I was thinking about this too. Ive sometimes feel there are more halal signs on foodstuff here than suitable for vegetarians (let alone vegan). The halal food is often made by special companies mainly targeting muslim customers though. Many vegetarian, even vegan foods (e. g. breads, baked beans, etc.) are meant for all customers. Could it be that it just does not seem necessary to them, to label their products veg*n? I guess over 95% of customers will buy stuff without really checking the label anyway, they just make sure its the product theyve seen in the commercial and dont care about the rest I guess were just not worthy of the consideration from the point of view of these companies. In Germany, many organic brands still do not care to label their veg*n products as veg*n, although the number has significantly increased over the past 10-15 years (I'm a life-long label-checker, hehe)
On the other hand, I have noticed that some regular supermarket brands have started to label some of their products as veg*n! For example, Iglo* has a note suitable for a vegan diet (also lacto-ovo-vegetarian on other stuff, I checked) under the ingredients list on the back of the packages, and Edeka* GemüseKüche has even put their own vegan logo (not the Vegan Society flower, which is also used by some organic brands) on front of their frozen vegetable bags. Although with plain frozen vegetables, it seems obvious (definitely to vegans) that the product is vegan, I thought it was interesting that they made this move, and of course I liked to see that label on a major supermarket brand product. I should e-mail some of their competitors, suggesting to do the same.
*These are big brands/chains which do not make such a move unintentionally, I'm pretty sure they rely on trend-scouts and market research in this, so I guess there already is something happening.
This thread has surprised me a bit though. Before I read it, I was under the impression that in the U.S., vegan products are easily available (and advertised as vegan), from a wide choice of fake meats to bakeries selling vegan muffins, to a number of entirely vegan restaurants at least in bigger cities. Seems to me now that this is not quite so.