Tesco expands its vegetarian and vegan food offering this Christmas

Tesco expands its vegetarian and vegan food offering this Christmas

 

Welwyn Garden City, UK, 2017-Dec-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Changing UK diets have prompted Tesco to double its vegetarian and vegan centrepiece festive food offering this year.

And that should be good news for the growing number of people who don’t eat or want to cut down on meat or dairy foods. It also shows customers that however they do Christmas – everyone’s welcome at Tesco.

In the last year demand for vegetarian and vegan food has soared and Tesco is seeing the effect of lifestyle choices like Meat Free Mondays and flexitarian diets with sales of chilled vegetarian ready meals and meat substitutes growing by 25 per cent.

For vegetarians there’s a Portobello Mushroom Wellington made with spinach and bursts of cranberry in rich puff pastry and also a Festive Nut Roast with a mulled wine and cranberry glaze.

And for the first time ever Tesco has two vegan Christmas dinner centrepieces – a sumptuous Turmeric Spiced Cauliflower Wellington and a festive Pecan and Peanut Roast with maple-roasted carrot and parsnip.

Tesco recently announced that chef Derek Sarno would be joining the retailer as director of plant-based innovation, with a focus on helping customers enjoy more plant-based food by putting it centre stage like never before.

Derek is now working with suppliers, farmers and chefs on developing exciting new foods that go on sale over the coming year.

Chef Derek Sarno said:

“These are changing times and vegetable dishes have now become centrepiece heroes in their own right on dinner tables up and down the country.

“We think that our Portobello Mushroom Wellington is so delicious that it may tempt diners to try something different this Christmas.

“This year, Tesco’s Christmas campaign celebrates the many ways we come together at Christmas, and with the quality of vegetarian and vegan food now so good there may even be squabbles across the dinner table over who gets what.”

Tesco has been catering for the increasing amount of vegan customers throughout the year and is offering its biggest ever range of vegan products.

It recently increased its range of dairy free cheeses to nine and among the new additions are a melty red Leicester for cheese on toast, Mozzarella to top pizzas, a jalapeno Cheddar, a blue cheese, and Cheddar.

It has also launched eight new milk free desserts to cater for vegans.

According to a British Social Attitudes report published last year, three in 10 people in Britain (29 per cent) say they have reduced the amount of meat they eat in the past 12 months.

And nearly half (44 per cent) of people either do not eat meat, have reduced the amount of meat they eat or are considering reducing the amount of meat they eat.

Lynne Elliot, Chief Executive, the Vegetarian Society commented:

“With demand for vegetarian and meat-free alternatives rising, it’s great to see supermarkets across the UK like Tesco working hard to keep their customers happy and increasing their vegetarian range.

“Offering customers a better choice is especially welcome at Christmas.”

As part of Tesco’s commitment to increase the amount of vegetables in people’s diets and encourage healthier eating, it has recently pledged to increase the amount of vegetables used in recipes and also offer more vegetable options amongst its ready meal deals.

Notes to editors:

  • Tesco signed up to The Food Foundation’s Peas Please pledge, focused on making it easier for more people to eat more vegetables, in October. More here.

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Source: Tesco

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BJ’s Restaurants includes more nutrient-rich superfoods, vegetarian and gluten-free options to its EnLIGHTened menu

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., 2017-Jan-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. (NASDAQ:BJRI), a first-mover with its EnLIGHTened Entrees®, is now redefining the category to include more nutrient-rich superfoods, vegetarian and gluten-free options. The mission: to ensure the EnLIGHTened menu offers something for everyone.

“There’s been a movement of people wanting to understand what they eat and how it makes them feel. As a result, ‘healthy’ has taken on new meaning,” said Scott Rodriguez, Vice President of Culinary and Kitchen Innovation at BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. “Whether it’s going meatless, avoiding gluten or keeping an eye on calories, we’ve curated menu items to help make those better-for-you choices a little bit easier.”

To test the EnLIGHTened mission, BJ’s turned to Generation Z and selected a group of ruthlessly honest kids to serve as its tasting panel. The diminutive diners were invited to try five BJ’s EnLIGHTened Entrees® and give their feedback on camera.

BJ’s worked with DDB San Francisco to turn the kids’ critiques into an exceptionally cute video series in which the kids try to guess what they are eating. One boy thinks the Peruvian quinoa in the Roasted Chicken and Spinach Quinoa Bowl is “dirt balls” while another makes a strong case that the Cherry Chipotle Glazed Salmon is actually “Megalodon.”

