Reebok/ National Geographic Shoe Collection

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Fashion, Design & Beauty

Reebok and National Geographic Launch Vegan Shoe Collection Inspired by Endangered Species

British athletic wear company Reebok and National Geographic have partnered to launch a new footwear collection inspired by the world’s endangered species, including the Nano X2 Grow and Club C 85 Vegan. Debuting Oct. 4th, the collection is also influenced by National Geographic’s award-winning visual storytelling and is made without any animal-based products. The collection features the following designs: Club C 85 Vegan – A version of the Club C shoe that honors sixteen endangered species with unique patterns dedicated to different animals, including the Galapagos Penguin, Black Rhino, Eastern Gorilla, Ring-tailed Lemur and Fiji Banded Iguana. Nano X2 Grow “Formidable Species”  – A plant-based version of Reebok’s popular Nano X2 training shoes, featuring patterns showcasing such as the Grizzly Bear, Puffer Fish, Poison Dart …

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Ozers microalgae sports supplements

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Algae, Microalgae & Seaweed

Ozers to Raise €300K for Unique Microalgae Sports Supplements

French startup Ozers has opened a funding round to raise €300,000 for its innovative microalgae sports supplements. Ozers was founded last year by former boxer Maxence Damarey, food trends hunter Oliver Dahan, and Algama co-founders Alvyn Severien and Gaëtan Gohin. Damarey was inspired to create the company because he was unable to find any supplements that met his needs. The use of microalgae is said to significantly enhance athletes’ endurance, and sets Ozers apart from other plant-based sports nutrition brands. Damarey told vegconomist that microalgae have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, while also enhancing oxygen transport in the blood. The products are marketed towards both professional and amateur athletes. Funding Last year, Ozers (previously known as NØKO FOODS) took part in the sixth cohort of the …

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Charity & Campaigns

How LA’s First Vegan Food Bank is Fighting the City’s Hunger and Food Waste

As rising inflation continues to push the cost of food, especially meat, to record highs, at least one Los Angeles organization is taking action to make fresh, healthy plant-based food accessible to those in need.   Launched in May 2022, the Vegans of LA Food Bank is the city’s first all-vegan food bank and provides fresh fruits, vegetables, grains and more to individuals and families experiencing food insecurity. Created in partnership with the Hope on Union Food Bank, Vegans of LA has already fed thousands of people and received broad support from the local community and leading national businesses, reports VegWorld Magazine.  While it primarily focuses on serving whole plant-based foods, the food bank also supplies plant-based meaty and dairy products provided by Good Catch, Hodo …

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Barries vegan mayos

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Products & Launches

Vegan Mayos Made With Wild Garlic & Olive Oil Launch in the UK

UK brands Barries and Hunter & Gather have both launched new vegan mayos in the UK. Barries’ latest product is Wild Garlic Vegan Mayo, a special edition variety made with Oxfordshire-picked wild garlic. “We are a proudly British brand so using wild garlic picked from local fields to create our latest flavour was a no-brainer. It has such a delicious and versatile taste and can be enjoyed all year around – and every jar is vegan and egg-free, of course!” said Ned Barrie, co-founder of Barries. All Barries mayos are egg-free, and the other flavours in the range are Original, Miso & Sesame, Smoked Paprika, Rosemary & Thyme and Scotch Bonnet. They are available from the brand’s website, as well as Planet Organic and Daylesford. …

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Meatless Farm plant-based ready meals

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Products & Launches

Meatless Farm Launches First Plant-Based Ready Meals to “Take the Market by Storm”

Leading UK alt-meat brand Meatless Farm has launched its first plant-based ready meals, featuring both chilled and frozen options. The range consists of Meatless Marinara, Meatless Korean BBQ Style Chicken & Rice, and Meatless Chilli Non Carne, with the latter two also available as chilled options. All five products are made with Meatless Farm’s pea protein-based meat alternatives. High demand Demand for convenience foods is soaring, as consumers return to their busy lifestyles following the pandemic. For this reason, Meatless Farm is expecting the new meals to “take the market by storm”. All five products meet the UK’s new HFSS regulations, scoring green or amber for total fat, saturated fat, sugar, and salt. The meals can be prepared from frozen in eight minutes, and from …

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Fashion, Design & Beauty

South Korea’s Lotte Duty-Free Launches Vegan Cosmetics Range

Lotte Duty Free the duty-free arm of South Korean retail giant Lotte, recently launched a range of vegan cosmetics through its online mall LDF BUY, which was inaugurated in June 2021. LDF BUY will sell vegan cosmetic products made by Grown Alchemist – a natural skincare brand based in Australia, and Hunter Lab – a gender-inclusive skincare brand also from Australia. Products made by Kora Organics – an Australian/US-based company founded by supermodel Miranda Kerr – are set to follow. The vegan cosmetics are not duty-free products and as such can be purchased online through LDF BUY without South Korean consumers having to leave the country. All of the above brands use eco-friendly ingredients and are not tested on animals. Lotte says interest in vegan …

