Vegan Options Now Provided By 7 Out Of UK's 12 Train Companies

The growing availability of plant-based food follows a major campaign throughout this year by leading charity The Vegan Society
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Seven of the UK's 12 major rail companies now offer vegan options onboard their trains following a campaign by a leading charity.

Just two of the companies offered plant-based options at the beginning of 2018, when The Vegan Society launched the phase of its Vegan on the Go campaign aimed at rail transport.

As a result of the campaign, Virgin Trains, East Midlands Trains, Greater Anglia, Grand Central, Crosscountry, Great Western Railway, and Hull Trains all now provide vegan options.

According to The Vegan Society, it is now targeting five more train companies and hoping to work with them on improving the vegan menus in the New Year.

Vegan food and drink

"We are very pleased to see so many train companies make positive changes to their vegan food and drink offering," Elena Orde, Communications and Campaigns Officer at The Vegan Society, said in a statement sent to Plant Based News.

"These businesses are showing the way the market is going – vegans need to be catered for, and those who fail to recognize this risk missing out on a growing segment of the market.

"Vegan food options are inclusive of most dietary requirements and often promote sustainability. We're looking forward to working with more businesses on this."

In 2019, The Vegan Society will turn its attention to vegan food on-board planes, and says it 'looks forward to seeing similar successes in this field'.

Train or plane companies wishing to request more information or assistance in providing vegan options can email

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