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Else Debuts Full Infant and Child Nutrition Line at Fresh Thyme Markets

Else Nutrition (OCT: BABYF) announces it is launching its full range of Baby, Toddler and Kids Nutrition products at all 71 Fresh Thyme Market stores. The company’s plant-based nutrition products will be available in ten states, including IL, IA, WI, MN, MO, IN, MI, OH, KY and PA. Fresh Thyme will offer Else Toddler, Toddler Omega, Kids Nutritional Drink in Chocolate and Vanilla, as well as three flavors of Baby Super Cereal. “At Fresh Thyme Market, we are committed to offering our customers real food at low prices, helping people live better and healthier lives,” said Liz Zolcak, President of Fresh Thyme Market. “Else’s plant-based food is a natural fit and will help meet our shoppers wherever they are on their wellness journey. We couldn’t …


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Market & Trends

Report Says Meat Alternatives in Japan Have Entered Mainstream

A recent market report finds that meat alternatives in Japan have become increasingly mainstream, driven partly by a shift in consciousness since the pandemic, as well as a high acceptance of soy-based meat. The GlobalData report projects the Japanese market to reach JPY36.3 billion ($373.5 million) by 2026, with a CAGR of 5%. High affinity for soy The upswing is reportedly led by the country’s tendency towards soy-based products, which as we earlier reported, have witnessed a boom over the past two years. Soy-based foods such as soy sauce and miso are deeply ingrained in traditional Japanese culture, as such, meats created from soy are trusted by the Japanese consumer. Nikkei Asia reported in September that despite a 1.5X price increase on soybean crops since …


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Nestlé to Launch Plant-Based Toll House Chocolate Morsels in 2023

Nestlé USA announces it is planning to debut a new plant-based version of its Toll House chocolate morsels. According to the conglomerate, which released a line of allergy-friendly, dairy-free chocolate morsels in 2018, the upcoming product will reportedly be newly positioned with more innovative ingredients, says Axios. “Nestlé Toll House plant-based morsels will be a brand-new product within the Toll House portfolio,” Nestlé said in a statement. “As we continue to look to innovate in the plant-based category, baking is an area we’re excited to explore.” Nestlé says the new plant-based chocolate morsels might potentially debut in stores in early 2023.  “Plant-based, especially for those that are trying to avoid dairy, can be one of those places where you feel like you have to compromise,” …


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Cultivated, Cell-Cultured & Biotechnology

UPSIDE Foods Discusses Next Steps Following FDA Green Light

UPSIDE Foods, a food tech company that recently received GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) status for its cultivated chicken, has been in the spotlight following the achievement, one which will cause a ripple effect throughout the cultivated meat industry across the planet in terms of regulatory approvals. In an interview with Yahoo! Finance, CEO Uma Valeti discussed the key points around this significant milestone. Price parity Valeti emphasized the importance of achieving price parity with conventional meat products. Currently, the small-scale production and challenges in product market allocation for retail result in a premium price for cultivated meat. Valeti predicts that the industry can reach price parity in 5-15 years. UPSIDE chicken is real chicken Valeti also clarified that UPSIDE’s cultivated chicken is not a …


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Charity & Campaigns

Key Moments for Plant-Based Promotions: Meat-Free Week

Is your business looking to target the ever-growing number of consumers eating plant-based products? You can boost sales and enhance your company’s reputation by engaging with time-bound and seasonal food-related events, celebrations, and challenges, like Veganuary, Meat-Free May, BBQ season, and Christmas, as a few examples.  ProVeg International has recently published an article – the second of a special three-part series – that investigates key moments throughout the year for plant-based promotions. The article takes a deep dive into spring, summer, and the multiple meat-free weeks which occur throughout the year.  Meat-free events around the world Meat-free weeks are becoming increasingly popular; numerous events take place globally. Though they differ in place and date, they all share the same concept and goal – to encourage …



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DSM Launches “World’s Only” Soy-Free TVP Containing All 9 Essential Amino Acids

