Greater Anglia introduces new Vegan range at the buffet car, and sees sales soar

Friday, 19 October 2018

A new vegan food range available on Greater Anglia trains is delighting rail passengers.

The train operator has introduced a vegan sandwich, chocolate and orange cake and flapjack at the buffet car on its Norwich – London Intercity services.

One happy customer tweeted the company to say “Fantastic to see Greater Anglia has at least 3 Vegan options in the café bar on the Norwich to London line.”

The range has gone down well with customers, prompting the company to investigate more vegan alternatives.

Michael Wyatt, Greater Anglia’s Business Manager, On Board Catering said, “Veganism is growing rapidly in the UK and East Anglia is no exception.

“Therefore, we felt it was important to offer Vegan options on board our trains, and they are going down a treat.

“Even if you’re not a Vegan I encourage you to try them - we’ve sourced some great products which are really delicious.”

Dominika Piasecka, spokesperson for The Vegan Society, said: “The number of vegans in Britain has quadrupled in the last four years but some of us still find ourselves stuck in a three-hour train journey with just a packet of ready salted crisps.

“This is what sparked our Vegan on the Go campaign that encourages train companies to offer vegan options, and we are delighted that Greater Anglia are launching their exciting range of vegan products.

“Vegan food is inclusive as it constitutes a safe dietary option for most, as well as being a sustainable and animal-friendly choice.”

Did you know?

  • Demand for meat-free food increased by 987% in 2017 and going vegan was predicted to be the biggest food trend in 2018.
  • Food accounts for about 20% of greenhouse emissions.
  • Cutting out meat and dairy could reduce an individual's carbon footprint from food by up to 73%.
  • While train travel is a more environmentally friendly way to travel, Greater Anglia is committed to reducing its carbon footprint further still through initiatives such as installing LED lighting and free electric car charging points at stations and recycling food and other waste.

    It is also cutting plastic waste thanks to the installation of free water fountains Ipswich, Colchester and Cambridge which have already saved over 10,000 single-use plastic bottles from being thrown away.