Misunderstood Hard Oat Nog

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Misunderstood Whiskey to Debut ‘America’s First’ Hard Oat Nog for Holiday Season

Whiskey brewer Misunderstood Whiskey will soon debut what it calls America’s first ready-to-drink hard Oat Nog. Set to launch this fall, the limited-release Oat Nog Liqueur will provide a vegan, allergy-friendly alternative to traditional milk- and cream-based eggnog. The Oat Nog Liqueur (14% ABV) features Misunderstood’s Ginger Spiced Whiskey blended with oat milk to provide a light, smooth and creamy taste. According to the brand, the Nog provides a light and flavorful alternative to traditional eggnog, while being free from common allergens such as eggs, lactose, nuts and gluten. “Our goal has always been to change perceptions with products that taste so good they make you think twice about a category,” said Chris Buglisi, co-founder of Misunderstood Whiskey Company. “First, it was bringing together flavored …


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Glebe Farm Foods: “We Have Big Plans to Redefine the UK Plant Milk Market”

Glebe Farm says it has always prided itself on being the only UK company to produce gluten-free oat milk from scratch. Now, the brand is looking to shake up the UK plant milk market by encouraging a shift away from imported products. A recent poll by Glebe found that 34% of consumers don’t know where their oat milk comes from, despite 70% believing it is important to be aware of the origins of food and drink. “THE BIG PLANT MILK CON: Yes we said it…Big oat milk names = big, hefty food miles. When we CAN grow oats in the UK why import from overseas? Support real British farming and legit sustainability.” Glebe Farm on LinkedIn Respondents strongly supported labelling plant milks with their origin, …


Protein-boosted hard juice

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Brendan Brazier’s Pulp Culture Partners With EVERY Co. for “World’s First” Protein-Boosted Hard Juice

Functional beverage brand Pulp Culture, co-founded by former endurance athlete Brendan Brazier, has joined forces with The EVERY Co. to launch what it claims is the first ever protein-boosted hard juice. Called BUILD, the “hyper-functional” drink includes probiotics, adaptogens, super fruits, and superfoods, along with 5g of EVERY Protein. It contains 4.9% naturally occurring alcohol and is sugar-free. EVERY Protein EVERY Protein took seven years of R&D to develop and is said to be “nearly invisible”, with a neutral taste and good solubility properties. Previously known as ClearEgg, it is identical to a protein found in egg white. The Pulp Culture launch marks EVERY’s first entry into the alcoholic beverage segment. EVERY Protein is one of three products now offered by the company. The others …


Blue Farm founders

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Berlin’s Blue Farm Secures Approx €3M for “Radically Redeveloping” Oat Milk

Berlin-based start-up Blue Farm, producer of award-winning powered oat drinks, announces it has closed a round of funding to the tune of around €3 million. Since its launch in early 2021, Blue Farm has sold enough oat drink powder to create over 750,000 litres of oat drink. The Oat Base Bio was awarded the Vegan Food Award for Best Plant Drink 2022 by PETA. Blue Farm states it is “radically redeveloping milk” with its powdered plant-based products, which include oat bases and oat latte bases. By eliminating water and selling only the fermented plant base, the company is significantly reducing the footprint of oat milk. Blue Farm is able to deliver 8L of plant milk, free of additives, directly to the consumer’s mailbox. The round …


Real Deal Milk

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Spain’s Real Deal Milk is Ready to Make Animal-Free Cheese

The CEO and founder of Barcelona-based Real Deal Milk, Zoltan Toth-Czifra, announced in a virtual conference hosted by Mylkcubator that the team is ready to scale up its process for making animal-free cheese. Mylkcubator, a program for cellular agriculture in the dairy industry, hosted a Demo Day in April, marking the incubator’s first cohort event. Using precision fermentation, Real Deal Milk claimed that it could successfully produce casein and whey proteins to make dairy without cows. Microorganisms can make milk proteins Animal-free proteins are made using microorganisms that can create ingredients, in this case, proteins, following DNA instructions. Microbes are then grown in fermenters and fed water, minerals, and plant-based nutrients, eliminating farm animals from the process. Toth-Czifra explained that Real Deal’s animal-free dairy products …


plant-based cream liqueur

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Plant-Based Cream Liqueur Brand LUSTRE Launches Across the UK

