Vegan takeaway orders in the UK have significantly increased among consumers, according to a report by the British Takeaway Campaign (BTC).
According to the BTC, an umbrella group launched by Just Eat in 2017, the ‘Cooking up Growth, Serving up Talent’ report found that between 2016 and 2018 vegan orders increased by 388%.
With consumer demand for vegan, vegetarian and healthy options increasing, 90% of takeaway restaurants now offer vegetarian options and more than half cater to gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan customers.
The report found that changes in consumer trends are leading to healthier options. Over a third of takeaway restaurants give customers calorie and nutritional information, with 73% of takeaway restaurants offering a choice on portion sizes and 50% offering low-salt options.
Village Pizza franchise co-owner Katy Habiban in London said: “We are constantly looking for ways to reduce the sugar and salt in our meals and have signed up to healthy catering commitments with our local councils to work with them on the best ways to do this.”
Meanwhile the sector has seen significant growth, with total consumer spending on takeaways rising from £10.6bn in 2015 to £12.5bn in 2018. Meanwhile, the number of dedicated takeaways has risen from 30,189 in 2015 to 37,732 in 2018.
The use of technology has been vital to the growth of the sector with new and innovative ideas for small, independent takeaway’s seeing, among other developments, nearly 35,000 takeaways and restaurants now using online apps.
BTC chair Ibrahim Dogus said: “Over the last three years the takeaway sector has transformed. Go back twenty years or so and the choice of food-to-go on the local high street was typically limited to just a few cuisines – an Indian curry, an Italian pizza, a Chinese chow mein, an American burger or some fish-n-chips.
“Now over 100 cuisines are available at a click of a button- from Japanese sushi or Kurdish kebabs to Lebanese mezze and Ghanian jollof rice, so many UK towns and cities have food from all corners of the world available on their doorstep.”