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Started by Arjuna on Sep 29, 2020 5:47:06 PM
Asda is adding a controversial new aisle to its supermarkets

The supermarket is introducing a brand new aisle to its stores - but it will divide shoppers

Two bays in each of the stores will be dedicated to VEGAN products - with one for savoury, including proteins and cooking sauces, and one for sweet food and snacks

https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/uk-news/asda-controversial-vegan-aisle-supermarkets-19012844.amp

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Crayola - 29 Sep 2020 17:51:52 (#1 of 62)

Why is having a vegan aisle controversial? Most supermarkets either have a vegan section in each bit or the products side by side surely? Makes sense if there is enough vegan stuff to put it all in one place.

champagnerocker - 29 Sep 2020 17:59:20 (#2 of 62)

I'm incredibly carnivorous and I couldn't care less.

A headline "contraversial new aisle" will get more clicks than "shop expands niche range".

deadmanwalking23 - 29 Sep 2020 18:00:21 (#3 of 62)

But everyone HATES vegans

rejonked - 29 Sep 2020 18:02:32 (#4 of 62)

I don't really care where the products are, as long as the labelling is clear enough. As someone who is mostly plant-based, but also extremely gluten intolerant, it can be really tricky. The vegan section tends to be about 60% full of gluten, and the Free From section about 60% full of meat or dairy. The vegan products rarely mention that they are also gluten free and vice versa.

barkis - 29 Sep 2020 18:03:23 (#5 of 62)

Of course the word "controversial" only occurs in the heading.

Arjuna - 29 Sep 2020 18:06:11 (#6 of 62)

I am worried there could be fights

barkis - 29 Sep 2020 18:07:59 (#7 of 62)

I don't think the vegans would stand much chance.

Arjuna - 29 Sep 2020 18:09:24 (#8 of 62)

They should all fuck off back to Holland and Barrett and leave decent people in peace.

browserbutton - 29 Sep 2020 18:09:56 (#9 of 62)

I don't think the vegans would stand much chance.

Many of them have ninja skills that would bamboozle fatties.

hailesaladdie - 29 Sep 2020 18:11:28 (#10 of 62)

How's that client journalism working out for us, then?

AdonisBlue - 29 Sep 2020 18:13:50 (#11 of 62)

Wait until Asda has a Halal section, then you'll see controversial.

Arjuna - 29 Sep 2020 18:20:22 (#12 of 62)

Ian Mcintosh doesn’t like the idea at all and thinks the "world has gone mad".

He said: “Pandering to the minority, there are far more serious things they could do to make everyone's experience better."



https://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/news/hull-east-yorkshire-news/asda-vegan-aisle-divides-customers-4559156

barkis - 29 Sep 2020 18:24:35 (#13 of 62)

Mr Mcintosh seems to be in a minority in thinking it's a bad idea so I hope they don't pander to him.

hailesaladdie - 29 Sep 2020 18:25:03 (#14 of 62)

> Wait until Asda has a Halal section, then you'll see controversial.

The Haji Baba concession in Asda Luton is excellent.

AdonisBlue - 29 Sep 2020 18:27:04 (#15 of 62)

https://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/news/1827766
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HerrWalrus - 30 Sep 2020 08:13:57 (#16 of 62)

You must be bat-shit crazy to consider entering the British supermarket business. Very slim margins, and fierce competition. Even the delivery side is no walk in the park (as Amz are finding).

Ricolas - 30 Sep 2020 08:16:35 (#17 of 62)

Amazon should have taken note from their phone and tablet business that entering a mature market with a similar business model is not necessarily a site for winner...

Ricolas - 30 Sep 2020 08:18:31 (#18 of 62)

M&S have had various decent sized sections for many dietary needs, and their vegan one is rather good. Given the nature of Marks' shoppers, and the fact that they are not offended by it indicates that this sort of story is purely to upset The Gammon.

machiavelli - 30 Sep 2020 08:29:35 (#19 of 62)

I'm mystified as to why vegan aisles would upset anyone. If you're not vegan, simply don't use the aisles.

kvelertak - 30 Sep 2020 08:32:32 (#20 of 62)

Yeah, meaty snowflakes.

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