Town Centre businesses attracting new customers with vegan and gluten-free offer

Thursday, 13 December 2018

Town Centre businesses attracting new customers with vegan and gluten-free offer 


Vollood Hairdressing is just one of several town centre businesses reporting an increase in the number of customers travelling to Dunfermline town centre for vegan products, reports Dunfermline Delivers.  


Lisa Edwards, BID Manager for Dunfermline Delivers explained: “Craig Hutchison, owner of Vollood told Dunfermline Delivers that his Bridge Street salon is attracting half a dozen new customers every week with clients travelling from as far as St Andrews to access hair products which are vegan and cruelty-free for animals”. 


Craig said: “Vegan Fife told me that my salon is the only salon in Fife where Hair and Beauty are both vegan.  The Beauty Salon uses Tropic beauty products”. 


Lisa Edwards, BID Manager for Dunfermline Delivers says: “Our town centre businesses are responding well to changing markets and are seeing the benefits. Carlucci restaurant introduced a dedicated vegan menu in April 2018.” 


Joint business owners Ivan Ascione and Paolo Carlucci, who owned two bars in Milan, before moving to Dunfermline and opening Carlucci Italian restaurant in 2011, have also just introduced vegan pizza. Ivan said: “Our dedicated vegan menu has been very successful. There are 5 choices for the main course. All our vegan posts on Facebook got loads of shares. We’re also featured on vegan website “Happy Cow” and the vegan B&B in Crossford refers customers to us.” 


“Business is much better here than in Italy because there is less tax and less bureaucracy. Each year has been better than the last although Brexit is extremely challenging because of the uncertainty and increased costs”. 


Across the UK the vegan market is expected to continue to grow. Some 542,000 people aged 15 or over – more than one per cent of the population – have adopted a plant-based diet, up from 150,000 in 2006. The research carried out by Ipsos Mori showed a 365% increase in vegans over the past decade. 


Food-allergies and food intolerances have also seen local cafes and retailers adapt to changing markets. Café Fresh has introduced a wide variety of products which are gluten free.  Originally from Glasgow, Stephen McShane, who started out as a Commis chef, and had a range of jobs before buying the café in August 2017, explained: “My wife, who is from Dunfermline, likes to eat gluten-free so we’ve become experts on this subject. We’ve just managed to make a dairy-free, gluten free and vegan chocolate cake, and it was delicious. In fact, I would say our gluten-free millionaires shortcake tastes even better than standard shortcake. I can’t make it fast enough to keep up with demand. On the savoury side we have baked potatoes with salads and we always have gluten free bread and oatcakes in stock. Our diet-friendly range of food is another reason why customers come into the cafe.”  


Lisa Edwards said: “These are just a few of the businesses in Dunfermline offering vegan and food intolerance options.  If BID businesses get in touch with us to provide updates on what they offer, we can let customers know by sharing on our Facebook page, which has over 6,400 followers”. 

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