‘Veganuary’ 2021: Vegan Food Launches
Last year gave us Nando’s Great Imitator, Subway’s Beyond Meatball Marinara sub, Greggs’ Vegan Steak Bake, Caffé Nero’s vegan raspberry croissants, and so much more. It’s safe to say the bar has been set quite high for 2021, at least for vegan food. Nonetheless, we’re happy to report that the vegan revolution marches on: the industry-wide vegan food boom means more and more cafés, fast-food joints, and chain restaurants want a slice of the lucrative plant-based pie.
Here are some of the most exciting launches to look forward to in the new year:
Aldi has lots in store for 2021, including an arrabiata pizza with vegan chicken and additions to its Plant Menu line, such as Jamaican-style chilli bean stew, coconut and apple dhal, and dairy-free ice cream. Established favourites like Plant Menu’s Red Onion & Rosemary Sausages and the Earth Grown Classic Meatless Meatballs will still be available.
Vegan bacon and chicken are coming to an Asda location near you! The supermarket’s Vegan & Plant Based line is growing with the addition of bacon-style rashers, chicken-style kievs, nuggets, and shawarma. Asda now also has a vegan butcher counter, where you can source all your plant-based favourites.
- Burger King
Burger King’s new Vegan Bean Burger features two signature veggie patties topped with lettuce, tomato, ketchup, and vegan mayo on a toasted sesame-seed bun. It’ll be available at all UK Burger King locations from 11 January.
Chiquito’s updated vegan menu section has plenty to offer, including loaded wedges, paella, enchiladas, telera buns, and more. Our must-tries from the new plant-based offerings? The corn ribs and the deep-fried ice cream!
Co-op will be nearly doubling the vegan offerings of its Gro brand in the new year. Our favourites include Sizzle Steaks made with mushrooms and plant protein, Chick’n Kievs with a roast garlic filling, Mushroom & Spinach Wellington, meatless pies, and Linguine Meatball Marinara with a mildly spiced tomato sauce, mushroom meatballs, SunBlush tomatoes, vegan mozzarella, and parsley. Yum!
Cooplands is bringing vegan cream cake to the high street! The Vegan Devonshire Split made with a pillowy soft sweet bun, filled with tangy strawberry jam and vegan whipped cream, will be available across 170 stores for just £1.15. In addition, check out the chain’s vegan sausage roll, steak bake, pizza, “cheese” and pickle sandwich, and “cheese” and vegetable bake!
- Costa Coffee
We predict that vegan chicken will be huge in 2021, and Costa Coffee’s new Vegan BBQ Chick’n Panini will hit the spot. In addition, returning favourites like the Vegan Smoky Ham & Cheeze Toastie and strawberry vegan croissants will be joined by a new Vegan Roasted Butternut Squash Pastry Roll, a Jamaican Ginger Loaf Cake, and other options.
Frankie & Benny’s
Delighting us with six new vegan dishes, Frankie & Benny’s has something for everyone. With a vegan menu that includes BBQ jackfruit bites, “pepperoni” pizza, a beet burger, a “meatball” sandwich, red velvet hot cookie dough, and creamy Oreo cake, you’ll need a few visits to try it all.
Domino’s new Chick-Ain’t pizza offering is a little slice of heaven. It delivers cheesy goodness, delicious plant-based strips, crunchy onions, and finely chopped peppers, and the new Vegan Nuggets coated in crispy southern-fried breadcrumbs served with vegan garlic and herb dip are perfect pizza companions. Line these plant-based goodies up and knock ’em down!
Hellmann’s new vegan bacon, chipotle, and garlic mayonnaises are perfect for veggie burgers, chips, sandwiches, and salads. These vegan spreads have a smooth, thick consistency, making them ideal for dolloping and putting on all your favourite dishes – mayo dreams come true in 2021.
Higgidy’s winter range is back, this time introducing three vegan pies that are comforting and totally delicious. Meet the Spinach & Roasted Tomato Vegan Quiche, the Porcini Mushroom & Spinach Vegan Little Quiche, and the Mini No-Pork Pies – hearty plant-based offerings ideal for hibernation!
Krispy Kreme is finally rolling out its first vegan doughnut – the Original Glazed Vegan, which tastes just like the iconic glazed doughnut the chain launched back in 1937. We won’t blame you if you order a dozen just for yourself.
