Aryzta expands vegan cake range

With World Vegan Day (on 1 November) fast approaching, and outreach events like Veganuary gathering pace with every year, Aryzta Food Solutions is unveiling two indulgent vegan bakes, helping caterers take the hard work out of harnessing a market in serious growth.

The new Lemon, Chia Seed & Pistachio and Chocolate Cookie Loaf Cakes, respectively, have been created by Aryzta's development chefs to help outlets cater for the growing number of vegan consumers – veganism in the UK has increased by 350% in the last decade* – alongside so-called flexitarians; those actively looking to drastically reduce their intake of animal products.

With the movement now going mainstream, caterers can use these innovative and indulgent bakes to take their rightful slice.

The Lemon, Chia Seed & Pistachio Loaf Cake has a moist lemon sponge with added chia seeds, which are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, fibre, antioxidants, iron, and calcium. This is sandwiched with mixed fruit jam and lemon filling, decorated with a tangy lemon icing and finished with chopped pistachio nuts.

For a more indulgent option, Aryzta’s Chocolate Cookie Loaf Cake has a rich cocoa sponge sandwiched together with thick vanilla frosting and topped with frosting and cookie crumbs.

Paul Maxwell, Aryzta's Trade Marketing Manager, said that with the advent of these innovative cakes, those who fear vegan baking might suffer from a lack of flavour impact need to reconsider everything they thought they knew.

Maxwell said, “These vegan loaf cakes represent absolute zero compromise on taste, texture and enjoyment. From the rise in prominence of ‘meat-free Monday’ to the unbridled success of Veganuary - 168,000 people took part, with 62% remaining vegan after the month’s end - 2018 has been the year of veganism.

'In 2019 we predict that plant-based diets will play an ever bigger role; there are now an estimated 3.5 million vegans in the UK^ and rising, many of whom will be looking for viable bakery options when eating out. We’re working to ensure caterers can take a share.”

Both cakes are supplied frozen in units of two per case. Crucially, they are provided unsliced helping caterers serve up bespoke portion sizes, depending on the day part and occasion.

Aryzta is set to further grow its range of vegan bakery with the launch of four unique savouries set to land soon. These join the company's existing vegan range including croissants and cakes.