The retail giant revealed that it's seen a 65 percent increase in sales of plant-based products year-on-year, and an 82 percent increase in customers searching for vegan products online.
As a result, the store has launched a trial - creating a new meat-alternative section in its meat, fish, and poultry aisle across 20 stores nationwide. The products in the new section include Sainsbury's Love Veg! Vegan Chorizo Shroomdogs, Sainsbury's Love Veg! Jackfruit Quarter Pounders, Vivera Veggie Fish Burgers, and Fry's Vegan Smoked Hot Dogs.
The 26 meat alternatives were moved from their regular meat-free location within the ready meals aisle, to the new section within meat, fish, and poultry during the trial period, in 20 stores on January 27.
"We're seeing increasing demand for plant-based products, and with the unstoppable rise of 'flexitarianism' in the UK, we are exploring further ways to make popular meat-free options more accessible," Rosie Bambaji, plant-based buyer at Sainsbury's, said in a statement.
"We hope that this trial will make our customer’s shopping experience even more seamless, and we’re looking forward to hearing their feedback."
The new move follows a trial launched by Sainsbury's last year, when it became the first major UK retailer to sell vegan meat next to animal meat, launching burgers and mince from Naturli' Foods.
Speaking about the launch, James Hamilton, Meat-Free and Ready Meals Buyer at Sainsbury's, spoke about how more people are opting for meat-free.
"We are seeing an increasing interest from our customers in plant-based foods, with sales of our current meat-free range growing 20 percent each week," he said. "We're always exploring new ways to offer even greater choice, quality and value and our new Naturli' mince and burgers are a brilliant example."
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are prepared in the author's capacity and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Plant Based News itself.Reuse this content
Maria is the Editor of Plant Based News. A former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers. She was previously the editor of Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle. You can follow her on Twitter @MariaChiorando and Instagram @mariachiorando.
Since you're here...
Plant Based News is a FREE service that receives millions of views each week on Youtube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, our weekly newsletter and this website. This takes a lot of our personal time, money and hard work. But we do it because we KNOW it makes a difference. If those following our reporting helped by contributing, we could do even more. Please consider supporting us so we can create further awareness about animal rights, environmentalism, ethical consumerism and the plant-based lifestyle. Not a false narrative - but information that empowers people to make better choices.