The Founder Of the World’s First All-Vegan Supermarket Opens A Store In The US In 2016

The announcement by the German founder of the world’s first all-vegan supermarket, Veganz, to open a vegan shopping center in the US is definitely exciting news for both vegans and even non-vegans as surprisingly the majority of his customers aren’t neither vegans nor vegetarians but yet enjoy the variety and deliciousness of his products. The reason why even non-vegans and non-vegetarians are excited about the products of Jan Bredack, the founder of Veganz, might also be due to his congenial approach since he doesn’t seem to be preachy in any way urging people to adopt the vegan lifestyle but seems to be rather much more committed to prove the world that a plant-based diet is not only healthy but also delicious and even not pricey. Very probably, this might be the “secret sauce” why this company has become so popular and even goes for the international markets in 2016.

“You’ve heard a plant-based diet is optimal for heath and the environment, but do you ever get dismayed when perusing your local grocery store because you a) either don’t know what to buy or b) feel too tempted by conventional products to make healthy choices? 

Perhaps your solution is right around the corner… As The Local reports, the world’s first vegan supermarket chain, “Veganz,” which was founded in Berlin, Germany, aims to go international and is set on opening a new location in the United States in 2016.

You can probably relate to the founder of the supermarket, Jan Bredack, who once considered himself a meat lover. He, too, enjoyed Standard European (and American) fare, but eventually got tired of the burn-out from an imbalanced life. After changing his lifestyle and ethical code in 2009, he became inspired to write the book “Vegan für alle: Warum wir richtig leben sollten” (Veganism for everyone: Why we should live right) and create a store plant-based foodies could feel comfortable in.

In 2011, the inspired foodie started the world’s first vegan supermarket and hasn’t looked back.

“The decision to open a vegan supermarket came from a potpourri of ideas after coming across various vegan products in the US and Russia,” he says.

He noted that it was difficult to “shop normally” when one adopts a vegan lifestyle, and he wanted to make the switch to veganism more accessible to everyone.

There are presently two Veganz supermarkets in Berlin, with a third intended to open this year. Stores are also located in Hamburg, Munic, and Frankfurt. On May 13th, Veganz will open its first store outside Germany in Vienna, with further planned for London, Amsterdam, Zurich, Barcelona, Milan, and Copenhagen next year. That’s not all… In 2016, Veganz will open a vegan shopping center inPortland, Oregon, including a shoe and clothing store and restaurant.

The wonderful thing about Bredack and his message is that he doesn’t preach an all-or-nothing approach – or a lifestyle of deprivation. Indeed, Jan is inspired to show the world that plant-based food can be healthy, affordable, and – most importantly, delicious. According to Bredack, 80% of customers are neither vegan nor vegetarian, and the majority seem well-educated.

“It should be really simple,” he said, “People shouldn’t have to cut out anything.”



  1. Ziggy Daniels Reply

    Misleading ‘Veganz’ was NOT the worlds first Vegan supermarket – maybe in Germany yes – but not in the entire world. We have had them in USA years before this place……….

  2. Ziggy Daniels Reply

    The only problem I can see is that low income people may NOT be able to shop here – because we can not use our food stamp (benefits) cards at vegan stores – USA Federal govt does not allow vegan stores to accept food stamps.

  3. Laura Coleman Reply

    This is an out of date link, the company has since announced it will not longer be opening a US location at this time, but will continue expanding in Europe.

  4. Megan McLerran Reply

    It’s quite small, though, and priced up because the profits are donated to an animal sanctuary. It’s a good cause, obviously, but I can only afford to go there on rare occasions.

  5. Shelley Warnick Reply

    I emailed Veganz to find out opening date for Portland and they replied that they’ve cancelled that in order to focus on European market which is booming.

  6. Mandi MC Reply

    I was excited to see salad dressings “for me” at my local Publix Super Markets, Inc. last night! I’m in Florida and am enjoying Ranch again!

  7. Rochelle Call Reply

    As a plant based diet eater I wish they would get away from the word “vegan” unknown to me it turns people away. “Mindful eating”??

  8. Jessica Leigh Reply

    The Cruelty Free Shop – South Brisbane. The Green Edge – Windsor. Charlie’s Vegan Pantry – Everton Park, Clontarf, and Thorneside.

  9. Melanie Yormark Reply

    Not that I live in Portland, but this was due to open in 2016… I don’t think that’s going to happen. What a great idea! I wish they had a store like this in Brooklyn. A store just for vegetarians ( like my brother and I ) and for vegans.

  10. Skye Monzo Reply

    Charlie Short this was gonna be my idea but im glad someone else did it first anyway, i guess more cities will be covered faster the more people that make vegan supermarkets 🙂

  11. Taty KC Reply

    Thanks Melanie Andrews i will be finding this when in US next time xx Amy Gee Donna Jay Monica Giordimaina Trish Santinon xx

  12. Heather Holcomb Reply

    monmouth oregon has bi mart..winco foods is in independence a short walk away 😛 thats where we go if we cant get to walmart in salem or dallas 😛

  13. Alicia Rose Reply

    Vegan haven is very nice but since they rely on donations they have very high priced stuff at their store but I love supporting it. The cashiers work for free

  14. Barbara Jankowski Reply

    I’m in Florida too waiting for the new beyond meat burger to get here publix is supposed to carry it once it gets to us but yes an all vegan store would be nice

  15. Megan Sams Reply

    Vicky Farmer Ahhh I know! I can’t believe it! Did you get anything during their closing sale? I wish he would have sold to someone else rather than close.

  16. Valerie Wade Reply

    Buddy Zigouigoui and I are going to open a vegan restaurant and call it the three amigos. It will have a giant ball pit as well for everyone to play in.

  17. Anna Allen Reply

    Hate this – cannot read the article because the stupid window “visit our shop” pops on. Well, I will not visit your shop because I don’t like to be forced to do things. I like to have a choice and I don’t have a choice to peacefully read the article about your shop!

    • Daniele Cruickshank Reply

      You can click on the top right corner “X” to close it down.

  18. Anna Allen Reply

    It’s a good word. If it turn anyway away they will never be vegan. People who eat range free meat call it mindful eating.

  19. Tina Kathleen Reply

    Wow does that really mean there’s no meat department!! that would be fabulous like we have those so-called healthy markets and they sell meat !!…I never really got that but this would be great if there was truly a vegan market I would be there spending my dollars…

  20. Joey Joey Reply

    For all those in CA please oppose SB 18 call your senators as this is about parental rights taken away from you based on religious beliefs, educational beliefs, pro gun beliefs, vegetarian / vegan beliefs / alternative health beliefs please tell your senators to oppose and NOT co author SB 18. Very important otherwise we lose our rights as American parents to the govt

  21. Roya Kalani Reply

    Jenny Ikegami imagine going to a grocery store knowing you could pick out whatever you wanted and not have to search through the labels.

  22. Emma Pamley-Liddell Reply

    You don’t read the labels??? What about palm oil? What about GM? What about e – numbers and chemicals? What about sugar? Vegan food isn’t necessarily any more healthy.

  23. Breanne Renée Reply

    Especially when you have to go to the meat section to get protein alternatives. They could at least create a small section for the veg stuff…