Drinks producer and distributor Global Brands is launching a plant-based cream liqueur at various bars, pubs, and late-night venues across the UK. Known as LUSTRE, the liqueur will be available in three flavours — pineapple cream with rum, strawberry cream with tequila, and caffe latte cream with vodka. All flavours are described as “easy drinking” with “a thick, creamy mouthfeel”. The liqueur’s base is made from a blend of soy protein and coconut oil. It is said to generate three times fewer carbon emissions per litre than dairy liqueurs, while requiring 95% less water to produce. Vegan liqueur In 2018, Bailey’s became one of the first brands to launch a plant-based cream liqueur, while Bom Bom launched a hemp milk variety. Last year saw the …


What’s Trending in the Plant Based World?

Claire Roper, Industry Expert and Plant Based World Expo Advisor, explores the latest trends that will be on display at the show and looks ahead at the future of the plant-based sector.   The Current Landscape With more than a quarter of Brits aiming to reduce their meat intake, the plant-based food market has grown rapidly over the last five years. In fact, sales of meat and dairy-free alternatives have doubled, making plant-based one of the fastest growing categories in retail. Whilst this trend isn’t new, the pandemic undoubtedly accelerated the move towards plant-based eating. COVID-19 prompted people to re-evaluate their priorities, with many taking steps to improve their health and live more sustainably. Reducing the intake of animal products offered a simple way to …



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abillion Announces World’s Ten Best Vegan Milks 2022

abillion recently released the results its awards for the World’s Ten Best Vegan Milks for 2022, based on over 2 million consumer reviews of vegan products on the abillion app. The ten winning vegan milk products were determined by evaluating over 26,000 reviews of 3,500 plant-based milk products from abillion members in 86 countries, posted from July 2021 to June 2022. Amongst the 86 countries, abillion found that consumption of vegan milks was highest amongst members in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Spain, South Africa, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and the United States. In first place this year is Danone-owned Alpro, a leader in the plant-based food category for over 40 years. Alpro Barista Soya is named the people’s choice for the world’s best …


almond drinks by MALK Organics

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Clean Label MALK Organics Announces New Chocolate Oat & Retail Expansion

Founded in 2015, the on-trend brand MALK Organics claims it prides itself on “leading the charge for cleaner products in the plant-based milk category”. This week the Austin Texas producer announces the launch of its new Chocolate Oat variety as well as significant distribution expansion. Known for its clean label, cold-pressed almond and oat milks containing only 3-5 simple ingredients with no glyphosates, gums, fillers, or oils, MALK’s existing products include Unsweetened Almond, Vanilla Almond, Original Oat, and Vanilla Oat. MALK tapped into the burgeoning nut milk trend in its early days and its portfolio has been available in Kroger, Whole Foods and HEB since 2018. A year later the Texan team launched a MALK Creamer line exclusively into Whole Foods Markets, created with gluten-free organic …


Chinova Bioworks beer

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Chinova Bioworks Develops “Game Changing” Vegan Fining Agent Made From Mushrooms

Chinova Bioworks, a Canadian company using fungi to reduce food waste, announces the launch of Mycobrio™ — a mushroom-derived fining agent which can replace synthetic and animal-derived fining agents such as isinglass and gelatin, traditionally used in fermented drinks such as beers and wines. Mycobrio™ is described as a natural extract fiber derived from the stems of white button mushrooms, which serves as a fining agent for the alcoholic and low/non-alcoholic wine, beer, cider, seltzer, and spirits market, and as broad spectrum protection against spoilage caused by yeast, mold, and bacteria. Removing animal ingredients from beverages The newly developed ingredient can be used in the fining of yeast, tannins, proteins, and other matter from beer, wine, cider, and seltzers. It is an advanced natural replacement …


notmilk sugar free

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NotCo Launches New NotMilk Sugar-Free in Argentina

