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Singapore’s first vegan online shop, Everyday Vegan, is going to open its first-ever retail storefront as demand for plant-based foods in the city continues to grow. Launching officially on November 1 to coincide with World Vegan Day, the new all-vegan supermarket will offer Singapore residents a range of plant-based products, from meat alternatives to dairy-free substitutes, vegan kitchen staples and snacks.
Swinging its doors open on November 1, Everyday Vegan’s new retail location at the Grandstand Mall will be stocked full of vegan goods, including many of the leading plant-based brands such as Beyond Meat, Gardein, Quorn, Oatly and Mikoyo’s Creamery. The shop will also offer a wide range of pantry staples such as pasta, rice and condiments, as well as convenient vegan ready-meals, snacks, beverages and fresh produce.
Everyday Vegan started as a vegan lifestyle store in 2017, focused on vegan fashion and accessories. We mainly participated in fairs and markets. When the pandemic hit, we saw that there was an immediate rise in demand for vegan groceries.Amanda Teng, Founder of Everyday Vegan
On the day of opening, which coincides with World Vegan Day, the store will be hosting a celebratory event, where guests will be treated to free vegan drinks, cakes and dairy-free ice creams. Tickets for the event will be priced at S$5 (US$3.67), with all proceeds going towards ACRES, a Singapore-based nonprofit focused on animal conservation and wildlife education.
“Everyday Vegan started as a vegan lifestyle store in 2017, focused on vegan fashion and accessories. We mainly participated in fairs and markets. When the pandemic hit, we saw that there was an immediate rise in demand for vegan groceries,” said Amanda Teng, founder of Everyday Vegan.
“We have decided to expand into physical retail and enhance the Everyday Vegan shopping experience. Our customers have also grown to include non-vegans who are looking to lead healthier and cruelty-free lifestyles.”
The expansion of Everyday Vegan’s operations into physical retail is likely to be welcomed by the city’s residents, many of whom have been turning to plant-based alternatives in the past few weeks. The trend has been set off by a chain of events amid the coronavirus pandemic, especially slaughterhouse outbreaks that have set off alarm bells over the safety of meat and the industry’s vulnerable supply chain.
Surveys around the world, including in Hong Kong, have shown a record-breaking shift to plant-based meat alternatives as a result of the coronavirus, triggering what the United Nations has called the biggest global drop in meat consumption seen in decades.
Other vegan grocers have also seen surging sales, prompting them to increase their availability to consumers to meet the demand. For instance, VEDGEco, the world’s first 100% plant-based bulk wholesale shop based in Hawaii, recently started making its delivery services available to every U.S. state.
Lead image courtesy of Everyday Vegan.