Shopping guide

Vegan food shopping has never been easier and a surprising range of food products and brands are 'accidentally' vegan! It can be a fun adventure to find and try new foods. You’ll need to learn how to read product labels, but with a little practice you soon get used to it. Please ask us for help if you need it and connect with our social media channels where we regularly post about new (and existing) vegan foods and where to find them! Twitter. Facebook. Instagram.

NB: We advocate purchasing veganic / organic goods wherever availability and budget allows, as these farming systems are far kinder to our environment and to all of the wildlife within it.


Supermarket guides:

We’ve asked all of the UK’s leading supermarkets and food stores about their vegan product availability, labeling, logos and listings. We’ll continue working with them and with manufacturers in general to improve the situation and make it easier for us to shop quickly and safely.

ALDI

Aldi do not have their own vegan labeling or logo. However, they provide limited info on a vegan diet here and provide a handy list of vegan products here.

ASDA
Asda do not have their own vegan logo or food list, but they do label products ‘vegetarian’ – so it’s worth checking these for suitability. You can use their online grocery shopping site for info though and searching on ‘vegan’ yields 393 items – which may be helpful. The lovely team of volunteers at Vegan Womble have compiled this unofficial list of vegan products at Asda.

CO-OP
Co-op have their own brand vegan logo and labeling on food and drinks, which makes life a lot easier! They don’t publish a vegan food list online, but they tell us that you can contact them for an up-to-date spreadsheet if you wish.

FARMFOODS
Farmfoods do not have their own vegan labeling, logo or food list. However, they tell us that if you require info about a specific product they are more than happy to help. Call on 0121 700 760 or use their contact form.

ICELAND
Iceland do not have their own vegan labeling, logo or food list. An online search using ‘vegetarian’ yields some results. However, obviously they do stock a range of vegan products – especially frozen veg! Please read ingredient lists carefully.

LIDL
Lidl do not have their own vegan logo or food list. However, they do stock a good range of vegan products and sometimes label them ‘suitable for vegans’. Please read ingredient lists carefully.

M&S
M&S have their own brand vegan labeling. They provide info on a vegan diet here and provide a handy list of vegan products here.

MORRISONS
Morrisons do not have their own vegan labeling, logo or food list. They seem to label everything vegetarian and you need to do the rest of the research. However, the search function on their website is good and ‘vegan’ yields 1346 product results. Once again, the lovely team of volunteers at Vegan Womble have compiled an unofficial list of vegan products at Morrisons.

NISA
Nisa do not have their own vegan labeling or logo. However they do offer a list of Heritage products that are suitable for vegans. You can contact them here for this list.

OCADO
Ocado is an online supermarket and their search function makes it easy to shop vegan. Simply add ‘vegan’ to the main search field and it yields nearly 1,000 results for foods and products. Remember that other products may be vegan as well though – so always good to check.

SAINSBURY’S
Sainsbury’s online shopping ‘vegan’ search yields a whopping 2,246 products and is the best way to discover their current offering. They also have their own brand vegan logo and labeling on food and drinks, which makes life a lot easier – although some of their products labeled vegetarian are suitable for vegans – so it’s always worth checking the ingredients lists! They publish a vegan food list online every month, which you can access here.

TESCO
Tesco online shopping ‘vegan’ search only yields 165 items but you can get better results with the filters such as ‘dairy alternatives’ (65) on the left hand side. They do have their own brand vegan logo and labeling on food and drinks though, which makes life easier – although some of their products labeled vegetarian are suitable for vegans – so it’s always worth checking the ingredients lists! They also publish a vegan food list every 3 months – but it’s only available by contacting customer services on 0800 505555 or by email.

WAITROSE
Waitrose online grocery shopping search is probably the best way to see their current offering (select ‘free from and specialist eating’ then ‘vegan’). They do not have their own brand vegan logo and instead they tend to label everything vegetarian and therefore if you’re in a shop the rest of the research is down to you. However they do offer some info on vegan diets here and also provide a regularly updated list of own brand products suitable for vegans here.

WHOLEFOODS
Wholefoods now has on online shop – but their ‘vegan’ search yields a disappointing 69 results, so you’d need to check other products one by one. They don’t have a list of vegan foods and instead refer you to reading the ingredients lists on the labels. However, they have advised that they’re happy to do personal store ‘tours’ highlighting the vegan goods they have!

 


 

Vegan logos and labels that help you shop with confidence:

Supermarket own brand

Some supermarkets have their own way of labeling products vegan. Always check the packaging. This logo is from Sainsbury's.

Vegan Society trademark logo

Available through the Vegan Society Trademark Registration scheme and found on many foods and products worldwide.

Plamil vegan trademark logo

This logo can be found on many foods - usually made by smaller independent food manufacturers.

Helpful apps and websites for food ingredient research:

Is It Vegan? App.

An extensive animal ingredients list, courtesy of PETA.

A comprehensive list of animal derived ingredients from Michaelbluejay.com

Wikipedia is a great site for searching on ingredients that you’re unsure of.

A useful list of animal derived ingredients found in food, by Vegan Easy.

Answers to some common questions from the Vegetarian Resource Group.