Veganism: The next big thing in the restaurant business?
The number of Vegans in the UK has tripled since 2006
Vegan and vegetarianism are on the rise since people are becoming increasingly aware of where their food is coming from and the conditions it was created in. What impact will this have on the restaurant and foodservice industry?
It's a numbers game
According to a survey by the vegan society (reference), there were at least 542,000 vegans in Britain in 2016, this number increased by as much as three times since 2006, which makes veganism one of the fastest growing lifestyle movements.
This means out of the population of Britain (65,502,000 roughly) vegans make up just under 1%.
Although 1% of the population may seem tiny, combined with the 5.7% of vegetarians in the UK (reference) this corresponds to over 3.5 million people in the UK following a meat-free diet.
How does this translate into the restaurant market?
There are around 3K vegan or vegetarian restaurants in the UK, which may seem like a lot but, when compared to the over 72K food enterprises recorded in 2015 is actually minuscule.
With the vegan and vegetarian movements growing it will be crucial for restaurants to adapt and start offering more options catering to vegans and vegetarians as soon enough they will make up an even larger portion of the clientele.
How do you think veganism will affect the restaurant industry?