Fruits and Vegetables
by Maria Mooney
Categories: Healthy Living, Lifestyle, Vegan
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Jan Bredack wasn’t always a passionate vegan. In 2011, the former meat-lover started the world’s first vegan supermarket chain called “Veganz“. Founded in Berlin, Germany, the business venture has proven successful with plans to open dozens of branches across Europe.

In 2009, Bredack turned to veganism after suffering burn-out from a less than balanced life. After changing his lifestyle and ethical code, he wrote the book “Vegan für alle: Warum wir richtig leben sollten” (Veganism for everyone: Why we should live right) to share his transformation with the masses, but that wasn’t where he stopped.

After several trips abroad, the veggie entrepreneur, exposed to vegan products in other countries, decided to open his first store. Bredack says, “The decision to open a vegan supermarket came from a potpourri of ideas after coming across various vegan products in the US and Russia.” He noted that it was difficult to “shop normally” when one adopts a vegan lifestyle, and he wanted to make the switch to veganism more accessible to everyone.

Get excited, Americans! Bredack plans on taking his vegan chain to the United States soon. In 2016, Veganz will open a vegan shopping center in Portland, Oregon, the U.S. vegan homeland.

Will you be shopping at Veganz?

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VIA The Local

About Maria Mooney

Maria Mooney, MSW, LSW, is a raw vegan licensed social worker, certified holistic health coach, research and editorial assistant at KrisCarr.com and freelance writer. After years of suffering with chronic health conditions, she is healing herself through a plant-based diet, radical self-care and consuming self love, and she wants to teach you how to do the same. She has done it all, including the Gerson Therapy and Hippocrates Health Institute's Life Transformation program. She knows how to make delicious juices, grow wheat grass, sprout anything and everything, create mouth-watering, healthy treats, grow shoots and more! She is also licensed in the mental health field and loves to marry mental health healing with physical healing to teach her clients to be themselves, love themselves and heal themselves. Contact her at MariaMooney.com for a free health consultation today!

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  • Colette

    Come to northern CA! Sacramento/Folsom Veganz PLEASE!

  • AnaCampos

    Come to South Florida.. Double please!

  • NoBrain NoHeadache

    I would love to shop in his market. It would be so much easier knowing everything is Vegan. Come to SoCal.

    • Arlo Toews

      Check out Viva La Vegan Grocery

  • http://beaelliott.blogspot.com/ Bea Elliott

    Central Florida! I’m you’re customer here! ;)

  • Mark Aaron

    yes i will be shopping there.

  • yg

    Please come to Puerto Rico !! we need vegan friendly markets !!!

  • Jonathan Freeman

    Yes, I would shop there but I doubt there will be a market in Southern AZ. But I will be positive and think good attracting vibes.

  • Eric_Jaffa

    I’ll shop there if they open a location near me in Minnesota.

  • Anke Arnold

    Absolutely will I shop there! Come to the US fast, please.

  • Lorrie Paige

    In Portland baby! I love it here so much!!!

    • JAL

      You already have a locally owned vegan market! Suppoer Food Fight!

      • Lorrie Paige

        You assumed I do not, but I already support Food Fight! The more the merrier.

  • DebbieKat

    Please come to the Seattle area! The eastside would be even better for me! :-)

  • Kate

    Hell yeah! Another FL vote here!!

  • animalfreeconsumer

    I think calling it Veganz will repel a lot of Americans who might like the food if they tried it, but have an impression of “vegans” as an eccentric group. I say this as someone who has lived that way for over 30 years. I hate the word, but hope he succeeds.

  • tplvth

    Wow I’m surprised they wouldn’t go to LA first

  • Bremix Remix

    If it weren’t for so many amazing vegans spreading information about veganism and making recipes available then I might not have ever known about veganism! Thank you so much! Every thing counts! The world gave me a door to a new way of life!

  • Larissa

    Come to Brasil, São Paulo!

  • veggiegrrrl

    san francisco has more vegan restaurants than portland but portland has cheaper real estate…..

  • JLA

    If I lived in Portland I would just continue to supper the local vegan grocery store that they already have, Food Fight! has been there for 11 years and they’re great people! Support your LOCAL vegan grocery if you have one!

    • Emeric

      The more vegan options the better for all and everyone of us and this looks to be completely different than Food Fight. We can support them all!

      Much respect…

      • JLA

        I respectfully disagree. Not that more vegan options are better but more so on a realistic level, veganism is still a niche marker and I don’t think ANY city with the exception of San Fran or NYC could support 2 vegan markets. This is going to be bad for Veganz’ bottom line and horrible for Food Fight who has been part of the vegan community for a long time and actually cares on a deeper level about veganism and other related ideologies.

      • Lorrie Paige

        According to Veggie Grill (vegan restaurant) owners, about 70 percent of their customers are not vegan. If only vegans shopped ANYWHERE, the business would go out of business because there’s not enough vegans around to keep vegan businesses financially successful. I guarantee you, ANY vegan business–no matter what it is–that is still around is do mainly to non-vegans shopping there.

      • sss

        There are two vegan grocery stores in LA that do quite well.

    • Lorrie Paige

      Having only one vegan place to shop at any given place is nonsensical.

  • GreeneWolfe

    Austin is the most vegan friendly city in the country, not Portland.

  • Laura

    Bring one to portland oregon! It will be. Instant hit!

    • Lorrie Paige

      Yep! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/yourlifebidesign MsPz

    Come to NC GREENSBORO…WHOO HOO..this will be great for when it gets cold here and i can not grow my veggies off season !!

  • rodentx2

    WELCOME! Please come to Sun City West, AZ! Already my local Safeway supermarket is starting to stock more vegan options!

  • René Álvarez

    Hopefully, other entrepreneurs will do the same and residents of other cities won’t have to wait so long.