IKEA has announced that 50% of the main meals served in its restaurants will be vegan by 2025.
The Swedish furniture giant made the announcement during the 2021 United Nations Food Systems Summit pre-event, which brings together key players from science, business, policy, healthcare and academia to respond the urgent need to create healthier, more sustainable and fairer products. food systems.
In addition to offering more vegan options, IKEA will also ensure that 80% of meals are red meat free. Eighty percent of the packaged foods will also be plant-based. An IKEA range and supply spokesperson told LIVEKINDLY that âWe have already made significant progress to have more plant-based dishes and non-red meats in the global range of our restaurants. We know we need to make a lot more progress in terms of a healthier offering in global, regional and market specific offerings. “
From a global perspective, this means âBy primarily adding more plant-based and seafood offerings by examining the components of main meal plates and the ingredients of our packaged foods.“
But IKEA will also assess its offerings regionally and locally to determine what changes it can make and âWhat delicious new products we could offer.“
Vegan food at IKEA
IKEA is already one step ahead of its new sustainability goals. He launched vegan meatballsâwith an even more meaty texture than his classic vegetable-based meatballs, earlier this year. According to IKEA, the new meatballs made from pea protein have a 95% lower carbon footprint than a traditional meatball.
“IKEA wants to make healthy and sustainable choices the most desirable option, for example by showing that plant-based foods can be really delicious.” Lena Pripp-Kovac, director of sustainability at Inter IKEA Group, said in a statement.
IKEA aims to make its herbal options more affordable in order to make sustainable products more attractive to consumers. It’s fashionable vegetarian dog is sold at a lower price than the meat-based version in its restaurants. It also offers dairy-free soft drinks in its European bistros, priced at just â¬ 1. Last year, IKEA United Kingdom even opted out of serving turkey for Christmas in favor of meatless root vegetable tarte tatin and vegan mince pies.
âThe most sustainable choice shouldn’t be a luxury for the few. It should be part of people’s daily life â, Pripp-Kovac continued.
Positive people and planet
In addition to placing a strong emphasis on plant-based foods, IKEA has taken several initiatives to reduce its carbon footprint. It launched its People & Planet Positive initiative in 2012 and aims to significantly reduce carbon emissions across its entire value chain by 2030.
To do this, IKEA has set up several ambitions keeping in mind the sustainable development objectives of the United Nations, in particular by relying on renewable energies, by moving towards a circular economy, by eliminating single use plastic, and by sourcing recycled materials for its furniture. In October, IKEA announced a new buyout initiative used furniture, coinciding with Black Friday in 27 countries.
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