THEY say an army marches on its stomach, and one Segensworth firm is hoping its food will help Britain’s Olympians on the road to glory this summer.
Their meat alternative will be available during the Games to the Olympic staff, members of the public and athletes from across 205 countries.
Lisa Drummy, who co-owns Beanie’s Health Foods, is the UK distributor for Fry’s frozen vegetarian food, which comes from South Africa.
And now Fry’s vegetarian mince has been selected for the Olympic menu, supplied through Lisa and delivered by food service providers 3663.
Lisa, whose dad Pat also runs the firm, said: ‘We are delighted that our meat-free mince will be enjoyed by so many people. It’s the highlight of our 10 years in business.’
To be chosen to supply the Olympics is a ground-breaking feat, as it has never before been achieved by a frozen food company.
The meat alternative has 18 varieties which cater for Jews, Hindus and Muslims, as well as Theravada and Mahayana Buddhists, certain practitioners of Hinduism and followers of Hare Krishna, and people with onion and garlic allergies.
A spokesman for 3663 said: ‘Fry’s Vegetarian Mince ticked all of the boxes and we are delighted it was selected to supply the Olympics.’
Lisa and Pat began Beanie’s Health Foods a decade ago, after running a shop in Fareham High Street.
They were all made by Fry’s of Kwa Zulu Natal, recognised across the world as the most ethical and realistic meat replacement products there are.
After losing their distribution contact and getting in touch with Fry’s directly, they were offered the exclusive UK wholesale contract.
It was an Olympic task in itself to get the shop ready, but their family rallied, including Lisa’s husband Stephen who looks after the IT.