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Products & Launches

Meatless Farm Launches Vegan Steak Into Sainsbury’s

UK meat alternative giant Meatless Farm today announces the launch of a vegan steak NPD into 125 Sainsbury’s stores nationwide, targeting flexitarians and meat-reducers who enjoy red meat but are aware of its environmental impact and stating that in-home steak consumption is currently on the increase*. Meatless Farm joins Vivera – available in Sainsbury’s and Tesco, and the LiveKindly-acquired No Bull steak at Iceland, as plant-based steaks currently available in major British supermarkets. The plant-based steaks are based on pea protein, are soy- and gluten-free, and reportedly emulate the taste and texture of steak made from cows. The Meatless Farm Steak contains over 15g of protein per fillet and creates a lower carbon footprint than its animal meat counterpart. And of course, without the suffering. …

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ZENB creates Plant Council Advisory Board

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Company News

ZENB Forms Plant Council Advisory Board to Inspire Product Innovation

Direct-to-consumer plant-based brand ZENB has announced the formation of a Plant Council Advisory Board. The council will support the brand in its product innovation, trend forecasting, nutrition, and more. The following industry experts are featured on the board: Hunter Fieri: A celebrity chef who previously hosted ZENB’s WHAT PLANTS CAN DO documentary. Keri Glassman: A registered dietitian and nutritionist who has worked with numerous celebrities and been featured on various national TV shows in the US. James and Dahlia Marin: A couple who are both registered dietitians and run a plant-based integrative dietetic practice. Risa Schulman: A functional food and dietary supplements expert with 25 years’ experience. Nutritious whole plant alternatives ZENB hopes the support of the Plant Council Advisory Board will help to get its …

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Products & Launches

Meatless Farm Launches Frozen Range, Including New Vegan Meatballs

Meatless Farm launches frozen range of alt-meat products at Morrisons in time for Veganuary. Meatless Farm, one of the UK’s most popular alt-meat brands, has moved into the frozen category with the launch of five new products. The range features frozen versions of the company’s plant-based chicken burgers, beef burgers, sausages, and mince, as well as a brand new product — vegan meatballs. The frozen products allow for larger pack sizes, which offer improved value and convenience while reducing food waste. All five products will be available at 490 Morrissons stores nationwide by the end of the month. The supermarket has been working to increase its plant-based offerings during Veganuary and has recently launched a new 50-strong range called Plant Revolution. Expansion across four continents …

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NXT LVL PZA Partners With Biggest Names in Vegan Meat For “Secretly Vegan” Pizzas

Brand new London pizzeria NXT LVL PZA is partnering with some of the biggest names in plant-based meat including Heura, Meatless Farm, Beyond Meat, and THIS, to create pizzas that are “secretly vegan” in order to encourage omnivores to switch to a plant-based diet and take pizza to the NXT LVL. Market first The company’s unique branding is based around gaming culture, and it has been confirmed that NXT LVL is the first and only outlet in the UK at present to use Pleese Cheese – New York’s game-changing pizza cheese created without dairy, soy, seeds, or gluten. The new venture sets out this week at its first delivery-only location in London with aptly named products such as: The Pac Mac – with Beyond Meat …

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Agriculture / Agribusiness

Canada’s L’Acadie Vineyards Becomes First Biocyclic Vegan Winery in North America

L’Acadie Vineyards in Gaspereau Nova Scotia, Canada is the first farm and winery in North America to adopt the stringent European Biocyclic Vegan Standard of avoiding all animal inputs in the vineyard and winery, making it the first farm and winery in North America to be qualified to use the Biocyclic Vegan Quality Seal. Biocyclic Vegan agriculture means purely plant-based organic farming. This form of cultivation excludes all commercial livestock farming of animals and does not use any inputs of animal origin in viticulture and winemaking. Special emphasis is placed on the promotion of biodiversity, healthy soil life, the closure of organic cycles and systematic humus build-up. L’Acadie Vineyards is the first organic winery in Nova Scotia since its inception in 2004 and their operations …

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Chris Paul Koia

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Investments & Finance

Vegan Basketball Icon Chris Paul Invests in Koia Plant-Based Protein Shakes 

Following his recent investment in Misha’s Kind Foods, 11-time NBA All-Star Chris Paul has now invested in Koia, leaders in 100% plant-based nutrition shakes. The Phoenix Suns basketballer and Beyond Meat ambassador continues to grow his plant-based investment portfolio.  The investment also furthers Paul’s goal of improving access to healthy foods for disadvantaged communities as well as promoting the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle. Paul has been vegan since 2019 and has experienced substantial improvement to his overall health, performance, and recovery both on and off the court. He is also the founder of The Social Change Fund which counts Beyond Meat as an investor.  Koia produces 100% plant-based, low sugar, health-focused drinks, including protein shakes and smoothies. As part of the new partnership, Paul …

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Petit Filous

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Products & Launches

Petits Filous Rolls out Kid-Friendly Vegan Yogurt after Increased Demand from Parents

The leading child-friendly yogurt brand in the UK, Petits Filous, has launched a new range of vegan yogurts. The dairy-free alternative yogurts are now available at Tesco supermarkets and were launched amid rising demand from parents for plant-based options. Petits Filous, which operates under Yoplait – the world’s largest franchise brand of yogurt – is expanding into the plant-based dairy market for the first time in a bid to provide dairy-free options for children. The new vegan yogurts will be made from almond milk and come in the brand’s top-selling raspberry flavor, certified with the vegan trademark. Yoplait has also launched a premium French yogurt called “Oui by Yoplait” previously, also in response to growing demand for non-dairy options. The dairy-free, plant-based yogurt sector is …

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