Restaurants Announce Major Vegan Sales: Veganuary's 'Astounding' Success Credited

A massive 400,000 people signed-up for the month-long pledge - smashing the organization's target
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Greggs revealed that sales of the vegan version of its classic steak bake exceeded expectations (Photo: Greggs)

Greggs revealed that sales of the vegan version of its classic steak bake exceeded expectations (Photo: Greggs)

The massive success of Veganuary has been credited for January's boom in plant-based sales.

Since the initiative launched in January 2014, the month has become the time for major vegan food releases.

This year saw a number of major options hit shelves - including Greggs' vegan steak bake, KFC's meatless burger, and McDonald's first vegan meal, among others.

Exceeding expectations

A number of these products exceeded sales expectations, with KFC selling a staggering 1 million of its Vegan Burger in just a month - that is one every three seconds.

Greggs also revealed that demand for its new steak bake was 'bigger than anticipated', and it was struggling to roll out the product out to all stores. It initially wanted availability in all of its 2,050 UK stores by January 13 - but pushed that date to January 31.

KFC sold a vegan burger every three seconds in January (Photo: Supplied to Plant Based News)

KFC sold a vegan burger every three seconds in January (Photo: Supplied to Plant Based News)

'Grateful'

"With the link between animal farming and the climate crisis making headlines nearly every day, we expected Veganuary 2020 to be the biggest yet, but it exceeded all of our expectations," said Toni Vernelli, Veganuary's head of communications, who described the number of sign-ups as 'astounding'.

"We're grateful to all of the businesses embracing Veganuary and making it easier for more people to eat more plant-based food more often. Together we are making an enormous difference for animals and the planet."

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