The UK's first vegan business conference comes to London in November

The UK’s first vegan business conference is coming to the London Olympia on the 12th and 13th of November.

Vegan Business Tribe Live will feature 20 speakers over two days, but unlike most business events aimed at the ‘plant-based’ sector, Vegan Business Tribe Live will only feature speakers from businesses that are run and founded by vegans.

The event has been organised by vegan sector experts David Pannell and Lisa Fox, founders of the online business support community ‘Vegan Business Tribe’, which launched just before the 2020 lockdown and has since grown to over 2,000 registered users.

The rise in both vegan businesses and products has seen exponential growth over the past couple of years, due to the huge marketplace of people now willing to try vegan and ‘plant-based’ products even if they don’t identify as being vegan themselves.

Research shows that a staggering 90 per cent of vegan food consumed in the UK is eaten by non-vegans and more than half of UK households have adopted some form of vegan buying behaviour into their daily routines, this might be having meat-free days or picking up oat or soya milk instead of dairy.

The recent covid pandemic has also had an influence on people’s view of vegan products, with one in five people saying they had reduced the amount of meat they were eating since the start of the pandemic in a recent survey by The Vegan Society. And in 2021, research by The Grocer found that 15 per cent of UK consumers had cut dairy from their diet completely with a further 42 per cent reducing their intake.

Vegan Business Tribe founder David Pannell commented: “There have been a lot of high-profile vegan product launches over the last few years, from the Greggs Sausage Roll to the Burger King Plant Based Whopper, that has allowed those who are ‘veg-curious’ their first experience of this new wave of animal-free food in a really familiar way.”

VegfestUK founder Tim Barford said, “Vegan businesses have needed a lot of support over the pandemic and David and Lisa have offered that in spades with their unique brand of enthusiasm and advice.

“They have brought together a stellar line-up of vegan business rockstars for the Vegan Business Tribe stage at VegfestUK. Anyone who has a vegan business, or is thinking about starting one, should be camped out in their area for the whole weekend to learn everything that they can.”

By Mark Adair – Correspondent, Bdaily

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