Grocery Stores

Grocers meet customer demand for vegan products

grocersThis page formerly identified the few local grocers that carried vegan product lines. In recent years, public interest in a plant-based diet has grown exponentially. Many more people, including celebrities and other public figures, are vegetarian or vegan. Many non-vegetarians practice “meatless Monday” or enjoy vegetarian meals when they have the opportunity.

Grocers have responded to meet customer demand, and we are happy to report that virtually all national chains and local grocery businesses carry at least some vegan product lines. While vegan products have traditionally been located in the “Health Food” aisles or freezer sections, nowadays vegan products are being integrated into the regular grocery sections alongside non-vegan products. For instance, soy milk or vegan cheeses are in the dairy section or vegan canned soups are in the soup aisle. Of course, grocers have always carried the natural, unprocessed foods that form the center of a healthy plant-based diet, including grains, beans, legumes, fruits and vegetables. These whole foods are available in fresh, dried, canned and frozen forms.


Vegan package labeling

certifiedveganVegan packaged products can be prominently labeled, but sometimes the word “vegan” is discreetly placed near the ingredient list. Note that the designation “vegetarian” does not necessarily mean “vegan” and may include dairy products like milk or cheese in standard or dried forms. Many vegan products carry the certification logo from the organization Vegan Action, shown below. This logo is a registered trademark. The logo is often fairly small compared to the package size. The image below has been enlarged. If you see this logo, you can rest assured that the product has met strict requirements and you need not read the ingredients to assure yourself that it is vegan. For a list of companies whose have products that have earned this certification, go to vegan.org.


Our Neighborhood Grocers

Grocers and markets have generously partnered with VegMichigan as sponsors or exhibitors at our annual tastefest and expo, VegFest. These national, state-wide and Detroit area partners have included BetterHealth Markets, Detroit’s Eastern Market, Hiller’s, Meijer, and Whole Foods Market. Vegan product lines are available at all of these establishments.

Many independent local health food stores, or coops with retail stores, have carried vegan products for decades. Once the only source of vegan packaged foods in their community, these independents still are often the first to make new vegan products available to the public. A sampling of stores and coops is provided below. A great internet search tool for additional vegan-friendly grocers is HappyCow.net.

VegMichigan encourages you to maintain the economic “demand” for vegan products by patronizing a variety of grocers, from national and state grocery chains to neighborhood health food stores.

  City   Local Health Food Store   Address
  Ann Arbor   People’s Food Co-op   216 N. 4th Ave
  Battle Creek   Apple Valley Natural Foods   5275 Beckley Rd
  East Lansing   Foods for Living   2655 E. Grand River Ave
  Ferndale   Natural Food Patch   221 W. Nine Mile Rd
  Flint   Dales Natural Foods   4290 Miller Rd
  Grand Rapids   Harvest Health Foods   1944 Eastern Ave., SE
  Grosse Pointe   Sprout House   15233 Kercheval St
  Holland   Nature’s Market   1013 S. Washington Ave
  Kalamazoo   Natural Health Center   4610 W. Main
  Marquette   Marquette Food Coop   109 W. Baraga Ave
  Mount Pleasant   Green Tree Cooperative Grocery   214 N. Franklin St
  Muskegon   Health Hut   3112 Henry St
  Royal Oak   Nutri-Foods   120 S. Main
  St. Clair Shores   Vitamin Village   23401 Greater Mack Ave
  Traverse City   Edson Farms Natural Foods   835 S. Garfield Ave
  Wyandotte   Total Health Foods   2938 Biddle Ave
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