DSM announces the launch of Vertis™ Textured Pea Canola Protein, which the company claims is the world’s only textured vegetable protein (TVP) with all nine essential amino acids necessary to be a complete protein, made without soy, gluten, or dairy. The new Vertix texturized protein blends pea protein and Vertis™ CanolaPRO®, an isolate with complete protein unlocked from canola seeds — a product that took DSM a decade of research and was introduced to the market as recently as last week. According to DSM, combining both ingredients gives alternative meats a flexible, firm, and meat-like texture allowing manufacturers to create realistic meat-like analogs with high nutritional profiles, free from major allergens. This new ingredient is the company’s latest addition to its Vertis portfolio, which includes a …


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Manufacturing & Technology

Umiami Acquires Former Unilever Site to Produce Plant-Based Whole Cuts in France

French alt-meat producer Umiami, which specialises in whole cuts of plant-based meats, has acquired a former Unilever production facility in its home country. Located in Duppegheim, the 14,000 m2 site will be Umiami’s first commercial-scale plant, after the opening of its innovation centre (featuring a pilot production facility) in June. The factory will be able to produce up to 22,000 tonnes of meat and seafood alternatives per year. According to Umiami, the new facility will be the only one in the world capable of producing plant-based versions of any type of meat or fish fillet. Production will begin in the second half of next year. Proprietary production process Extrusion, the most common method of making meat alternatives, is only able to produce small chunks or …


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Stony Creek Colors Raises $4.8M for Plant-Based Indigo Denim Dye

Stony Creek Colors, a US company claiming to be the only industrial-scale manufacturer of 100% bio-based indigo globally, has raised $4.8 million in funding. The Series B2 round was led by Lewis & Clark AgriFood and Levi Strauss & Co, longstanding partners of Stony Creek. The dye manufacturer plans to use the funding to further develop its farming infrastructure and dye extraction process, following the company’s $9 million Series B raise last year.  Certified by the USDA BioPreferred Program, Stony Creek has a vertically integrated model allowing for full traceability. The company’s proprietary indigo varieties are grown across 500 acres of land in Tennessee, Kentucky, and Florida, in a process that fixes nitrogen and absorbs carbon. The indigo can also be used as part of …


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Facts & Figures

Vegan Cheese Brand Simply V to Launch in the UK After Appearance at PBWE

Last week, German vegan cheese brand Simply V made its first major UK appearance at Plant Based World Expo in London. After showcasing its cheeses at the event, which is Europe’s largest trade fair for plant-based products, the company has announced that it will be launching in the UK in March 2023. Five products will initially be available — gourmet slices in the flavours Mild and Intense, two varieties designed for grating and pasta respectively, and a mature cheddar-style block. The latter product will initially be exclusive to the UK. Simply V’s cheeses are made from almonds and a select few other ingredients. They are the market leader in Germany and are also available in Austria, Switzerland, the Benelux region, and Scandinavia. Highly popular cheese …


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Sweets & Snacks

Kallø Expands Best-Selling Range of Lentil & Pea-Based Veggie Cakes

UK-based healthy snack brand Kallø has added to its range of Veggie Cakes with a new flavour — Sea Salt & Cider Vinegar. The snacks, which are similar to rice cakes, are made from functional ingredients (lentils and peas) to provide an even healthier twist that is high in plant protein. Kallø is by far the UK’s top-selling rice cake brand, with a 29.2% market share. “We’re seeing shoppers pay for added value products delivering on functionality, taste, and convenience – such as Kallø Veggie Cakes. This has prompted the range to accelerate, driving +8% value growth for the brand since last year alongside our chocolate-topped rice cakes,” the company told vegconomist. Kallø’s Veggie Cakes were first launched in 2020 and have seen 6% growth …


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The Herbivorous Butcher: “Learn Everything You Can About Your Product and Stand Behind It”

