Australia: Sales of vegan ice cream have “gone through the roof”
Gold Coast Bulletin has noted the increase in demand for vegan ice cream in the Gold Coast–especially throughout 7-Eleven stores across the city.
The increase in demand is no surprise for Leah Dumo-Heron, co-owner of vegan ice cream company CocoLuscious, who states that in the past few months, the sales of vegan ice cream have “gone through the roof.” She adds:
“They say one of the biggest trends in food is plant-based eating, it’s the biggest growth in food at the moment. And coconut products are growing 30 per cent year on year. As we get older our ability to process lactose gets less and less. That’s also driving the market, that’s why we got involved.”
The article adds that 7-Eleven stores across the Gold Coast “are the latest businesses to stock vegan ice cream,” including Ben & Jerry’s dairy-free range.
Last year, research by market intelligence agency Mintel revealed that over the past few years “the number of veggie and vegan foods available in Australia has soared,” and that “between 2014 and 2016 there was a 92% increase in the number of food products launched in Australia carrying a vegan claim.”