In the past decade, the grocery store landscape has undergone a dramatic transformation. While premade meatless burgers, plant-based meats, and dairy-free options for milks, yogurt, and ice cream were once scarce, thanks to rising consumer demand they have started to take over grocery store aisles. Large-scale grocery store chains such as Whole Foods, Target, and others now have entire shelves and freezers dedicated to their plant-based options — and in one case, a plant-based burger is infiltrating the meat aisle in some grocery stores.
In that light, it’s no wonder why we’re also witnessing what seems to be an increase in the number of grocery stores that only focus on stocking plant-based options. Just last week, one of Switzerland’s largest wholesale and retail companies, Coop Cooperative, opened the first location of their vegetarian and vegan supermarket chain, Karma!
According to VegNews, the shop will feature options for plant-based meats and milks released under their house brand as well as options from other European brands. In addition to that, the supermarket will feature a cafe, grab-and-go options for food, cosmetics, and more.
Karma is joining other completely vegan and vegetarian markets out there, such as Cruelty Free Shop, the world’s largest vegan grocery store, in Australia; GreenBay, London’s first all-vegan grocery store; Food Fight! in Portland, Oregon; as well as Orchard Grocer, Riverdel, andHaymaker’s Corner Store, in NYC.
While grocery stores overall are starting to carry more vegan options, the increase in the number of all-vegan or vegetarian grocery stores is just another sign that the future of food is plant-based!
Lead image source: Karma