The popularity of vegetarian and vegan food in Germany continues to rise, according to the German branch of the international food-awareness organization ProVeg.
For example, nationwide sales of vegetarian food alternatives grew by almost 60 percent between 2015 and 2017, to reach EUR 1.1 billion. And the number of restaurants catering to the country’s roughly 8 million vegetarians almost doubled between 2015 and 2016.
In late January, yet another veggie-based restaurant joined the German market when the Swiss chain “tibits” opened its first Germany-based restaurant in Darmstadt, south of Frankfurt. Launched by three brothers – and the owner of Europe’s oldest vegetarian restaurant – in Zurich in 2000, the chain now has branches in seven cities in Switzerland, two in London, and now one in Germany. Each offers salads, hot dishes, soups, freshly pressed juices and desserts from all over the world. Two-thirds of the menu of 40 daily offerings changes every day, and the buffet, pay-by-weight style allows customers to eat as much – or as little – as they like. Fittingly, the German branch is housed in the new headquarters building of Alnatura, a Hessen-based chain of organic food supermarkets with 133 locations in Germany, Luxembourg and Switzerland.