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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?

VEGAN_LOGO

You can easily identify which our of Co-op own brand products by the “V” vegetarian & vegan symbol.

Need some vegetarian inspiration?

You can find lots of vegetarian recipe ideas at www.dinner4tonight.com and in our latest Co-op Food Magazine.

Let us know what you think about the new products or tell us what your favourite vegetarian recipes are by tweeting us or tagging us on Instagram, @coopukfood.

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.

Charlotte Goose
Undergraduate Developer

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  1. Steve Murrells mentioned the difficulties with stocking Vegan and Vegetarian food nationwide in different sized stores and layouts in his AGM 2017 opening address. He spoke of a project to investigate how individual vegan and v members could order from the full range for in store pickup using the full national network of Group food stores. One way of sidestepping the shop floor issues and sell the full range beyound the few remaining Mid-sized supermarkets remaining. I know Member Pioneers have been able to order seasonal goods e.g Mince Pies to store in the past, with a minimum spend or number of items I don’t see any problems if in range.

    Has there been any progress on this? It is a great idea

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  2. I see the picture on this article features two items from our ready meals section with the highest amounts of sat fat. 16g and 17g in those macaroni cheeses (daily allowance is 20g, 30g for men depending where you read). I know the green Mac cheese has been reformulated over the years as I recall it having 22 grams in it 5 years ago. But its still an alarming amount of sat fat (which isn’t of any use to the human body unless you want a large belly and thunder thighs). There must be a way to reduce it further?

    What’s a flexitarian? Somebody who can’t decide what they want to eat?

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  3. hi

    thanks for this. This is a great start but at the start of National Vegetarian week, I have to ask. can we do more. I would like to see less ready meals and more veggie products like burgers, sausages mince etc so we can make our own meals. Have you spoken to the Vegetarian Society who have just produced an authorised Vegetarian eat weel plate, They could help you so much

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  4. My household consists of a vegetarian, a pesscatarian, a meat eater and a flexatarian! Ready meals for us are an expensive way of feeding us all so on a limited budget, we cook from scratch. (it’s easier than it sounds! A veggie based sauce is made, then devided into 2-3 saucepans before the meat, fish or meat substitute is added. Additional herbs, spices, pulses can be added to each pan to add flavour, heat or bulk.) With an increasing demand for non meat products for our family meals, I would like to see more choice of vegetarian pre made chilled and frozen items in my store. Items like burgers, oven bakes, pies, sausages etc. Items that require more meal prep than a bung in the oven ready meal(!) But with the convenience of being ready home made! The brand GOSH is a great example. Even my meat loving hubby enjoys their veggie burgers and oven bakes. With an increasing number of flexatarians (those who choose to cut down on meat consumption to have meat free days), this is an opportunity for the co-op to increase their current vegetarian options and would prevent those who live this lifestyle having to shop at other supermarkets, as I do.

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  5. What would also be great on your food products would be a ‘Palm Oil Free’ logo/sign. What is Co-op’s long term strategy re palm oil?

    Kind regards (love these updates).

    Julia Burley

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    • Hi Julia! I asked the same question myself over 2 years ago! This is a copy of the email I received then. I hope this helps. Regards Amanda.
      “All the palm oil used in our own brand products is sustainable and WWF approved. We are aware of the challenges which unsustainable Palm Oil production presents, therefore we are involved with the Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and all the Palm Oil we use is certified sustainable under one of the RSPO certification schemes. We work with the RSPO as this is the industry standard and as palm oil is such a large issue it requires us to come together with other businesses to move the market towards a more sustainable position. As segregated Palm Oil is the best way to guarantee traceability, we are working towards all our palm oil coming from segregated sources, and move away from Green Palm certificate buying. We clearly label on all our Own Brand products where we use palm oil, we have the option to state it as vegetable oil, but we believe customers should be able to make a choice as to whether they wish to purchase product which contains palm oil.”

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