“Their facial expressions, empty plates and candid remarks tell you everything you need to know about our BJ’s EnLIGHTened Entrees®,” added Kevin Mayer, EVP, Chief Marketing Officer of BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. “There really is something for everyone.”

As written in the menu, the EnLIGHTened movement goes beyond cutting calories. “It’s not about taking things out; it’s about putting the right things in,” said Greg Trojan, President and CEO of BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. “We’re committed to transparency that empowers the allergy-conscious, the calorie-conscious, the health-conscious and everyone in between.”

The EnLIGHTened menu includes whole foods and superfoods that are dense in nutrients and loaded with vegetables and grains. Initially introduced in May 2011, the EnLIGHTened menu continues to grow in breadth and popularity. BJ’s offers nearly 20 EnLIGHTened Entrees® along with EnLIGHTened Cocktails® that have fewer than 140 calories. The proprietary BJ’s LightSwitch® Lager—a gold medalist at the highly renowned Great American Beer Festival—is just 100 calories per 12-ounce serving.

With these healthy offerings and more flavorful choices, guests can keep their New Year’s Resolutions while enjoying the BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse® signature quality.

About BJ’s Restaurants, Inc.
BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. currently owns and operates 187 casual dining restaurants under the BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse®, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery®, BJ’s Pizza & Grill® and BJ’s Grill® brand names. BJ’s Restaurants offer an innovative and broad menu featuring award-winning, signature deep-dish pizza complemented with generously portioned salads, appetizers, sandwiches, soups, pastas, entrees and desserts, including the Pizookie® dessert. Quality, flavor, value, moderate prices and sincere service remain distinct attributes of the BJ’s experience.  All restaurants feature BJ’s critically acclaimed proprietary craft beers, which are produced at several of the Company’s Restaurant & Brewery locations, its two brewpubs in Texas and by independent third party craft brewers.

The Company’s restaurants are located in the 24 states of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington. Visit BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. on the Web at http://www.bjsrestaurants.com for locations and additional information.

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BJ’s Restaurants includes more nutrient-rich superfoods, vegetarian and gluten-free options to its EnLIGHTened menu

 

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Taco Bell the first QSR to offer menu items certified by the American Vegetarian Association

Expands on Food for All promise with menu certified by the American Vegetarian Association and millions of customizable veggie combinations

IRVINE, Calif., 2015-10-1 — /EPR Retail News/ — Taco Bell® is now the first QSR to offer menu items certified by the American Vegetarian Association (AVA), the industry’s recognized standard in vegetarian labeling. With more than 6,000 restaurants across the U.S. and a new vegetarian menu category launching today on its mobile ordering app and ta.co – the brand’s new web site – Taco Bell is leading the way when it comes providing easy, accessible vegetarian menu items that don’t compromise on variety or taste.

The latest in Taco Bell’s Food for All journey – focused on providing customers with choice, transparency and simplicity – the new AVA-certified menu takes its commitment to choice a step further, meeting the evolving needs of vegetarians and flexitarians. With roughly a quarter of consumers eating more vegetarian now than in 2013, Taco Bell recognized the opportunity to make access to vegetarian options easier than before.

“At Taco Bell, vegetarians are not an afterthought. We sell more than 350 million vegetarian menu items each year, but until now haven’t been vocal about it,” said Brian Niccol, CEO, Taco Bell Corp. “The recent launch of ta.co which makes customization easy made this the perfect time to move our vegetarian menu from the background to the forefront to further illustrate our commitment to delivering food that fits our customers’ evolving lifestyles.”

Taco Bell’s Vegetarian menu offers 13 AVA-certified menu items – like the 7-Layer Burrito and Cantina Power Veggie Bowl. Customers can also hack the menu with any of the 35 AVA certified vegetarian ingredients (26 of which are also vegan) and substitute beans for meat to create one of millions of different possible veggie-friendly combinations. Just launched this week, the new ta.co allows customers to personalize each order, so ordering meat-free has never been easier or more fun.

“We get it – being a vegetarian can be tough when you go out to eat,” said Niccol. “ We’re proud to treat meat lovers and vegetarians equally – equally delicious, equally craveable and equally affordable.”

Taco Bell continues to evolve the QSR experience with a fresh perspective on menu innovation – food that’s customizable and fits people’s lifestyles, without compromise on taste. In May, Taco Bell announced a commitment to simplifying its food with the removal of all artificial flavors and colors, as well as added trans fat, high fructose corn syrup and unsustainable palm oil bythe end of 2015. Taco Bell also answered customer demand for transparency by updating its website with user-friendly ingredient statements and a new nutrition calculator.

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