Coronavirus pandemic sees meat eaters mooo-ving to vegan based diets
New figures from food delivery giant Uber Eats reveal that Poles are putting aside traditional pork chops and opting for more healthy options, with dishes such as vegan kebabs and vegan ramen topping the list of meat-free dishes offered on the platform by participating restaurants.
Since Uber Eats launched in Poland in early 2017, the number of vegan food orders has risen by 500 percent, placing the country second in Europe for veggie on-line ordering, behind the UK.
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has also altered eating trends, with one quarter of Poles deciding to limit meat in their diet.
Numbers from Uber Eats show that as early as March this year, vegan food sales on the delivery platform rose by 31 percent on January’s figures.
The top five vegan meals delivered by Uber Eats in Poland include dishes such as vegan pastrami, vegan kebabs as well as miso vegan ramen.
The announcement comes on the back of a figures published earlier this year by Poland’s Central Statistical Office, which reported that Poles in 2019 on average ate around 2 percent less meat than in the previous year.
Over the past few years the number of vegan restaurants in Poland’s capital Warsaw – as well as in other cities across the country – has rocketed, catering for a more cosmopolitan and eco-conscious clientele.
At the end of 2019, Warsaw placed sixth in a global ranking of vegan-friendly cities by Happy Cow, an online vegan and vegetarian food listing service.
With more and more Poles opting out of meat-based products, not only restaurants are cashing in.
Supermarkets too are catering to new tastes, with many chain stores supplying vegan substitutes for meat dishes.