huge hit with the skyrocketing numbers of vegans, vegetarians, and flexitarians
around the UK.
We've listened to our guests and are excited to be able to offer three delicious breakfast sandwiches that vegans, vegetarians, flexitarians
and meat lovers can feel good about," said Mike Hancock, Chief Operations Officer, Tim Hortons.
Others describe themselves as flexitarians
, meaning they follow a semi-vegetarian diet that is mostly plant-based but may occasionally include a small portion of meat, poultry, fish, eggs or dairy.
The survey also shows that three per cent are vegetarians, and 14 per cent are "flexitarians
" - people who consume a mainly plant-based diet but who still occasionally consume meat.
A total of 20 new products are being added to the food firm's offering next week, with many targeted at "flexitarians
", vegans and vegetarians.
Broadening interest in plant-based diets has also resulted in meat alternatives moving beyond their original vegetarian and vegan domain to encompass a much broader base of flexitarians
, as new product development has been focusing on improving quality to replicate real meat.