Vegans rejoice as Co-Op introduces plant-based sausage and beans

Vegans rejoice as Co-op introduces tinned sausage and beans to its plant-based range (but a can costs 60p more than the meat version)

  • Co-op is introducing cans of plant-based sausages and beans to its UK stores
  • Vegansare  delighted with the news and can’t wait to buy the £1.60 400g cans
  • They were created by VBites, owned by Heather Mills and co-operative Suma 
  • Paul McCartney’s ex-wife said had fantasied about vegan sausages and beans 

Vegans were rejoicing last night after the Co-op announced it is to introduce a plant-based version of the classic sausage and beans.

The supermarket has begun selling a vegan version of the childhood tinned camping staple.

It features baked beans mixed with six fake Lincolnshire sausages, made with herbs and spices, and costs £1.60 for 400g.

That is 60p more than meat-lovers pay for a Heinz can of pork sausages and beans at most supermarkets.

C-op is debuting plant-based cans of sausage and beans and their vegan customers are delighted with the initative

The can cost £1.60 for 400g, 60p more than the cans of regular beans, but customers can’t wait to try it 

Customers have expressed their excitement on Facebook and praised the supermaket for the initative

The product was created by VBites, owned by Paul McCartney’s former wife Heather Mills, and Suma, a vegetarian co-operative.

Ms Mills said: ‘As a kid from a working-class family we loved sausage and beans but only had enough money to buy in a tin.

‘One of my fantasies was to have vegan sausages and beans, and we at VBites and Suma are doing that now with our canned product.’

The 51-year-old added it’s ‘great when I’m on the road’ and revealed she even eats them out of the can.

Another Facebook users said it was getting easier to access vegan options and added the vegan sausage and beans tasted better than the one containing animal meat

The sausage were created by Vbites, a company owned by Heather Mills, Paul McCartney’s ex wife (pictured in London in November 2018)

Vegans praised Ms Mills on Facebook for the new offering.

Clare Allsopp said: ‘Those sausage and beans taste better than the ones we had as kids. Even better that they don’t contain animal bits.’

Rudi Reeves wrote: ‘Amaaazing! Can’t wait to try it.’

The canned sausage treat – made mainly of haricot beans – is the latest in the line of vegan alternatives.

The Vegan Society’s Dominika Piasecka said she was delighted to hear about the dish ‘as it’s such a staple for many people’s diets and a convenient way to prepare a quick meal.’

She said: ‘As more customers learn about the ethical, environmental and health benefits of the vegan lifestyle, many businesses have been reacting positively by introducing vegan options.

‘Vegan food is not exclusively for vegans. In fact, it’s suitable for most diets and religions, and often constitutes a safe food option for all, making clear commercial sense.’

KFC is reportedly developing a vegan chicken burger that could be rolled out in its UK restaurants 

Rachel Greenlees, Co-op buyer, said: ‘This convenient vegan product is already proving popular with our customers.

‘It’s simple comfort food and a great addition to our vegan offering.’

The demand for plant-based alternative is growing and every supermarkets are banking on the vegan lifestyle.  

Meanwhile KFC, rooster of all things chicken-based are reportedly working on a vegan chicken burger that could be rolled out soon. 

BBC One TV host Nisha Katona revealed the news on 3 May after she visited the KFC headquarters and tried the vegan option. 

However, it’s unlikely the dish will be available anytime soon, as it is only in its early stages of development. 

KFC restaurants in Vietnam and Canada already serve vegan options, which debuted in 2018, so you know where to g if you can’t wait for a vegan version of fast-food staples. 

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