Meatless butcher store opens in UK

Meatless butcher store opens in UK

Shop expects good response amid fast-growing demand for vegan foods

Rudy’s Vegan Butcher shop in London sells a wide variety of appealing-looking cuts made of soya and seitan. (Reuters Photo)
Rudy’s Vegan Butcher shop in London sells a wide variety of appealing-looking cuts made of soya and seitan. (Reuters Photo)

LONDON: In a corner of north London, a gleaming new butcher store is preparing to open. The only thing it lacks is meat.

To coincide with World Vegan Day on Sunday, Britain’s first permanent vegan butcher, Rudy’s, is opening, set to sell meat-free versions of traditional products such as “baycon”, “soysage” and “turk’y”.

Demand for vegan products has surged in recent years in Britain, with increasing numbers of people cutting out animal-derived ingredients completely, while others reduce the amount of meat and dairy they consume each week.

“People understand what it is that we’re selling,” co-founder Matthew Foster told Reuters. “It’s all designed to emulate meat. It tastes like meat, it’s got meat-like texture.”

The law firm EMW reported a 128% jump in new trademarks registered for vegan food in the UK last year, with both large corporations and small companies registering such trademarks as vegan ice cream and pastries.

The team behind the new butchers started out in 2017 with a vegan diner and are now looking to offer goods, including whole-dinner kits to be made at home.

The substitutes, set out in the brightly lit shop with white walls and sketches of animals on the walls, are made from soya and seitan.

The surge in demand for alternative food products has recently sparked a debate over whether restaurants and shops should be allowed to label products as “veggie burgers” or “vegan sausages” or whether it can confuse the consumer.

Lawmakers in the European Union ruled earlier in October that banning such terms, as advocated by farmers, would discourage consumers from shifting to more plant-based diets.



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