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Consumers Choose Quorn and Daiya as 2022 Plant-Based Products of the Year

Data consulting firm Kantar announces Quorn ChiQin Cutlets and Daiya Cheese have been chosen as 2022 Products of the Year in meatless and plant-based categories.  The annual Product of the Year Awards is the largest consumer-voted award for product innovation, says Kantar, and serves as a benchmark for predicting top interests and trends in the year ahead. The Awards also provides a reliable resource for consumers seeking out the best new products in retail or online. Winners in the plant-based and natural categories include:  CBD Gummies | Charlotte’s Web CBD Gummies – Charlotte’s Web, Inc. Meatless | Quorn Meatless Homestyle & Kickin’ ChiQin Cutlets – Quorn Foods Plant-Based Food | Plant-Based Cheeze Shreds – Daiya Probiotics | Bio-K+ Extra Cognition with Cereboost – Bio-K+ International …

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Chicago Town vegan pizza

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Amazon Vegan Product Sales Increase by 61% in the UK

Amazon vegan product sales surge in the UK as interest in plant-based lifestyles reaches an all-time high. Amazon UK has reported that the number of vegan options available on its site has grown by 23% since 2020. Additionally, sales of plant-based products have increased by 61% year on year. Plant milks have seen a particularly large boost in popularity, with Oatly’s Original and Barista flavours coming out on top. On AmazonFresh, the most popular plant-based products are Chicago Town’s stuffed crust pizzas, Itsu Teriyaki Chicken Vegan Gyozas, and Magnum Vegan Almond ice cream. Plant-based product sales have been increasing for some time on Amazon. Last June, the retailer recorded around 44,000 searches for alt-meat products alone, with particular demand for vegan chicken, fish, and burgers. …

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Chocolate Brand Luker Says Oat Milk Accounted for 35% of New Business Leads in 2021

Last year, Colombian B2B chocolate brand Luker launched plant-based chocolate made with oat milk. The launch was hugely successful, with oat milk products accounting for 35% of the company’s new business opportunities in 2021. Several top chocolatiers are now working with Luker to produce artisan vegan products that are better for the planet. The chocolate has been such a success that the company has also developed plant-based white chocolate made with oat milk. The dairy-free chocolates are part of Luker’s health-conscious Balance range. They are made using Colombian Cacao Fino de Aroma, with the “milk” chocolate containing 43% cocoa and the white chocolate containing 36.6%. Plant-based chocolate Recent research by Swiss chocolatier Barry Callebaut found that 74% of consumers eat plant-based chocolate at least occasionally. …

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Heura Chicken BBQ

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Heura Doubles Sales and Grows Retail by Over 300% in Record-Breaking Year

Spanish alt-meat brand Heura reports last year was the most successful yet in the company’s five-year history. In addition to launching several new products, Heura vastly increased its retail footprint from 3,000 to 13,000 locations, doubled overall sales, and expanded its reach to 20 countries.  Spain’s preferred plant-based meat Boosting its incredible success last year, Heura also secured $16 million in investment funding and signed a deal to enter retail behemoth Walmart.  Founded by Marc Coloma and Bernat Añaños in 2017, Heura is on a mission to replace animals in the food system with higher-quality meat “successors”. The company sells a full range of Meditteranean-inspired plant-based chicken, burgers and meatballs, with chorizo and sausage recently added to the lineup.  Heura’s products use a special olive …

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Kerry Reveals 2022 Top Taste Trends in Plant-Based

According to Kerry, one of the world’s leading taste and nutrition companies, taste trends for 2022 are underpinned by proactive health and sustainable nutrition priorities, but also a desire to explore traditional tastes and new formats. Trends that were accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic have developed and will become more sophisticated this year, with consumers seeking new tastes paired with familiar formats and flavours. The insights are contained in Kerry’s Global Taste Charts for 2022, which highlights the flavours and ingredients that are set to inspire food and beverage innovators across the globe. “Consumers travelling the world through their tastebuds” “A desire for authentic flavours is driven by an interest in long-term wellness and overall health following the COVID-19 pandemic, while cravings for more novel …

