Ranking of vegan restaurants (ProVeg South Africa)
- ProVeg South Africa ranked local franchises based on their plant-friendly friendliness, and Kauai, Spur and Panarotti occupied the first three places.
- The restaurants were rated out of 15 based on the number of plant-based items they offer on their menu, including main courses, side dishes and desserts.
- Burger King was ranked fourth while other popular restaurants such as McDonald’s came out 7 and Nando 11.
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ProVeg South Africa, an international food awareness organization aiming to reduce meat consumption, ranked South African restaurants based on their vegan friendliness, and Kauai, Spur and Panarottis made it into the top three.
The organization selected 23 local fast food franchises and rated them out of 15 based on the number of plant-based items they have on their respective menus.
The majority of points awarded came from the menu offering – mains, side dishes and dessert – with more emphasis on vegan main courses.
Smaller additional points were awarded for vegan/plant-based labeling – clearly labeled with the word “vegan” or “plant-based”, or the letter V – and the restaurant’s efforts to advertise the their herbal offerings available.
The top six restaurants ranked as the most plant-friendly include Kauai, Spur, Panarottis, Burger King, Simply Asia and Steers, with McDonald’s ranked seventh.
(ProVeg South Africa)
Kauai, known for its healthy and sustainable offerings, rose to number one with a rating of 10.5 out of 15. According to the report, this is because the restaurant offers a “wide selection of options to herbal ingredients in their main courses, side dishes and items classified as desserts (consisting mainly of smoothies).
“This is further supported by the fact that Kauai is making a definite effort to cater to a growing plant-based market with its Veganuary specialties, the implementation of smart plant-based meals, and the general movement towards sustainability. .”
In recent years, Spur has made efforts to include plant-based items on its menu, giving customers more choices than just meat. In second place, the fast-food giant earned an 8.5 out of 15 thanks to its wide variety of plant-based items made with ingredients like soybeans, beans and Beyond Burger patties.
Other meatless dishes on their menu include nachos, chicken cutlets, quesadillas, side vegetables, and salads. The restaurant also ensures that their vegan dishes are not prepared with the same equipment as their meat products.
Spur’s rating, however, came as a surprise given that the food outlet is dominated by meat products, and as one Twitter user put it, it would be rather odd to eat vegan food. in a restaurant that smelled mostly of meat.
im not going to sit on a spur to eat plant based with all the animal meat around me lol
– Sweatband by NaomiOsaka (@Kind_regards__) March 24, 2022
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Panarottis, owned by Spur Corporation, took third place, earning eight out of 15. Through its various Italian-inspired dishes, the fast food outlet also strived to meet the needs of the vegan market.
“Pizza, pasta, and subs have plant-based options, including vegan cheese, ground meat, steak, chicken, and mayonnaise options,” the report said.
The restaurant also offers vegan almond milk waffles allowing customers to enjoy a vegan dessert.
“While still a predominantly meat-based pizza place, they appear to have made sure their menu includes a variety of preferences, including vegan, vegetarian, and allergy sufferers,” the report adds.
Burger King, meanwhile, was ranked fourth in becoming the first fast food chain in Africa to offer vegan meat. Its plant-based menu items include Vegan Royal, Vegan Nuggets and Plant-Based WHOPPER.
Both Royal and Vegan Nuggets are certified by the internationally recognized vegan label, V-label.
“Burger King South Africa is the first restaurant with certified vegan products on its menu and leads the space in ensuring ethical vegan quality checks at all levels of the product cycle (from sourcing to serving) “, says the report.
Other popular restaurants such as McDonald’s were ranked number seven, Nando’s number 11, Chicken Licken number 16 and KFC number 21 because it does not offer any plant-based items.