Eating out as a vegan in the UK just got easier thanks to the award-winning app, vanilla bean, that helps you find vegan food in restaurants.
More than 500’000 Britons follow a vegan diet, but, as any vegan will tell you, when one is on the go, it is not easy to find reliable places to eat that serve up tasty vegan offerings. Combined with the rapidly increasing number of people with food intolerances, the search for a suitable restaurant is becoming more and more difficult. The free-to-use app vanilla bean (www.vanilla-bean.com) is about to solve that problem. Featured by Apple in Best New Apps, it is the first restaurant guide that specialises in the specific needs of eco- and health-conscious users. The app makes it easier for diners to find special dietary requirement food on the go and has more than 1,800 restaurants in the UK signed up. Crussh, Zizzi, Loungers and Le Pain Quotidien are all among the names that can be found on the app and vanilla bean is hoping to add Pret A Manger in the coming months.
The start-up company, Grünzeug hopes to make their life and everybody interested in a vegan and healthy diet easier with the launch of vanilla bean. The restaurant guide covers more than 1’800 restaurants in England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, featuring the widest selection of vegan restaurants throughout the British Isles. The colourful restaurant indicators (e. g. gluten-free, organic, raw) finally makes the discovery of restaurants easy for people who follow special diets or suffer from intolerances. For example, it is possible to filter only for restaurants that also have gluten-free options and use organic ingredients. In addition, every restaurant has at least one lactose-free offering.
Co-founder Fabian Kreipl explains the motivation behind vanilla bean:
“Many of our biggest global issues can be prevented when eating plant-based more often. Sounds crazy? It is not. The biggest issues of our time are not Donald Trump or Brexit. The more important issues do not get the attention they deserve. We change our climate at a rate that has never happened before. The last consecutive three months were the hottest ever recorded. We have a huge water crisis and a rate of animal extinction that is only comparable to the big mass extinctions in the history of the planet. Much of this has to do with our ways of consumption. The good news is that eating plant-based food more often helps the environment. This helps you to not only stay in shape, but also save CO2, water and landmass that would otherwise be used for livestock; not to mention all the animals that are spared by that. Try it out for yourself. You can start by having a vegan day once a week. It’s a process and every step counts. We are here to facilitate the process for everybody interested in changing their impact on the world.”
vanilla bean is available as a free download on the UK App Store and on Google Play starting today. The launch is accompanied by a video campaign that shows the advantages of a plantbased diet in an entertaining way. You can find the video here: https://youtu.be/ ugFxMxiCiMM