The first ever vegan supermarket chain in the world is all set to open in Portland, the largest city in the state of Oregon. Usually in any other supermarket store vegan section would be a smaller department, but not in this case. An entire supermarket is fully loaded with fresh vegan supplies much to the delight of the vegetarians. The supermarket named as Veganz will be operational in this current year itself. Along with a supermarket, Veganz also plans to open a shoe and clothing store and restaurant in Portland.
The parent organization behind the vegan supermarket was founded by former Mercedes-Benz manager Jan Bredack in February 2011 in Berlin, Germany. Himself an vegan,Bredack found bountiful vegan options during his travels around the U.S. and Russia, German news site The Local reported. This inspired him to think of a fully vegan supermarket.
Ever since Bredack became a vegan in 2009, he found it difficult to“shop normally” in regular supermarket, because most of them had over 1500 types of meat products. The thought of giving vegans an option to buy with ease, idealised the vegan supermarket concept. “It should be really simple,” he told The Local. “People shouldn’t have to cut out anything.” He claims that the supermarket will be appealing to omnivores as well, but more than 80 percent of his buyers are expected to be vegetarians.
Veganz’s first branch in the UK will offer more than 6,000 vegan products, the site reports. Apart from this, it is expected to have ten more stores crosswise Europe including Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, Essen, Cologne, Prague and Vienna. Veganz imports goods from 30 countries worldwide and sells thousands of vegan products, including plant milk and cream, fake meats and fish, vegan ice creams, vegan cheeses and sweets, as well as toiletries and cosmetics.