Brake’s new range of hot pudding desserts – including Syrup Sponge Pudding, Raspberry Jam Pudding and Sticky Toffee Pudding – has been reimagined to be suitable for vegans. The desserts are pre-cut rather than from an individual mould in an attempt to achieve a more rustic, homemade appearance.
The launch followed research by the firm that found that, while consumers increasingly demanded vegan products, they also craved familiar, nostalgic comfort food – a trend that was heavily driven by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Vegan just as good
Matt Lake – Brakes’ senior product development manager, innovation Lead – said that while Brakes recognised the increasing, importance of the vegan sector, first and foremost its products had to be at least as good as traditional alternatives.
“The growth in vegan products has been exponential and it shows no signs of stopping,” he added. “It’s important, particularly in these difficult times, that we help our customers to capitalise on as many opportunities as possible and having a range that exceeds expectations of vegans and non-vegans alike is an important part of that.
‘Struggle eating out’
“We know that 15% of vegans struggle when eating out and one in five miss non-vegan foods. So, this range is perfect addition to the menu, offering desserts that generations of people have loved and now everyone, including vegans, can continue to enjoy.”
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