IKEA To Debut Vegan Meatballs in April
IKEA’s meatballs just got a whole lot greener. The Swedish furniture store announced this week that it will soon offer vegan “meatballs” on its menu.
IKEA first announced plans to serve vegetarian Swedish meatballs last year. At the time, Joanna Yarrow, head of sustainability for Ikea in the UK, said: “We are aware of the meat issue with greenhouse gases. We are looking at all our food products from a sustainability perspective but specifically meatballs. They are very popular and they are also our most carbon-intensive food item on our menu.”
Just how popular? Ikea sells 150 million meatballs, made from beef and pork, in its cafes each year, which isn’t that great for the environment. In fact, they’re least eco-friendly item on the their menu, due to high carbon dioxide emissions during the farming process and high methane gas emissions from cattle.
The company’s switch to vegetarian meatballs was a success, but animal rights advocates, particularly, PETA, wanted more; precisely, they wanted no animal products at all.
This week, the organization celebrated its triumph on its blog:
“Behind the scenes, PETA worked to convince the international company to go all the way and make the “veggie balls” vegan. We reminded IKEA that people are making the switch to vegan eating in droves — and offering vegan foods would ensure that all customers leave the store satisfied. We asked our members to support the effort, and more than 25,000 did just that! And it has all paid off!”
The meat-less meatballs will be offered in IKEA food courts this April. They’ll also be available for purchase at a later date.
Just another excuse to shop at IKEA (as if you needed another one).