Danone is most famous for its dairy products, but is looking towards the future with a keen eye on plant-based products: "The future is flexitarian!"
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French dairy giant Danone has launched a 'Plant-Based Acceleration Unit', which should push its plant-based turnover from two to five billion euros by 2025.
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Belgian vegans are advised to do their shopping at both Ahold Delhaize chains, a study found out. Albert Heijn offers the largest vegan selection, closely followed by Delhaize. The discounters Aldi and Lidl are on the other side of the spectrum.
British supermarket giant Tesco will venture into premium convenience stores, robots and plant-based food. These are just some of the priorities for future growth, according to the retailer.
The popularity of vegan or plant-based products is growing fast in retail: research from the UK indicates that the number vegan products in webshops increased by more than 75 % last year, while over half of all newly launched cosmetics products are purposefully plant-based and animal-friendly.
In order to safeguard our health and the planet's future, our eating patterns need to change drastically. New scientific advice makes a case for the limitation of using animal products once more.
British health chain Holland & Barrett (previously known in the Benelux as Essenza) plans to open completely vegan stores, a trend the chain needs to follow according to CEO Peter Aldis.
Plant-based food is on the rise – even in the United States, where 48 % aims to eat more plant-based food. Consumers do prefer that term to vegan food, which sounds too strict and negative.
Swedish Ikea will now also manufacture vegan products. The first item will be the Veggie Dog, a vegan version of the hot dog. Local customers will have to wait until the summer to buy one here as well.
Are vegans a growing group of consumers that need to be considered? Do supermarkets need vegan store formulas or sections? In any case, some careful attempts are made towards this trendy market.
Despite the increased focus on a vegetable diet, the vegan supermarket business model does not seem to be financially stable: Veganz, the world's first vegan supermarket chain, is in trouble.