By Joanna RowntreeThe number of UK vegan food orders has more than doubled in the past year to a new high of 1.7 million, according to the latest official figures.
The UK vegan community has also grown exponentially, with more than 4.3 million vegan and vegetarian households, a new survey shows.
Vegan noodle shops have been popping up in supermarkets and takeaway food stores across the UK, with orders rising by a staggering 80 per cent in just five years.
The number one selling vegan noodle brand, Kettle &Poke, says it has been growing rapidly since launching its first UK store in September last year.
It is now selling almost a million bowls per month.
Kettle &Pake says it is working to increase its vegan options to “support our customers and customers of all ages” as the demand for the noodle continues to grow.
Its founder, Michael Pake, said he wanted to take the opportunity to showcase the new vegan noodles on the supermarket shelves.
“We are happy to be part of the conversation, and have had a big part in the growth of vegan food in the last five years,” he said.
“But I have always felt that this is a food movement that has always been on the rise, and we want to be at the forefront of that.”
Noodles made from plants like hemp and seaweed have been on sale in UK vegan shops since the 1960s.
Vegetarian food is still considered taboo in the United Kingdom, but it is legal to buy veg-free food in some UK cities.
Vegans who can afford to eat vegan are increasingly opting for a healthier option, including vegan meals such as chickpeas and lentils.