27. The Vurger Co The Vurger Co is a plant-based powerhouse that’s making vegan fast food cool Alec Hawley December 15, 2021 2 min read About us Startups was founded over 20 years ago by a multi-time entrepreneur. Today, our expert team of writers, researchers, and editors work to provide our 4 million readers with useful tips and information, as well as running award-winning campaigns. Founders: Rachel Hugh and Neil PottsFounded: 2016Website: www.thevurgerco.com/Making its fourth appearance in the Startups 100 (and climbing considerably from 58 in 2020) is The Vurger Co – a vegan juggernaut that’s gone from a market stall in 2016 to a household name in 2021.Like all the best startups, The Vurger Co is driven by the passion of its founders Rachel Hugh and Neil Potts. After suffering with stomach issues no doctor or test could explain for 10 years, Neil took a trip to California, discovered the benefits of a vegan diet, did his research and (along with Rachel) became vegan on his return to London. And, in a matter of weeks, Neil’s stomach issues were gone.Now, Rachel and Neil are loud and proud vegan evangelists, eager to spread the word that a plant-based diet is not only good for you, but can also be full of great tasting food like dehydrated coconut that mimics bacon or Shiitake mushrooms braised in BBQ sauce. a vegan juggernaut that’s gone from a market stall in 2016 to a household name in 2021 And, despite the pandemic, The Vurger Co continued to boom over the last 12 months, opening a new restaurant in Brighton (on top of two in London) and making its mark in retail. Now, it’s got six products in high-profile retailers like Planet Organic, Whole Foods Market and Selfridges, as well as independent retailers nationwide. despite the pandemic, The Vurger Co continued to boom over the last 12 months And with veganism becoming bigger and bigger as the world wakes up to the climate impact of eating meat, who knows how far The Vurger Co empire could reach. What Does Your Business Need Help With? Project Planning Creating a Website Business Loan Business Bank Account Get Started Startups.co.uk can help your business succeed At Startups.co.uk, we're here to help small UK businesses to get started, grow and succeed. As well as rounding up some of the biggest success stories in our annual Startups 100 list, we have resources to help new businesses get off the ground. Share this post facebook twitter linkedin Tags startups100 Alec Hawley Alec is Startups’ resident expert on politics and finance. He’s provided live updates on the budget, written guides on investing and property development, and demystified topics like corporation tax, accounting software, and invoice discounting. Before joining, he worked in the media for over a decade, conducting media analysis at Kantar Media and YouGov, and writing a wide variety of freelance pieces.