There has been an almost fourfold increase in orders of vegan takeaway food in the last three years, new research commissioned by the British Takeaway Campaign (BTC) has revealed.
The research showed that since 2016, there has been a 388% rise in plant-based food ordered from takeaways in the UK.
In addition, the report showed that the same period had seen orders of vegetarian food increase by 136 percent, with the data highlighting that consumers are increasingly moving towards healthier and more sustainable options.
The research, carried out by Retail Economics, found that overall consumer spending on takeaways has increased by 18 per cent to £12.5bn in 2018, from £10.6bn in 2015, with the sector growing at roughly twice the rate of the overall economy.
That growth is also expected to continue into the next decade, with £15bn forecast to be spent by 2023.
Ibrahim Dogus, Chair of the BTC, said, “The takeaway sector has firmly established itself as an engine room of the UK economy – providing growth, jobs and opportunities for entrepreneurs to start up their own thriving businesses.
“And as people look for healthier and more diverse eating options, they aren’t turning away from takeaways – they are turning towards them.”