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  • 18 December 2019 09:44

Study finds more Australians are searching for a vegan twist and eco friendly gifts this Christmas

A new national online study by trends data provider SEMrush finds an increase in searches for vegan Christmas recipies, eco-friendly gifts and supporting regional and rural communities through "Buy from the Bush".

More Australians than ever are getting behind ‘Buy from the Bush’, giving eco-friendly gifts and considering adding a vegan twist to their 2019 Christmas celebrations, according to new research from trusted data analytics provider SEMrush (www.semush.com).

SEMrush reviewed the number of online searches for ‘vegan Christmas recipes’, ‘vegan Christmas dinner’ and ‘eco friendly gifts’ across all the Australian states and territories over the last year, to track the rise in searches for planet friendly festive feasts this year.

The national online study reveals that people in Tasmania are 162% more likely to consider skipping their turkey or ham than at this time last year – the biggest spike in Australia. The number of people searching for vegan alternatives has also risen dramatically in the Northern Territory and the ACT, with searches for both terms rising 86% and 83% year on year respectively.

South Australia and New South Wales recorded the lowest increase in searches for vegan Christmas recipes with only a 17% and 32% increase in searches, well below the national average of 59%.

“Australians tend to have quite a healthy lifestyle however the SEMrush data reflects more people have been making a shift to plant based or vegan meal options for special occasions,” said Olga Andrienko, Head of Global Marketing at SEMrush.

“It’s great to see that in every Australian state and territory, consumers are willing to add a vegan element to their Christmas menus. And with more people trying out flexitarian lifestyles, I’m sure this growing food trend will bring some festive cheer around dining tables come December 25.”

With the impact of the ongoing drought putting added pressure on regional and rural communities, the SEMrush data showed Australians got behind the ‘Buy from the Bush’ campaign too. ‘Buy from the Bush’ was ranked the second highest online search nationally and in most states and territories. In NSW the campaign was the top ranking online search however in the Northern Territory it ranked fourth, where online searches for regifting was of more interest.

Conscious shopping was also on consumers’ minds, with SEMrush finding online searches for ‘eco-friendly gifts’ have surged. On a national level, searches have increased a whopping 814% year on year and 497% during the last two years. At a state level, NSW registered a 983% increase since last year, Victoria a 795% rise in online searches and Queensland with a 662% annual increase.

When it comes to non-alcoholic Christmas drinks, the Northern Territory recorded no change in online searches whilst there were 20% less searches made in South Australia. Meanwhile, if you’re from Western Australia, you have less chance of receiving a regifted present, with year on year online searches for regifting dropping 12%.

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