News

Vegan Meatballs Pave the Way for Standalone IKEA Café

IKEA's newest food offerings—such as the vegan version of its Swedish meatballs—have helped to increased sales at the furniture company to $1.8 billion last year.

International furniture company IKEA is looking to further capitalize on the popularity of its food offerings. According to media outlet Curbed, the introduction of new food items—including a vegan version of its famed Swedish meatballs—has driven the company’s sales up from $1.5 billion in 2013 to $1.8 billion in 2016, with 30 percent of customers currently visiting IKEA for the in-store restaurant alone. As such, IKEA is considering launching more food-focused ventures such as a standalone café and has recently tested several food pop-up shops in Europe. “I hope in a few years our customers will be saying, ‘IKEA is a great place to eat—and, by the way, they also sell some furniture,” IKEA’s Managing Director Michael La Cour said. Last summer, IKEA launched its #TogetherWeEat campaign in which a food truck traveled across country to promote the furniture giant’s food offerings (including vegan meatballs). IKEA began offering vegan meatballs, with a vegan sweet potato-based sauce, in early 2015 after coalescing to pressure from animal-rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals to expand its plant-based food options.

More News

James Cameron Invests in Vegan Protein Facility

The famed filmmaker is helping the shift toward plant-based protein by funding the world's largest organic pea protein-processing facility.
Read More »

Beyond Burger Debuts at TGI Fridays

Vegan brand Beyond Meat announces its largest retail partnership to date with the launch of its plant-based patty at participating TGI Fridays in the greater Boston area.
Read More »

Colorado Beef Ranch Turns into Vegan Animal Sanctuary

The Surf and Turf Animal Sanctuary now protects animals that were previously destined to be killed after ranch owners adopt a cruelty-free lifestyle.
Read More »

Vegan Rock Star is Face of Lululemon's Men's Campaign

The revered yoga apparel company's new Strength to Be campaign—focused on redefining the meaning of masculinity—features adamant vegan and punk rocker John Joseph.
Read More »

Pizza Hut Launches Vegan Cheese

The international pizza chain adds Violife vegan cheese to five UK locations to gauge consumer interest.
Read More »

This Week on VegNews TV: The secret to these delightful sweet treats is white beans! Aylin Erman shows you how to make these simple blondies.

More Videos »