According to VegNews, the Swedish company wants its restaurant menus to be 50% vegan by 2025, with packaged meals also being 80% plant-based around the same time, as well.
The Saluhall restaurants that Ingka-owned IKEA plans to implement will eventually serve only plant-based alternatives, which should help the company reduce its food-related emissions.
Jens Nielsen, Ingka Centres’ Commercial and Digital Director, said that "we are excited to be unveiling Saluhall, our bold and fresh Nordic take on the food hall concept."
"Our food offering has long been a key element of our meeting places, and with Saluhall we will go beyond dining to inspire the many people with more sustainable food choices, like plant-based dishes", he added.
The full food offerings will vary by region and are currently not entirely known, but it is almost certain that IKEA will include plant-based burgers, as well as oat-based ice cream on its menu.
Saluhall will also be used as a place where people from outside the company will be able to come and exercise their cooking skills afterhours and any leftover food will be donated to prevent food waste.
Stéphane Keulian, F&B Concept Development Leader at Ingka Group, said that "through lectures, cooking experiences and a cookery school, Saluhall will be a natural location that brings people and local businesses together."
Sharla Halvorson, Health & Sustainability Manager for IKEA’s global food business, added that "in order to reduce the climate footprint of the IKEA food business, we need to reduce the amount of traditional meatballs that we sell."