Demand for vegan and vegetarian options in company restaurants is booming, according to data from one of the UK’s largest contract caterers.
Sodexo reported that sales of vegetarian and vegan meals nearly doubled at corporate client sites between November 2020 and November 2021, rising from 7% to 13% as a proportion of all meals sold.
In November 2021, 41% of all meatless or fishless meals purchased were vegan options such as jackfruit jalfrezi, vegan tacos and Korean stir-fried tofu, up from 24% in the same month the year before.
The figures were collated from 145 restore points among Sodexo corporate clients using EPOS data.
The increase reflects a shift in consumer awareness and increased choice, according to Claire Atkins-Morris, director of corporate responsibility at Sodexo. “As part of our net zero commitment, we understand that plant-based meals have a lower carbon impact. We have set a goal to increase the number of plant-based meals and recipes we provide to 33% by 2025,” she said.
This year’s Veganuary campaign has once again seen food companies launch a series of new vegan and vegetarian products and dishes to meet growing consumer demand for plant-based options.