As we all settle in for the summer, with the long, warm evenings ahead, a barbecue is a great choice for dinner on any given day. With glorious weather expected this weekend, there’s no better excuse to get your family and friends round for a barbecue. Vegan barbecues are also a summer trend this year, according to new information from Mintel in their 2018 Summer Food and Drink Trends.

In the trend report published, they found that 50 per cent of the German population enjoy cooking on a barbecue, and as veganism continues to rise, brands are delivering on the demand for innovative products. As we all know, being vegan is more than eating fruit and veg, and almost daily there are new plant based product launches.

In the report, Mintel write about how new product launches from mainstream supermarkets, such as Sainsbury’s, have contributed to a new way of consumer thinking. Mintel write: “vegan barbecue might not have been a consideration for a meat-eater – until now.” The trend is global, with several countries in Europe reducing their meat consumption as a conscious choice, and the Beyond Burger taking the US by storm. The research firm note that 61 per cent of Spain’s population regularly have meat-free days, followed closely by Germany, where 57 per cent of the population regularly avoid meat. A multitude of concerns have sparked the increase in meat-free days and are accountable for the surge in veganism in recent years.

The barbecue foods you need to try

With so many new products available to try, for those new to a meat-free diet, here’s a few brands to explore to get you started when shopping for a barbecue this summer. There’s no need to compromise on taste with the food that you buy and prepare, and this is guaranteed to please omnivores too!

Fry’s have a great selection of vegan sausages, all of which are delicious when cooked on a barbecue. If Fry’s products don’t take your fancy, try out the sausages from Tofurky, particularly their Italian Original Sausage which are a favourite at PlantBased HQ!

In the last few months there has been a surge in new plant based burger products. Iceland has released a ‘bleeding’ burger and priced at only £2 a pack, they’re perfect to try out. Sainsbury’s are launching a new plant based burger, similar to Iceland’s burger; however, these are going to be stocked in the meat aisle, aiming to get more omnivores to try out vegan options.

To find out more about what to make for your barbecue this summer, make sure you purchase the latest issue of PlantBased magazine, and check out our barbecue special!

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