With hundreds of thousands set to try â€˜Veganuaryâ€™ this month, several high street food chains have been stepping up their vegan offering.
Today,Â Greggs launched its highly-anticipated vegan steak bake – and now CaffÃ¨ Nero has become the first coffee shop brand to sell vegan croissants.
As part of its new â€˜Veganeroâ€™ menu, you can buy their â€˜vegan raspberry croissantsâ€™ for Â£1.95 each.
They are made in exactly the same way as the fine butter croissants – including â€œthe same method of folding and restingâ€ to â€œguarantee a traditional flaky and buttery textureâ€.
However, theyâ€™ve swapped out butter for a â€œcombination of natural oils, which give the same textureâ€.
Itâ€™s filled with a â€œtangyâ€ raspberry jam and finished off with a raspberry sugar glaze.
Also on Neroâ€™s new vegan menu are a vegan â€˜sausageâ€™ roll for Â£3.45 – inspired by their port and pancetta sausage roll, which sells at a rate of one every three seconds.
Other lunch options include a vegan â€˜meatballâ€™ panini (Â£4.45) and vegan mushroom, tomato and potato rosti ciabatta (Â£3.95).
For dessert, you can enjoy a vegan salted caramel and chocolate cheesecake (Â£3.10).
Thereâ€™s also a vegan sweetcorn fritter with chutney and coleslaw flatbread (Â£3.95), vegan tomato and basil soup, vegan supergreen soup, vegan porridge, vegan deli sandwich (Â£5.25), as well as salad options.
The new dairy and meat-free range will be available in UK branches from January 8th.
According to a press release, it has been â€œcreated for those looking to reduce their meat consumption, the menu has been launched in response to a growing customer demand for delicious and vegan-friendly options that can be enjoyed at any time of the dayâ€.
Will Stratton-Morris, CEO at Caffe Nero UK, said: â€œWeâ€™re committed to offering our customers more choice and the deliciously good food they deserve, whether that is an indulgent treat that hits the sweet spot or a hearty lunch.
â€œThis menu is not only perfect for those following a vegan diet or purposely trying to reduce their meat intake, in fact, the products are such high quality that you wouldnâ€™t know they were vegan.â€Â
The UKâ€™s largest bakery chain is now selling the much-anticipated product for Â£1.55 to takeaway, or Â£1.85 to eat in.
It will be available in 1,300 stores from today and will hit its remaining 700 shops on 16 January.
A plant-based twist on its famous beef-filled steak bake, the new addition is made with a Quorn filling, along with diced onions and a meat-free gravy.
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