Costa Coffee’s food menu has come under fire from the UK’s largest animal rights group, which is calling on it to introduce more vegan options.
Animal Aid claims that Costa is one of the only coffee chains to not offer a vegan lunch option – despite selling a number of vegan sweet treats and biscuits, as well as soya and coconut milk for drinks.
It has written to the company, which is the UK’s largest coffee shop chain with 2,200 branches, urging it to introduce a vegan lunch option in the form of a sandwich, wrap or salad.
A petition has also been launched to encourage Costa Coffee to add some plant-based options to its menu, citing an ever-growing demand for plant-based food and interest in vegan eating.
Costa has invested heavily in evolving its menu in the past 18 months, with the company purchasing a new fleet of Merrychef ovens to launch new hot food ranges and breakfast offers in particular.
But Tod Bradbury, Animal Aid’s vegan outreach campaign manager, said it was time for Costa to “up its vegan game”.
“Costa Coffee is one of the most well-known coffee chains in the UK, and already offers a few very delicious vegan options. However, they are also perhaps the only major coffee chain not to offer a vegan lunch option – despite providing a number of very delicious sweet treats, and coconut and soya milk as dairy alternatives.
“Vegans, like everyone else, enjoy going out with their friends and family and grabbing a bite to eat with their coffee. It is time for Costa to up their vegan game and offer some vegan lunch options.”
According to a survey conducted by The Vegan Society in 2016, the number of vegans in the UK now exceeds 500,000 as more people choose a plant-based diet and reduce their animal product consumption.