Formerly a niche market, free-from and vegan dishes are no longer an optional extra but a necessity for operators. Angela Frewin reports
The bare statistics - that there are more than a million vegetarians, 542,000 vegans, 49% of Britons reducing meat consumption, 10% having a diagnosed food allergy or intolerance and 15% suspecting they do - underline why chefs and suppliers are scrambling onto what Mintel pithily dubs the 'banned wagon'.
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