The Herbivorous Butcher of Minneapolis consists of Kale and Aubry Walch who together have operated one of the very first fully plant-based butcher shops since way before plant-based was in its current incarnation, running popups and farmers market stalls from 2014 and opening the first brick-and-mortar in 2016. The brother and sister duo became known to many of us outside of the USA when in 2021 they won the rights to use the phrase “vegan butcher” following a court battle with Nestle, thus gaining worldwide press coverage and a place in the hearts of vegans, especially in their home state where THB has gone from strength to strength, going on to found an animal sanctuary as well as a vegan fried chicken concept, Herbie Butcher’s …


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Food & Beverage

Miyoko’s Creamery and Frankie & Jo’s Bring Back Exclusive Holiday Ice Cream

Miyoko’s Creamery and Seattle ice cream shop Frankie & Jo’s announce the return of their exclusive holiday ice cream collaboration featuring Miyoko’s award-winning butter.  Toffee and more Launching December 1st, the new vegan Butter Toffee and Chocolate Ice Cream includes caramel ice cream swirled with bite-sized butter toffee bars dipped in dark chocolate. The unique flavor is made from Miyoko’s cultured vegan butter, a premium dairy-free butter used by top chefs throughout the country.  The new pint collaboration, which runs through the month of December, will be available at all Seattle locations of Frankie & Jo’s as well as through nationwide US shipping on Miyoko’s website.  Artisan ice cream Frankie & Jo’s is a popular plant-based ice cream shop with three store locations in Seattle, …


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Fairs & Events

Clive’s Purely Plants Crowned Twice at Plant-Based Taste Awards 2022

Among 21 categories with over 140 products judged in the Plant-Based Taste Awards at London’s Plant Based World Expo this week, Clive’s Purely Plants was awarded not once but twice for its popular vegan pies. The brand’s Organic Red Pepper Harissa Quiche won the Best Plant-Based Deli Product, while its Organic Coronation Chickpea Puff Pie with creamy coconut and apricot won the Best Plant-Based Pie category. Esther Pearson, Clive’s managing director, commented: “I am thrilled that two of our newest products won these prestigious awards. We are all passionate at Clive’s about showing that plant-based never has to mean compromising on taste. We are super proud of the exciting innovation from our recently accredited BRCGS AA Bakery.” Clive’s Purely Plants, formerly known as Clive’s Pies, has been …



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Products & Launches

GrownAs* Foods to “Revolutionize” Vegan Mac and Cheese With These Gourmet Flavors

GrownAs* Foods says it has reimagined vegan mac and cheese with these new Classic and Truffle varieties that apparently “cut the crap” found in conventional counterparts. A subsidiary of Colorado’s Seed Ranch Flavor Co; GrownAs* Foods states its intention to revolutionize the mac and cheese category by manufacturing clean ingredient, gourmet mac and cheese products for the modern market. The company also sells its vegan cheese to food service providers. Vegan mac and cheese is a relatively unsaturated market; at time of publication, the brands offering boxed vegan varieties in the US include Daiya, Banza, Annie’s, Chickapea, Trader Joe’s, and Goodles. According to the Boulder-based sauce specialist, what makes the GrownAs* products unique is their “stellar nutrition profile”, including simple ingredients like nutritional yeast, smoked …


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Products & Launches

Spain’s Doctor Salsas Launches Ultra Hot Sauces For the Spicy Vegan

Doctor Salsas, a Spanish producer of spicy dressings and sauces, has launched Carolina Reaper sauce on the market along with three other vegan-friendly sauces: Habanero, Chipotle and Jalapeño. The company states that the Carolina Reaper sauce is made with one of the “hottest chillies in the world” and is designed to accompany grilled, roasted or baked dishes. The Chipotle sauce is made with smoked ripe jalapeño peppers with moderate spiciness, specially crafted as a base for dressings, marinades and stir-fries. The Habanero sauce is suitable for dressing fajitas or traditional dishes due to its citrus flavour and medium level of spiciness. The Jalapeño sauce, on the other hand, has a milder level of spiciness and fresher flavour intended for those who are just starting out …