Mother Raw Queso Dip with Pretzel

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Mother Raw Dressings Announces 35% Growth, Expands Product Range and Retail Presence

Mother Raw, which sells plant-based dips, dressings and queso, announces the brand saw 35% growth in Q1 of 2022 as it enters new stores and continues to expand product offerings.  Originally from Canada, Mother Raw first entered the North American retail market in 2019. Since then, propelled by the success of its dips and queso, the brand’s products are now sold in over 5,000 retail locations, including Whole Foods Market, Lassens, Sprouts, Safeway and Albertsons.  Free of artificial ingredients Its current portfolio includes 27 products that are soy, gluten, and canola oil-free, including Ranch and Caesar dressings, queso cheese, creamy dips, ketchup and BBQ sauce. In March, the brand introduced an innovative line of egg-free Aioli Dips in chipotle, garlic and sriracha flavors.  To create …

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Alt Milk Brand Minor Figures Becomes B Corp Certified

Minor Figures, the UK’s No.1 fastest-growing alt milk brand with products available in over 40 countries, announces it is now one of 4,856 B Corps around the world. The news comes weeks after the company announced it is expecting 100% YOY growth in revenue for the next three years, following a year of sustained growth and an RSV increase of £9million. In terms of sustainability, the company says it offsets 100% of its carbon emissions by investing in carbon credits to support carbon removal projects, including: Shade Grown Coffee Project, Nicaragua, Bamboo Aforestation Project, Nicaragua, and Chinchiná River Forestry Project, Colombia, which work to restore biodiversity, reforestation, and support local communities. Additionally, Minor Figures began a scheme last September to place oat m*lk refill stations …

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Planet Based Foods Gets New Listing on OTCQB Market and DTC Approval

Planet Based Foods, which produces hemp-based meat products, announces the company has begun trading its subordinate voting shares on the US-based OTCQB equity market under the symbol “PBFFF”. In addition to trading in the US, Planet Based Foods’ subordinate voting shares continue to trade on the Canadian Securities Exchange (CSE)  as “PBF” and the German Börse Frankfurt (FRA) exchange under the symbol “AZ0”. Planet Based says the move will increase its visibility and transparency while enhancing liquidity and shareholder value.  The OTCQB is a mid-tier equity market recognized by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission which provides public information for analysis and value of securities. Planet Based says it has also received approval from DTC, a subsidiary of the Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation. …

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Clive’s Purely Plants to Launch at Asda After Being Chosen For Chain’s Incubator Program

UK-based vegan bakery Clive’s Purely Plants has been selected to be part of supermarket chain Asda’s Nurture Programme. The incubator programme helps emerging brands enter Asda stores nationwide. Clive’s range of pies and pastries will soon be available at 72 of the chain’s stores, and shoppers will be able to vote for which products they want to stay. The range includes Clive’s new Creamy Mushroom Puff Pie and Saag Aloo Puff Pie, as well as established products such as the Chickeny Puff Pie and what the brand claims is the world’s first vegan Quiche Lorraine. There are also gluten-free options like the Tomato & Olive Tart, Mushroom & Leek Pie, and Chickpea Tagine Pie. All Clive’s products come in plastic-free packaging. Growth and expansion Clive’s …

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PlantX Rebrands Brick & Mortar Stores in Collaboration With BESTIES Vegan Paradise

Plant-based retailer PlantX has announced a strategic collaboration with BESTIES Vegan Paradise, a vegan supermarket in Los Angeles. BESTIES was founded in 2019 by vegan activists and entrepreneurs Asia Phoenix and Matt Fontana. The supermarket has been named Best Grocery Store for two years running in the VegNews Veggie Awards. As part of the collaboration, PlantX’s two brick-and-mortar XMarket stores — located in Hillcrest and Venice, California — will be rebranded as BESTIES stores. The locations will also begin selling some BESTIES branded products, such as vegan soft serve. Additionally, PlantX customers in Los Angeles and San Diego will now be able to receive same-day deliveries when they order from the PlantX website. The PlantX journey PlantX began as an e-commerce platform, described as “the …

