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It’s estimated that almost 6% of the UK are vegetarian, that’s 3 million people and another half a million people are vegan. The figure rises when you begin to include flexitarians (those who choose to eat meat less often). These people will have their own reasons for choosing these diets; health, environmental concern, animal welfare, money.
Whatever the reason, we know it’s more important than ever to have great vegetarian and vegan products in our stores. This blog post aims to highlight some of our key vegetarian products to look out for.
Some of your favourite meals for tonight
- Macaroni Cheese
- Spinach and Ricotta Tortelloni, (Just 4 minutes to cook)
- Italian Three Cheese Pasta Melt (Serves 2)
- Carrot and Coriander Soup (Gluten-Free)
Keep your eyes on the shelves and our social media as we’ve got some more vegetarian lines launching in Ready Meals this summer.
Download a full list of Vegetarian products available at the Co-op (PDF)We don’t group vegetarian products together in stores, and our 2500+ stores are all different shapes and sizes so, availability and location within the store can vary.
What else is new?
- Sweetcorn Fritter & Pineapple Salsa Sandwich
- Veggie Burger (Vegan)
Back by popular demand, there’s the Sweetcorn Fritter & Pineapple Salsa Sandwich. A lot of you got in touch with us on Twitter to say you missed the sandwich, so we brought it back.In March we also launched a range of frozen meat-free lines including our new Veggie Burger too (Vegan) which is packed full of 8 different vegetables and low in saturated fat, great for summer barbeques.
With vegetarian lifestyles being chosen by more and more by our customers and members in the UK each year, myself and the team are working to continuously develop all the food categories to ensure there are constantly new products hitting the shelves for you.
We’re very open to receiving your suggestions of what kinds of vegetarian products you’d like to see on Co-op shelves in the future so please let us know on Twitter or in the comments below.
How can I identify vegetarian products in Co-op stores?
You can easily identify which our of Co-op own brand products by the “V” vegetarian & vegan symbol.
Need some vegetarian inspiration?
If you are following a vegetarian diet, make sure you are keeping a balanced intake of all your key food groups, the Government’s Eat Well guide shows you what your breakdown should be and encourages us to eat more beans and pulses.