- Las Iguanas
The new No Goat Curry is the vegan dish to try at Las Iguanas this January. The spicy Dominican-style jerk-spiced jackfruit and Scotch bonnet curry is served with spring onion rice and pink pickled onions. ¡Arriba!
Lidl is giving us many new vegan items to mark the new year. Starting this month, you’ll be able to get vegan goods such as garlic mushroom pizza, no-beef pasties, “cheese” pasties, “sausage” rolls, sweet potato moussaka, Meatless Farm items, three vegan cheeses, and more.
If you can’t get enough of vegan Magnum, we have excellent news for you. In addition to PETA’s Vegan Food Awards winner Vegan Classic and almond ice cream, pleasure seekers can now indulge in the new Non-Dairy Sea Salt Caramel bars. Don’t miss ’em!
Whether you’re giving vegan a go in January or looking to treat yourself to some plant-based goodies to start the year off right, you’ll love Morrisons’ new Veganuary Box. It’s packed with animal-friendly foods, such as vegan roast Tenderstrips, jackfruit in BBQ sauce, barista-style almond milk, creamy chocolate, and more.
The Plant Kitchen range is already a firm favourite, and it will be expanded in January. We can’t wait to try the Melt in the Middle No-Fish Cakes, New York Style No Salt-Beef Pretzel Rolls, Chicken-les Tikka, No-Beef Meatballs, No-Chicken Southern Fried Tenders, Plant Kitchen BBQ No-Chicken Pieces, and Piri Piri No-Chicken Pieces.
Get a taste of the sea with none of the cruelty: meet Neat Burger’s Filet-no-Fish! The new sandwich is the chain’s first vegan fish burger, and it’s super-tasty. It features jackfruit cooked in breadcrumbs, topped with tartare sauce and lettuce and served in a bun. Cheese lovers can also add a slice of vegan cheese.
The future is vegan, and Ocado customers seem to agree: in 2020, the platform saw more than 378,000 combined searches for vegan sausages, pizzas, burgers, and ready meals as well as over 73,000 for “vegan chicken” and “vegan bacon”. Now, you can add even more vegan delights to your Ocado shop. We’re particularly excited about its new vegan seafood meals such as Vegan ZeaStar Crispy Lemon Shrimpz, Novish Vish Burger, Novish 6 Vish Sticks, and Vegan ZeaStar Kalamariz.
- Papa John’s
Papa John’s is delivering the vegan goods once again – it was the first national delivery chain in the UK to offer vegan cheese pizzas, and now, it’s the first to offer vegan stuffed-crust pizza. The chain has also upped its animal-free game with, Not-Chicken Vegan Bites – crispy vegan chicken poppers with southern-fried flavour – and the Alice Tai Pizza, designed by the 2016 Paralympic gold medallist for “Veganuary” and featuring vegan cheese and sausage, chestnut mushrooms, fresh tomatoes, sweetcorn, onions, and black olives.
Pret A Manger
Pret A Manger’s new Meatless Meatball Hot Wrap is made with Meatless Farm’s meatballs and a layer of red tapenade and chipotle ketchup, seasoned with garlic and herbs, and topped with a sprinkling of crispy onions to pack it full of flavour. Established vegan favourites like the berry croissant and Dark Chocolate & Almond Butter Cookie will also be joined by a new Vegan Breakfast Baguette and a Vegan Hoisin Mushroom Wrap.
Vegan chicken sandwich? Yes, please! We love the Meatless Meatball Marinara, and now, Subway is treating us with another vegan take on an iconic sandwich – a vegan T.L.C. (Tastes Like Chicken) Sub, available with slices of Violife vegan cheese. In addition, don’t miss its new absolutely heavenly Vegan Double Chocolate Cookies.
Following the launch of vegan whipped cream for its holiday drinks, Starbucks is unveiling some vegan items for the new year, including a vegan Cheese & Marmite Ciabatta and the game-changing Beyond Meat breakfast sandwich, featuring a Beyond Meat patty, tofu scramble, relish, and vegan cheese served on a pretzel roll.
The maker of the PETA Award–winning Vegatsu curry is rolling out new vegan options, which include vegan chilli squid, vegan sticky ribs, firecracker curry, and grilled “duck” donburi. These new dishes aren’t the only progress from Wagamama this year. The chain has also pledged that half of its main menu will be meat-free by the end of 2021. Hopefully, it’ll be 100% meat-free soon after.
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