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Could we see vegan burger chains soon in SA?

The U.S. is seeing a rapid rise in the number of vegan fast food chains. The owner of Next Level Burger, a brand that specialises in plant-based burgers, has announced his intention to reinvent the classic American burger joint by opening 1 000 of branches by 2024. The brand joins the likes of veggie Grill, a vegan fast-casual chain that has more than 30 outlets in that country.

As consumers become more informed on mass-production of meat and animal products, trends like Meat-free Monday, flexitarianism and veganism have taken hold. (One report states that Veganism has increased 500% in the U.S. between 2014 and 2017.)

While Cape Town already has its vegan ‘junk food’ joint, Lekker Vegan (which turns out buckle-busting bites like the iconic gatsbys); other popular spots like Plant and Hungry herbivorevegan waffles at Jessy’s (peanut butter glaze, anyone?); and crazy-good vegan ice cream at Unframed, we have yet to see a totally plant-based chain break out. The clock is surely ticking, though…

Interested in more local restaurants that are doing the right things, especially when it comes to sourcing meat and produce? In November we’ll announce the winner of the Eat Out Woolworths Sustainability Award. Find out more about in this story of lightbulb moments from our recent sustainability workshop.

Find places serving vegan food near you on the new Eat Out app. Download it for free here.  

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