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No Evil Foods

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No Evil Foods Plant-Based Meats Named a Real Leaders Top 200 Impact Company

No Evil Foods has been selected as a Top 200 Impact Company by Real Leaders, a global media platform dedicated to positive change. The plant-based meat brand was recognized for demonstrating industry leadership and driving positive social and environmental innovations.  Based in North Carolina, No Evil Foods was founded in 2014 by Sadrah Schadel & Mike Woliansky to create minimally processed and nutrient-dense plant-based meats. The couple initially sold their products at local farmer’s markets before quickly expanding and obtaining major distribution deals with Whole Foods Market, Walmart and other large retailers.  In 2020, No Evil Foods became the first Plastic Negative Certified plant-based meat company by partnering with rePurpose Global. Through the agreement, No Evil Foods removes as much plastic as it creates by …

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Barvecue Announces New Retail Partnerships and Giveaways for Veganuary

North Carolina’s Barvecue, producer of plant-based BBQ pulled “pork”, announces three retail launches as well as promotions with Lowes Foods and Central Market and an Instagram giveaway to mark Veganuary. Building on the remarkable momentum achieved in 2021, Barvecue is now partnering with New Seasons Market in January followed by Harmons Grocery and The Fresh Market in early February, bringing its retail footprint to 950+ stores across the US. Continued trajectory of plant-based success In February 2021 Barvecue launched its full line of plant-based meats is available now on ShopVejii.com. The following month, the company announced it had broken ground on the world’s largest plant-based smokehouse – a 10,000 square foot production facility called The Carolina Smokehouse with an initial capacity of 800,000 pounds per year. In May, …

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Beyond Meat Pizza Hut Canada Sausage

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CORRECTION / UPDATE: Pizza Hut Canada

*URGENT UPDATE* Yesterday we published an article related to the availability of Beyond Meat in Pizza Hut Canada. At the time of publishing it was assumed that the pizzas would be vegan if ordered without cheese. However, we have since heard from the company that Pizza Hut’s doughs and crusts contain milk. As such, these dishes are absolutely not vegan and we have removed the article. We apologize for any confusion that may have been caused. vegconomist team

Danish Crown

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Europe’s Biggest Pork Producer Danish Crown Enters Plant-Based, Expecting “Major Double-Digit” Millions

Danish Crown, the biggest producer of pork in Europe and the largest beef processor in Denmark, has entered the plant-based market with a range of plant-based food under its Den Grønne Slagter brand, which the company says will bring in “a major double-digit million sum” in sales this year. “If plant-based food grows as fast as some people think, it will replace something else, and then the best product will win.” Back in 2019, Danish Crown announced it was to stop slaughtering pigs at one of its facilities in Germany and that it had plans to produce plant-based products and burgers. “Meat is meat, and plants are plants.” Five days later, speaking to vegconomist, previous CEO Finn Klostermann revealed that Danish Crown’s vegan products would …

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Live Green Co. Raises $7M, Will Relocate From Chile to Boston MA

The Live Green Co has raised $7 million in Pre-Series A funding to make food cleaner and more sustainable with AI-driven plant-based ingredients. The company reports it has increased revenue by 10x since 2020. Founded in Chile in 2018, the food tech startup hopes to usher in “Plant-Based 2.0” –  shifting alternative protein from removing animal products to also eliminating processed ingredients and plastic packaging. To fulfill this bold mission, The Live Green Co is relocating to Boston, MA where the company will develop the AI capacities of Charaka, its proprietary intelligence platform. An AI recommendation engine Through Charaka, The Live Green Co leverages machine learning and the “ancestral wisdom” of plant nutrition to analyze thousands of plants and plant combinations. This information is used …

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