If you're planning to join the record number of people adopting a vegan diet in 2021 but have yet to commit, you'll be pleased to know it's now easier than ever to buy plant-based food. We all thought 2020—with the KFC Vegan Chicken burgers and its surplus of new vegan cookbooks—was exciting, but just wait until you get a load of these fantastic new mainstream product launches lined up for Veganuary 2021 and onwards!:
Domino’s Chick-aint Pizza
What better way to start our list (and the year) than with Pizza? - Domino’s is expanding it’s vegan friendly menu for Veganuary 2021 with the brand new ‘Chick-aint’ pizza along with side dishes such as vegan nuggets. “The Chick-Ain’t Pizza combines Domino’s fresh vegan dough, vine-ripened tomato sauce and a sprinkling with Domino’s vegan cheese before being topped with plant-based strips, crunchy onions, finely chopped green and red peppers.” If you still aren’t impressed, The vegan nuggets they’re launching are tasty mini-bites coated in breadcrumbs - perfect for dipping in a vegan garlic dip.
While McDonald’s is definitely a little late to jump on the vegan bandwagon, we’re super excited to see the world’s largest fast food giant launching their new burger named the McPlant! While it’s unclear who their supplier is, they’ve recently announced that the giant will be working with Vegan market-leader Beyondmeat for product testing - "Beyond Meat and McDonald's co-created the plant-based patty which will be available as part of their McPlant platform," the company said. Nonetheless, we’re really happy to see vegan food becoming more cost-effective compared to meat so those who may not be able to afford high-quality vegan brands can still be sustainable!
Krispy Kreme’s Vegan Donuts
Did someone say Donuts? We’re definitely interested! Krispy Kreme’s is set to launch their first ever vegan donut in the original glazed flavour that the chain launched back in 1937. Quoting Louise Direito, Krispy Kreme UK and Ireland’s Head of Innovation: “We are excited to extend our range of iconic irresistibly original doughnuts with the launch of our first ever vegan offering, available exclusively in the UK. We know January is a time when many are trying out new lifestyles and set ourselves the challenge to create a plant based doughnut that is equally delicious as the original, with absolutely no compromise.” The best thing about it is that it tastes EXACTLY the same as the original - We promise we won’t blame you if you order a dozen just for yourself!
Subway’s vegan T.L.C (Tastes Like Chicken) sub and double chocolate cookie
If you’ve had enough of fast food, we’re pleased to tell you that Subway’s adding two exciting new additions to it’s plant-based menu: The TLC (or tastes like chicken), a fully customisable 6-inch or Footlong Sub, a salad or a wrap for even more choices; as well as a Vegan double chocolate cookie for those of you with a sweet tooth. Angelina Gosal, Head of Marketing UK & Ireland at Subway said: "Our new plant-based T.L.C. Sub will delight both our vegan and non-vegan fans - we’ve created a product that tastes so much like our flavour-full chicken breast strips, guests will be surprised it’s not the real thing.” It’s made from soy-based protein as well! If any of you are going healthy for your resolution this year, this is a great pick.
M&S Plant Kitchen Launches!
For our final pick for the year, we’re choosing to highlight M&S’s ever-expanding Plant kitchen. Not only does it have a wide range of starters, fast-food and desserts, but they’re constantly adding new launches every month, including Vegan chorizos and chicken chunks. If you’re still not convinced, they’ve even included a handy monthly vegan guide for those of you who are trying to go vegan but need daily inspiration! We’ve linked it here: M&S's Plant Kitchen Vegan Challenge What’s more, all the products are usually wrapped as ready-made meals to take on the go if meal prep isn’t your forte.
And those are our top five picks! Clearly, vegan options are getting more and more accessible by the minute, not to mention cheap at the same time. After a year when many of us have had more time to think and reflect, it’s no surprise that people have been more willing to confront their eating habits - this year, it’s a good idea for you to go vegan too!
Written By Aiswarya Rambhatla
Edited by Eunice Pang