Vegan organisation and educational charity The Vegan Society have started a new campaign to encourage rail companies nationwide to start selling more plant-based food onboard their trains.
Rail companies targeted so far include East Midlands Trains, Transpennine Express and Great Western Railway. All have been sent emails and tweets regarding the matter in the hopes that they will start serving more options for hungry vegans.
Virgin Trains introduced a hot vegan breakfast option in March of this year and offer soya milk with their hot beverages and Eurostar trains also offer vegan options for their premier and premier business class passengers.
However, this is still not good enough as a survey last year conducted by The Vegan Society entitled ‘Vegan on the Go’ discovered that 80% of vegans are still going hungry on-board trains. According to the charity, veganism has doubled twice in the past four years growing to 150,000 in 2014 to 276,000 in 2016, and then to 600,000 in 2018, which proves that there is an increasing demand for vegan food, not just with fully fledged vegans, but those that are curious about plant-based food (for example, flexitarians).
Louise Davies who is Head of Campaigns, Policy and Research at The Vegan Society has spoken out on the matter stating that “We would like more options than a packet of ready salted crisps on a long journey and would love for train companies to hop on board and help us to make vegan travel plain sailing… We’d love to see at least one savoury and one sweet vegan food option as well as plant milk being offered onboard trains, and we’re more than happy to offer advice and resources to companies wishing to improve their vegan offering.”