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Greggs launches vegan hot cross buns just in time for Easter

Sarah Young

After weeks of speculation, Greggs has finally announced the arrival if its next vegan-friendly offering.

Just in time for Easter, the bakery chain has launched vegan hot cross buns which are available to buy in stores today.

However, the plant-based treats will only be on sale for a limited time only, so you are going to have to act quickly if you want to give them try.

The hot cross buns, which are made without any butter or milk, are bursting with orange flavour and filled with a unique mix of spices and vine fruits.

Greggs has launched a vegan-friendly version of its classic hot cross bun (Greggs)

Not only do the glazed buns make for the perfect vegan-friendly Easter treat, but a pack of four will only set you back £1.

The sweet treat is the latest in a string of vegan launches from Greggs, following the success of its meat-free sausage roll in January 2019.

At the beginning of this year, the bakery unveiled its vegan steak bake which is intended to mimic a classic steak bake and is made using 96 layers of puff pastry, diced onions, a gravy filling and Quorn pieces instead of meat.

Just weeks later, Greggs also launched a vegan version of its classic glazed doughnut and the bakery chain has hinted that it is developing plant-based recipes for even more of its most popular products.

Last week, Greggs released a special “black card” that entitles holders to get free food delivered from the chain on request.

The company sent its first card to British rapper Stormzy who shared a clip of himself unboxing the gift on his Instagram and Twitter accounts.

The 26-year-old celebrated becoming the first recipient of the Greggs black card on Twitter, writing: “Are you mad the first Greggs black card @Greggsofficial I have peaked this is brilliant.”

Greggs isn't the only brand leading the way in terms of vegan-friendly food products. On Monday, Cadbury confirmed that it is currently developing a vegan Dairy Milk bar that would be suitable for people who follow plant-based diets.

Speaking to The Independent, Mondelez, which owns the British chocolate brand, confirmed that an increasing demand for non-dairy alternatives has pushed them to look at a new version of the bestseller.

However thay are still working on the final recipe so are holding back on a launch date for the time being.

A spokesperson said: “We’re always listening to our consumers, so we can develop and provide people with a greater choice of products.

"This includes looking at a plant-based Cadbury Dairy Milk bar however, we have no immediate plans to launch a new product in market [sic]."

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