The Leading News & Information Service For The Facilities, Workplace & Built Environment Community

Veganuary - Planting The Seed Of Plant-Based Diets

Vegan cookbook
03 January 2020

As many people turn to healthy eating regimes in the New Year to offset festive indulgences, Sodexo, is giving customers a helping hand by encouraging the uptake of plant-based meals throughout ‘Veganuary’.

Sodexo has partnered with Veganuary, the non-profit organisation that encourages people to try vegan during the month of January, in response to the growing number of consumers who are reducing their meat consumption or adopting a fully plant-based diet.

Sodexo sites across many sectors and industries in the UK and Ireland, including schools, government offices, hospitals and corporate sites, will boost their daily offers with additional plant-based dishes available throughout January and beyond.


Future 50

Some of the dishes will feature ingredients from the Future 50 Foods - those identified by environmental charity WWF and Knorr as being the most sustainable for the planet. In 2019, Sodexo chefs worked with Knorr and WWF to develop a number of recipes featuring some of the ingredients, such as green lentil risotto with amaranth and cauliflower and mushroom, puy lentil and spinach korma.

The menus will also feature every day favourites with a vegan twist, such as ‘tofush and chips’ and ‘fake and ale pie’.

David Mulcahy, Sodexo’s culinary ambassador, said: “We know that there are growing numbers of people turning to plant-based diets to improve their health and reduce their impact on the environment. We also know from our own Global Workplace Study that 80% of employees think having access to vegetarian, vegan and pescatarian options in the workplace is important.

“We are increasingly adding plant-based meals to our offers. Veganuary is the perfect opportunity to shine a light on them to bring them to the attention of people who might not otherwise try them.

“We’ve created exciting menus that feature dishes that people might usually associate with meat to help make plant-based foods more accessible to a wide range of our customers. We hope that this will encourage customers to introduce more vegan foods in their diets beyond their new year health kick.”



Toni Vernelli, Head of Communications at Veganuary added: “We know from our participant surveys that most people want to eat more plant-based foods to help reduce their environmental impact but often do not know what options are available or are hesitant to try unfamiliar foods.

“That’s why it is so important that major food service providers like Sodexo embrace Veganuary and use it as an opportunity to showcase their existing vegan options and introduce new ones that look and taste similar to traditional meat dishes.”



Later this month, a number of Sodexo chefs and their colleagues will meet with WWF and The Humane Society at an event to discuss veganism and the rise in popularity of flexitarianism.

The chefs will also meet innovative suppliers and producers of plant-based food and beverages to gain inspiration to further develop plant-based menus.

Picture: Veganuary have produced the 2020 edition of the Celebrity Vegan Cookbook.

Article written by Cathryn Ellis | Published 03 January 2020


Related Articles

Contract Caterer Fooditude to Feature in Google’s Sustainability Training

Fooditude, a London-based contract caterer, is to be featured in sustainability training developed by Google and The Planet Mark, for the UK Government’s Together...

 Read Full Article
Eurest Awarded Royal Mail Contract

Eurest, the workplace division of Compass Group UK and Ireland, has been awarded a contract by Royal Mail to deliver services, including catering, across nearly...

 Read Full Article
Mitie Launches Low Carbon Menu for NHS Hospitals

Mitie and apetito are collaborating to cut carbon from the menu at St. George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. This is Mitie's first low...

 Read Full Article
FM Companies Show Commitment to Food Waste Action Week

Companies such as Sodexo, ISS and Compass Group have all joined the campaign to halve food waste by 2030. Around a third of the food we produce worldwide is lost or...

 Read Full Article
Sodexo Acquires Majority Shareholding in Fooditude

Sodexo has today announced it has taken a majority shareholding in Fooditude, the London-based delivered-in office food services provider.  This represents a...

 Read Full Article
Vending Machines – The Future of Post-COVID Catering?

The whole dynamic of workplace catering has been disrupted by COVID-19, so are vending machines the answer? Aside from the new logistical issues that face workplace...

 Read Full Article
Sodexo Extends Catering Contract at Solent University, Southampton

Sodexo has extended its partnership with Solent University, Southampton following a re-tender of the catering and hospitality services contract. The five-year contract...

 Read Full Article
The Lunch Bunch – Chef Pair Take SCOTYs

Two Atalian Servest chefs have each won regional School Chef of the Year (SCOTY) awards in the West Midlands and the South West. The pair work in Atalian's...

 Read Full Article
Tax Demands Transformation Starting With Soft FM

HM Revenue and Customs has awarded contracts for soft FM services including cleaning, waste, porterage, meeting room management, mail and food services worth £15...

 Read Full Article
Ink On Paper As Contracts Take Off

2019 started off very slowly but in the second week back there has been a flurry of new contracts signed including B38 winning Ink Global and Sodexo flying high at...

 Read Full Article