Have you ever encountered someone who was on a Vegan diet, or who preferred to buy only Vegan-made products? Veganism is defined by The Vegan Society as, “a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.” It’s a lifestyle choice that millions of Americans take seriously, and therefore expect stores to supply products that are made in a Vegan-friendly way.
So what should you know about vegans, veganism, and its benefits to your customers?
1. Vegan Products Are Animal-Friendly
This one should be a no-brainer, even for those with limited knowledge of vegan products, due to the fact that vegans refrain from any and all animal products, even dairy and eggs. If you care about the treatment of animals, which many of your customers surely do, then you might want to consider supplying people with vegan-friendly options. To be clear, this does not simply mean selling vegan foods; vegan products can also extend to apparel, toys, jewelry, and more.
2. Veganism Is Practiced By A Large Portion of the US Population
It’s estimated that around 15 million residents of the United States are vegetarian, and half of those vegetarians are vegans. That makes the total population of vegans in the U.S. around 7.5 million. Although that’s only a small percentage of the total U.S. population, it’s a continuously growing number of people. Many of these people refuse to buy from businesses that don’t supply some sort of vegan option in their store. Whether you’re a grocery store or a retail store, consider adding some vegan options into your inventory. And, if you’re really looking to go all out, consider switching to a vegan-only business model.
3. Linked To Many Health Benefits
Although veganism isn’t the healthiest diet a person can go on, it does offer a number of health benefits due to its restrictions. For example, since vegan diets eliminate animal meat, and meat is often associated with saturated fats and high cholesterol, vegan diets help to greatly reduce the risk of heart disease. In addition, most vegan diets require you to replace animal products with vegetables (much like a vegetarian diet) therefore adding some much-needed vitamins and minerals into a person’s diet. Vegan diets can also aid in reducing chronic diseases, such as diabetes type 2, and cancer. Your customers care about their health, and you might want to consider this point when deciding whether to supply them with vegan products.
4. Profitable For Businesses
You’re a business owner (or, at least, someone who is hoping to enter the business world), so you know how important profit is for business. In fact, a recent study shows that the market for plant-based, vegan meat substitutes will reach $5.17 billion by the year 2020. That’s a huge amount of potential profit for curious vegan-friendly adopters. If you’re looking to bust into the vegan market, consider starting small with a few vegan-friendly options, and then, if you see it working for your business, add more vegan options later.
If you’re looking for more info on vegan products and vegan wholesalers, FGmarket has you covered. We’ve got a fantastic selection of vegan vendors who would love to pursue a partnership with you.