Vegemite, the favourite spread of Australians which is made with no animal products whatsoever, is officially vegan now.
It was always vegan, but now it’s officially so, passing the rigorous certification process set by Vegan Australia by “doing absolutely nothing to its recipe” whatsoever. We stan an achievement you barely have to lift a finger for!!
The Vegan Australia Certified logo will start rolling out on Vegemite jars in the next few months, Vegemite said. Certification is a pretty strict purpose, with products not allowed to contain a single traceable ingredient derived from animals, but in this case, the work was already done. Vegemite chose to make its vegan status official to coincide with World Vegan Day, which is apparently today.
Australians are increasingly following a vegan or vegetarian diet, as concerns over animal rights and a sustainable diet increasingly impact our food choices. There are an estimated 500,000 vegans in Australia in 2019, and a further 2.5 million vegetarians – up from 2.2 million in 2014. According to Vegan Australia, one person decides to eat less meat or go meat-free every five minutes. (Truth be told, this sounds extremely me in my “I’m going to eat less carbs!” moments before hoofing down on toast like three hours later. But we support the effort.)
FYI, Vegemite is ALSO halal but is not gluten-free – for celiacs amongst us, you’ll need to grab Vegemite’s newly launched gluten-free option.