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August 2, 2018

New campaign by Vegan Society targets trains to improve vegan catering

A new campaign by UK-based charity The Vegan Society has targeted train companies to improve catering for vegans.

A new campaign by UK-based charity The Vegan Society has targeted train companies to improve catering for vegans.

Starting this year, the organisation is encouraging its supporters to ask rail companies for vegan food and drink options aboard trains as part of its Vegan on the Go campaign.

The organisation has already approached companies such as East Midlands Trains, Transpennine Express and Great Western Railway with email templates and tweets.

The Vegan Society policy and research campaigns head Louise Davies said: “Our survey last year found out that 80% of vegans often go hungry onboard trains.

“We’re more than happy to offer advice and resources to companies wishing to improve their vegan offering.”

“We would like more options than a packet of ready salted crisps on a long journey and would love for train companies to hop on board and help us to make vegan travel plain sailing.

“We’d love to see at least one savoury and one sweet vegan food option, as well as plant milk being offered on-board trains, and we’re more than happy to offer advice and resources to companies wishing to improve their vegan offering.”

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In addition, the organisation launched an earlier phase of the Vegan on the Go campaign targeting high street retailers to improve their ready-made vegan options.

According to the charity, the number of vegans in the UK has doubled twice in the past four years from 150,000 in 2014 to 276,000 in 2016, followed by 600,000 this year.

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