Workplace caterer Sodexo Ireland says that 21,600 vegetarian or vegan meals were bought at 43 client sites last year, representing 8.5% of sales and up from 5% in 2021.
Veggie dishes purchased on client sites in Northern Ireland remained steady at 6% of sales.
Sodexo said demand for plant-based food options is greatest during the summer months, though December also has a strong showing.
Vegan options offered by Sodexo include lentil celeriac chestnut pie, potato mixed bean chilli, tofu summer tart, Southern Indian vegan chickpea curry, vegan mushroom burger, vegan chicken nuggets and aubergine masala.
Corporate responsibility director Claire Atkins-Morris