Holland & Barrett CEO Peter Aldis has announced that the health shop chain is planning to launch vegan only stores in the United Kingdom.
In a recent interview with The Telegraph, CEO of high-street health shop chain Holland & Barret, Peter Aldis, announced that the company have big plans to open all-vegan stores to help Holland & Barrett remain competitive.
Aldis said: “Today there is a trend towards veganism. We are working on a vegan-only store. It is our space and we should be in it. When you do something like that, it is an impossibility for a supermarket to follow.”
Aldis also mentioned that his wife has recently gone vegan thanks to celebrities and vloggers extolling the merits of a vegan lifestyle and diet in the media.
“My wife loved a steak. She loved the type of steak that you walk past a candle. A good vet could bring it back to life.
“And yet, overnight she turned to a vegan diet. She had been listening, and reading, about it from celebrities and internet vloggers. It convinced her to change.
“She now has improved energy and a higher level of focus. The amount of people that are engaging in that lifestyle is rising.”
Earlier this year, Holland & Barrett announced its intentions to remove products from stores that contain krill oil following a report from environmental non-profit Greenpeace that called for a limit on krill fishing in order to protect the Antarctic for a proposed Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary, as well as receiving over 45,000 emails from customers. Aldis also revealed that the health food giant is working hard to remove gelatin from its own-brand products.