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Higgidy Launches New Vegan Pastries, Will Be 75% Meat-Free by the End of 2022

UK pastry brand Higgidy has launched two new vegan pastries, a further step towards its goal of making three-quarters of its products meatless by the end of the year. The new products are the Petit Pois & Courgette flavour Little Vegan Quiche and the Roasted Chickpea Masala Vegan Pie. The quiche has seeded shortcrust pastry and a filling seasoned with mint and chilli. It will launch at Tesco and Waitrose on April 11. The pie, which contains layers of creamy chickpea curry, will be available at Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, and Ocado from April 6. Higgidy has also increased its vegetarian range with three new quiches — Mediterranean Pepper & Feta, Garden Greens & Ricotta, and Petit Pois & Whipped Feta (the latter is limited edition). Additionally, …

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Dharma Southern Kitchen Chicken Sandwich

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Dharma Southern Kitchen Announces Huge Expansion Plan for US Southeast and Beyond

Dharma Southern Kitchen, a vegan comfort food restaurant based in Orlando, FL, has announced it is expanding in Florida throughout 2022, and embarking on a strategic growth plan for the Southeast US and beyond in 2023. Through a new investment fund campaign, the chain intends to open company or franchise locations in every major US city in the next five to eight years.  Southern with a vegan twist Dharma says it differs from most vegan fast-casual concepts by focusing on “down-home” comfort fare like fried chick’n, mac ‘n cheese, grits and slaw. The chain’s top-selling items include:   Nashville “Hawt” – Spicy fried chik’n with pickles and white BBQ slaw The Orange Bird – Florida citrus BBQ chik’n topped with roasted garlic sauce Biscuits n’ Gravy …

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Willicroft Becomes Europe’s First Plant-Based Cheese B-Corp

Willicroft, the vegan cheese specialist based in Amsterdam, has become the first plant-based cheese brand in Europe to achieve B-Corp certification. The news comes as Willicroft opens its first brick-and-mortar store stocking a selection of the best up-and-coming plant-based cheeses. The B-corp certification addresses the social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability of a business’s operations and covers five key areas: governance, workers, community, environment, and customers. Willicroft scored a total of 108.5 points overall, with the vegan cheesemaker hoping to increase its rating even further over the coming years.  The Willicroft brand takes its name from the former dairy farm of founder Brad Vanstone’s family, with the now 100% vegan dairy company on a mission to reimagine how we consume cheese. The brand recently …

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ProVeg Launches New Food Hub as Ultimate Guide to Increasing Plant-Based Revenue

ProVeg International has launched a platform called the New Food Hub, which provides expert guides to help plant-based businesses increase their revenue. The Hub will feature content such as global market data, case studies, and professional recommendations. Designed for busy people, it provides actionable content such as: 7 key development strategies for plant-based products Convenience by design: How to make plant-based products easy for consumers 5 marketing fails to avoid with plant-based foods How to use influencers to grow your plant-based products. The platform also features advice on optimising product ranges, avoiding common R&D mistakes, improving in-store product placement, and communicating effectively with consumers. “The New Food Hub will provide critical information as we enter into the next phase of growth as an industry,” said …

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VFC Shares Eco Impact Assessment as US Expansion Gathers Pace

VFC, the vegan fried chick*n brand taking the world by storm, has released the results of an independent impact assessment showing the meat-free range to outperform its animal equivalent across every environmental metric. The news comes as the activism-focused brand continues to expand its plant-based fried chicken in the US market. Laying down a challenge to the meat industry to “come clean and then clean up”, VFC asked Mondra, a body that analyses supply chain data to assess environmental performance in the food industry, to give an independent impact assessment. It found that the conventional chicken product has double the climate impact, uses 24 times more water, and has a 20 times greater impact on biodiversity.  Wrong side of history Speaking to vegconomist, VFC co-founder Matthew …

