ProVeg South Africa recently assessed the plant-based offerings available at South Africa’s top fast-food franchise restaurants for the period ending February of 2022. In total, 23 fast-food franchise restaurants were assessed based on varied criteria, centred largely around the number of plant-based items available on their menus.
Ultimately, the findings of the report suggest that the South African fast-food industry has made some strides in the plant-based space, but there is room for improvement to ensure South Africa keeps up with surging customer demand for kinder, healthier and more sustainable options. Big fast-food names in South Africa need to rapidly adapt to the change their international counterparts are waking up to, or potentially miss out on the emergence of independent brands which could take advantage of the increasing demand for more plant-based options.
“While the ranking report highlights a few franchises that do have good plant-based options, the biggest take-away should be the numerous opportunities available to those franchises that don’t have any, as well as opportunities for local food manufacturers who can supply the franchises with these plant-based alternatives.”
Director, ProVeg South Africa