BaxterStorey Scotland has opened the doors of its first vegan outlet at University of Stirling to meet the growing demand for plant-based alternatives.
The unique deli called V-Go! opened in January, in response to requests from the students for a cafe to cater for the increasing number of vegans in the student population.
The vegan hot spot features an entirely plant-based menu and a multitude of delicious snacks, including vegan carrot cake and vegan sausage rolls. The deli bar offers a wide range of authentic sandwiches: The Reuben with maple glazed tofu and veggirella and the popular BLT with vegan bacon. Boasting delicious soup alternatives, such as cauliflower minestrone and curried yellow pea, contemporary snacks are also available, including Perkier snack bars and lentil and hummus crisps. Two favourites amongst the coffee lovers are the minor figures cold brew and banana split Rebel Kitchen dairy free mylk coffee.
As a member of the university’s Vegan Society, catering assistant Sharon I-Anson who runs the outlet is always trying new recipes at home, to introduce to her customers. Her vegan blueberry muffins were a sell out and next on the list is vegan tuna, using tahini, chickpeas and seaweed.
With students becoming increasingly aware of the impact left on the planet with many moving towards sustainable diets, the outlet promotes Grounds to Ground, a sustainable initiative encouraging customers to feed their garden with recycled coffee grounds, which acts as fertiliser.
General Manager, Alan Ratcliffe said: “With more people choosing plant-based foods, we felt we should be doing more to support this lifestyle choice at the University of Stirling. V-Go! has quickly caught the attention of students and staff alike and is proving to be an excellent addition to our on campus offer. It’s been great to have the support of such a forward-thinking team and client in order to deliver this exciting new concept”.
Regional Managing Director, Jeremy Wood commented: “We are delighted to be working with the University of Stirling on such an exciting new space. BaxterStorey prides itself on being sustainable and we love to be innovative. We are aware of the rapid growth in plant-based food trends and our intention is to make plant-based beverages and bites available to everyone. Introducing a solely vegan outlet, means that we are able to offer the students a far greater choice of nutritious and delicious foods to fit their study schedules.”
Paula Jimenez, a 21-year-old sports science student at University of Stirling said: “The vegan café is fantastic, we’ve been waiting for a long time for an entirely vegan food place. The wide variety of lunch options means I can eat on campus and not have to go to the high street. I basically just used to eat sandwiches all day so I’m so happy. The vegan carrot cake is a definite favourite!”