Retail Giant Co-op To Offer 100 Vegan Wines By the End of 2018

Many traditional wine makers use animal products to refine their drinks
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Co-op plans to expand its range (Photo: Kym Ellis)

Co-op plans to expand its range (Photo: Kym Ellis)

UK retailer Co-op has announced it will be expanding its vegan wine range to include 100 products by the end of 2018.

According to the brand, eight new beverages are due to launch next month.

Wine

Wine is often unsuitable for vegans because of the fining agents which are used to filter it.

Among these are isinglass (from fish swim bladders), gelatin, and egg white.

These filters are used to remove traces of yeast and bacteria from the drink - making it clearer and improving the flavor.

The retailer will be launching eight new wines next month

The retailer will be launching eight new wines next month

Vegan

But now an increasing number of wine producers are using vegan-friendly filters.

According to Co-op, it has been working with a number of these producers - from across the world - in a bid to improve its offering.

Plant-based filters include substances made from peas and potatoes, as well as carbon and clay.

Momentum

Simon Cairns, category trading manager for Co-op wines, said: "We are anticipating vegan wines to pick up momentum throughout 2018, so our range will be expanding throughout the year and we will continue to challenge suppliers to make wines vegan where they can without affecting the attributes of the liquid."