The vegan diet is sweeping the food industry

This image provided by Maeil Dairies Co. shows the company’s vegan bread.

SEOUL, May 30 (Korea Bizwire)Major South Korean food manufacturers are launching a series of vegan food products to meet the growing demand of the MZ generation born between the 1980s and 2000s.

Maeil Dairies Co., the country’s leading dairy company, has teamed up with a famous local bakery to launch a vegan bread made with whole wheat, oats and rolled oats.

Currently available on the Market Kurly online grocery platform, the product will come to the bakery’s offline store later this year.

Shinsegae Food Inc. has teamed up with local diabetic meal kit maker, Dr.Kitchen, to launch a sweet pumpkin bread made with plant-based recipes that contain no butter, milk or eggs.

CJ Cheiljedang Corp. launched certified 100% plant-based vegan frozen dumplings last year and recently began supplying them to the cafeteria industry.

Meanwhile, some companies have decided to open vegan restaurants.

Pulmuone Food and Culture Co., a food service company of Pulmuone Co., recently opened Plantude, a vegan restaurant that serves 13 dishes, including tofu lasagna.

Nongshim Co. has opened Forest Kitchen, a 34-seat vegan restaurant at Lotte World Mall, which serves alternative meat dishes.

The Korea Vegan Union estimates that 1.5-2 million South Koreans (3-4% of the country’s total population) are vegan. The number should increase.

Ashley Song ([email protected])