Vegetarian Express - Bridges Fund Management

    

    























 






    
	            
			    
    



		
		    

    
    
    





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Vegetarian Express

Helping to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions by promoting plant-based food ingredients

Investment Strategy

Growth Business

Theme

Sustainable Planet

Date of initial investment

September 2016

Bridges Executives

Emma Thorne
Daniel Knight
Oliver Wyncoll

Challenge

The world is faced with serious environmental challenges posed by high-meat diets. Livestock production now accounts for more than 14% of all global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Research by Chatham House has indicated that global GHG reduction targets will be unattainable without a substantial decrease in our meat and dairy consumption.

Investable Solution

Plant-based proteins, by contrast, are considerably less resource-intensive in comparison to meat products. They are also increasingly popular with health-conscious consumers, not least because they have been linked to a reduced risk of diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

Vegetarian Express is the UK’s leading supplier of specialist plant-based ingredients to the food service industry, with an unmatched range of over 1,000 products (including tofu, tempeh, quinoa, nuts, spices, pulses etc.) and unrivalled sourcing capabilities. It has a strong service culture, working closely with chefs to develop new menu ideas, and its ingredients are already consumed across 2,500 catering locations in the UK, which collectively serve over 1 million diners.

Outcomes

A reduction in greenhouse gas emission levels in the UK. Systemic impact through wider consumer adoption of lower meat, sustainable diets. ESG opportunities in sourcing, supply chain and logistics.

www.vegetarianexpress.co.uk