Whatever you may think or feel about the UK supermarket giant, Tesco has the best dairy-alternative ‘free from’ range out of any of our mainstream supermarket chains.
Tesco has received a lot of criticism this year — in fact every year there is some bad press about the 100-year-old grocery chain. But to me, Tesco is no better or worse than any other profit-loving company beholden to its shareholders.
As I can’t perfect the world, I aim to encourage the major players in business to help improve themselves. Tesco is the nearest large supermarket to my house, and I shop there not because I love their ethics, but because I have a busy life and live in reality, an imperfect one, but a reality of necessity and convenience.
It’s always been reasonably easy to get hold of vegan-friendly products, but having your local supermarket stock a large, dedicated section of vegan goods is a real bonus. In the last three years Tesco has gone from offering a smallish selection of brand name vegan items to a whole own-brand ‘Free From‘ range. Here’s hoping Tesco continues to develop its Free From refrigerated dairy alternative range, but in the meantime, here’s a rundown of what Tesco currently has to offer:
As of 2016, Tesco also now stock Violife cheese, some of the best vegan cheese I’ve tasted yet! Although this article is focused on the own brand products, I couldn’t leave Violife out, it’s just too good. I used to have to go into London to shops like PlanetOrganic or Holland & Barrett for Violife cheese, but now it’s being sold in our mainstream supermarkets – super exciting.
As well at the the ‘free from’ refrigerated section, Tesco now also have a good selection of own brand vegan-friendly frozen goodies too:
Try some of these out if you are near a (large) Tesco, I hope you’ll enjoy them as much as me.