Aryzta food solutions has unveiled two new vegan bakes ahead of World Vegan Day on 1 November.

The cakes come in two flavours - Lemon, Chia Seed & Pistachio and Chocolate Cookie – and have been developed to help outlets cater for the growing number of vegan consumers in the UK, said Aryzta.

According to statistics from The Vegan Society, the number of vegan consumers has increased by 350% in the past decade.

The Lemon, Chia Seed & Pistachio Loaf Cake has a lemon sponge with added chia seeds, sandwiched with mixed fruit jam and lemon filling, decorated with a lemon icing and finished with chopped pistachio nuts.

The Chocolate Cookie Loaf Cake has a rich cocoa sponge sandwiched together with thick vanilla frosting and topped with frosting and cookie crumbs.

“From the rise in prominence of ‘meat-free Monday’ to the unbridled success of Veganuary, 2018 has been the year of veganism,” said Paul Maxwell, trade marketing manager at Aryzta Food Solutions.

“In 2019 we predict that plant-based diets will play an ever bigger role; there are now an estimated 3.5 million vegans in the UK and rising, many of whom will be looking for viable bakery options when eating out. We’re working to ensure caterers can take a share.”

Aryzta has also announced that it is to further grow its range of vegan bakery with the launch of four unique savouries, due to roll out soon. These join its existing vegan range, which includes croissants and cakes.

The company has recently faced a challenge from its largest shareholder, Cobas Asset Management, over plans to raise €800m to reduce debt.