Restaurants and fast food bars have seen an increase in the number of meals for vegetarian and vegan guests. The largest chains have recently introduced or expanded their offers for vegans and vegetarians.
Restaurants and fast food bars expand offer for vegetarians
Restaurants and fast food bars have seen an increase in the number of meals for vegetarian and vegan guests. The largest chains have recently introduced or expanded their offers for vegans and vegetarians. In November 2019, McDonald’s introduced a non-meat burger (“Burger Drwala Wege”) as part of its “Burger Drwala” seasonal offer in Poland. Burger King had previously introduced a non-meat Rebel Whopper. This sparked controversy, when it was discovered that the plant-based burgers were made on the same grills as those composed of meat. In addition, KFC has had a non-meat sandwich based on Halloumi cheese since May 2019. Furthermore, the Polish chain Bobby Burger has taken a further step: in November 2019 it introduced the first full vegan burger at its 45 restaurants in Poland.
It is worthy of note that grocery stores and other market participants are also expanding their offers for vegans and vegetarians. Zabka, a 6,000-store convenience chain in Poland, is planning to introduce vegan hot-dogs in 2020. Since 2018 vegan hot-dogs have been offered by Orlen’s Stop Cafe points at its petrol stations. Furthermore, in addition to brand products, grocery chains are also broadening their private label ranges by adding products for vegans and vegetarians.
Meanwhile, Warsaw was ranked sixth in the ranking of the most vegan-friendly cities in the world published by HappyCow in November 2019.
According to a PMR survey carried out in January 2019, 15% of a representative group of respondents indicated that they were, at that time, on a special diet, including 1% on a vegan diet