After record-breaking temperatures this summer already, Brits have been filling their freezers full of ice-creams so they’re ready with their favourite icy treats the next time a heatwave rolls around. However, it isn’t just dairy ice-creams they’re hoarding, but vegan ones too, as the popularity of these animal-friendly products is soaring.
According to the latest research by Data Bridge Market, the global vegan ice-cream market is expected to grow by 10.80 per cent before 2029, which means the industry will be worth $1,015.15 million (£846.88 million) before the turn of the decade.
The most popular flavours are similar to the favourite dairy flavours, including vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, cookies and cream, mint choco chip, caramel, butter pecan and Neapolitan.
As they are not made from animal milk, the main sources of vegan ice-cream are coconut milk, almond milk, cashew milk and soy milk.
The findings also showed Europe is driving the market, as a large proportion of the population here are changing their lifestyles to become more sustainable and environmentally friendly. Therefore, veganism is quickly growing in popularity in this part of the world.
This can be clearly seen in the UK especially, as the number of vegans in Britain in 2019 (600,000) was four times higher than the number in 2014 (150,000), The Vegan Society reported.
It also revealed nearly half of Brits aged between 16 and 75 are thinking about reducing the amount of animal products they utilise. What’s more, this year saw the highest sign-up figures for Veganuary, with 629,000 people worldwide pledging to give up animal products in January.
Brits are not just ditching bacon sandwiches and steaks, as 56 per cent have changed their buying habits to purchase more cruelty-free toiletries.
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