By Sara Scarlett For Mailonline
Published: 15:56 GMT, 3 March 2020 | Updated: 16:24 GMT, 3 March 2020
IKEA has delighted fans by confirming it will launch a vegan version of its popular meatballs later this year.
The company already sells a staggering 150 million meatballs worldwide annually and previously announced it was considering adding a vegan version to its menu.
The Swedish flat-pack furniture giant is the latest retailer to offer vegan versions of its food as consumer demand for plant-based options continues to rise sharply.
IKEA are set to launch a vegan version of their popular meatballs in the UK this August. The original meatballs (pictured) are considered a cult favourite and consumed worldwide
The company had yet to confirm the highly anticipated new product would go ahead until today.
Michael La Cour, Managing Director at IKEA Food Services, said: 'We know that the IKEA meatballs are loved by the many people.
'And for years the meatballs have been the most popular dish in our restaurants.
'We see a growing demand from our customers to have access to more sustainable food options and we want to meet that need.
'Our ambition is to make healthier and more sustainable eating easy, desirable and affordable without compromising on taste and texture.'
IKEA already launched a vegetarian version of its meatballs in 2015 and a popular vegan version of their hot dogs in 2018.