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Vegan Mayonnaise Not a Phase: Here’s the Sauce on the Best New and Emerging Mayos in Plant-Based

Vegan mayonnaise is continuing to thrive (projected CAGR of 8.1% to 2027) as young consumers globally make conscious purchasing choices and consumers become increasingly aware of health and environmental issues around eggs and dairy. Here we take a look at some of the key moves and innovations in vegan mayo around the world. When mayo turns into eggs Famously, Hampton Creek stormed the US market with its mayo around 2014 then rebranded and refocused to JUST Egg in 2017 after a well-documented corporate scandal, after which the popular Just Mayo became unavailable. The company evolved into Eat Just where it now focuses on both the JUST Egg and its cultivated arm GOOD Meat, which recently became the most funded cell-cultured company with a total of …

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Minor Figures Predicts 100% YOY growth as Barista Oat Trio Rolls Out Into Tesco

Minor Figures, which claims to be the UK’s No.1 fastest-growing alt milk brand, today announces the launch of its trio of oat m*lks into Tesco and a list of independent retailers through distributors such as Bidfood & Stores Supply. The product portfolio is now available in over 40 countries worldwide. From next Monday 21st March, Tesco will stock Barista, Barista Organic, and latest addition Barista Light, across 700 stores nationwide. This expansion brings the brand’s UK retail footprint to 2,500 grocery stores and over 5,000 coffee shops and independents, following a reported period of sustained growth which saw its RSV increase by £9million in the last 12 months. Furthermore, Minor Figures states that it is projecting a 100% YOY growth in revenue for the next …

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SuperMeat Partners With Ajinomoto to Accelerate Commercialisation of Cultivated Meat

Israel’s SuperMeat has announced a strategic collaboration with Japanese biotech company Ajinomoto to speed up the commercialisation of cultivated meat. As part of the collaboration, SuperMeat’s expertise in cultivated meat will be combined with Ajinomoto’s proprietary R&D technologies in the fields of biotechnology and fermentation. This will allow the companies to develop supply chain solutions while simultaneously increasing acceptance of cultivated meat products. Additionally, Ajinomoto will invest in SuperMeat as one of its corporate venture capital projects. A key area of focus for the partnership will be developing improved cell growth media, which will be necessary to make cultivated meat cost-competitive with conventional meat. Much of the cost of the media comes from the growth factors used, and improvements will need to be made by …

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Natural Beauty Brand Faith in Nature Secures £2.5M for New Production Facility

UK-based beauty brand Faith in Nature has received a £2.5 million loan from Cynergy Bank to build a larger production facility. The company applied for the loan after outgrowing its existing site due to an increase in demand. The new site will be built near Faith in Nature’s existing facility in Radcliffe, Manchester, allowing the company to keep its existing workers while taking on new staff and increasing sales. Expansion Faith in Nature produces vegan soaps, haircare, and skincare products made with natural and organic ingredients. The brand, which started out in a cottage kitchen in 1974, expects a turnover of £20 million by the end of the next financial year. Faith in Nature products are available at major UK chains Boots and Holland & …

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Nestlé to Open Alt-Meat Facility in Serbia, Will Produce 12,000 Tons Annually

Multinational food conglomerate Nestlé has announced it is building an alt-meat facility in Serbia for its Garden Gourmet brand. The facility will cost $73 million to build and cover 18,440 square metres. Construction of the manufacturing plant is already underway and is expected to be complete by the final quarter of 2022. The facility will create 330 jobs and produce 12,000 tons of plant-based meat per year. Meat alternatives produced at the factory will be exported mostly to other European markets such as France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, and the UK. Garden Gourmet in Europe Last September, Nestlé relaunched Garden Gourmet in the UK with a range of four products — mince, burgers, sausages, and filet pieces. The brand had previously been pulled from …

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