Unstoppable Chilean plant-based Unicorn NotCo has added another option to its range of plant-based drinks with NotMilk Sugar-Free. The product is created from a combination of plant ingredients including pea protein, pineapple, and cabbage. In 2021 the company debuted a dairy-free range entailing three products: NotMilk® Original; Low Fat; and Chocolate flavoured NotMilk. Said to be a true alternative to milk, ideal for cooking and generating the perfect foam for coffee, each litre of NotMilk® requires 92% less water and releases 74% less CO₂ than animal milk production. The company states that NotMilk Sugar-Free is unique in the market by offering true animal milk flavour, with the same texture, creaminess and foam, whilst being 100% plant-based and sugar-free. The news closely follows the launch of …


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EXBERRY to Demonstrate Sustainable Beverages at drinktec 2022

GNT portfolio brand EXBERRY® Coloring Foods, a manufacturer and global leader in plant-based concentrates, will demonstrate how its EXBERRY range can be used to create sustainable beverages at drinktec 2022. EXBERRY® Coloring Foods are produced utilising conventional physical processing techniques on non-GMO fruits, vegetables, and plants. They are therefore regarded as food ingredients rather than additives and are eligible for clean label statements in the EU. In April 2022, EXBERRY released a report detailing its plans to become the leader in its field in terms of sustainability, including ambitions to cut the environmental footprint of its product range by 25%. Following the announcement of its plans, the company will demonstrate how its EXBERRY® range can be used to create a vast array of colorful, clean-label, …



Oatly And DKSH Expand Partnership as Malaysian Plant-Based Scene Continues to Thrive

As Malaysia continues to grow into a plant-based hub, following neighboring countries Hong Kong and Singapore, DKSH Malaysia announces plans to support Oatly Asia through its market expansion services. DKSH Business Unit Consumer Goods, a leading partner for FMCG companies seeking to grow their business in Asia and beyond, has announced an expanded partnership with Oatly Asia to expand the presence of the oat milk pioneer in Malaysia. Malaysia catches up in the plant-based game While many plant-based offerings in local supermarkets and restaurants are imported from Hong Kong or Singapore, the domestic industry for plant-based alternatives is starting to grow significantly. In June 2022, Malaysian plant-based producer Phuture Foods announced a series of new partnerships with leading Asian brands to strengthen its position in …


vegan wine sales increase

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UK Vegan Wine Sales Rise by 51% in Two Years

UK brand Virgin Wines has reported that its vegan wine sales rose from 1,149,869 to 1,735,730 bottles between 2019 and 2021 — a jump of 51%. Since 2020, Virgin Wines has significantly expanded its vegan range from 300 to over 400 varieties. A survey carried out by the brand two years ago found that a huge 36% of consumers were choosing vegan wines, motivated mainly by animal welfare and environmental concerns. Vegan wine in the UK UK consumers can now choose from a huge range of animal-free wines. In March, Aldi UK launched a Vegan Favourites Wine Pack containing six premium varieties, while supermarket chain SPAR made all 70 of its own-brand wines vegan-friendly at the beginning of the year. Marks & Spencer also has …


Cashew nuts

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Cashew Milk to Represent $207.7M of Plant-Based Milk Market by End of 2022

Cashew milk products are becoming more popular globally, attracting consumer appeal due to its low sugar and fat content. North America held a commanding 40% share in 2021 and the Chinese market is also increasing. According to a recent report, the cashew milk market is set to grow at a CAGR of 6.3% between now and 2033 and is estimated to acquire approximately $207.7  million of the entire plant-based milk market by the end of this year. Hypermarkets and supermarkets are expected to contribute a significant revenue share and ecommerce is set to continue its growth worldwide. Demand for frozen desserts is also driving the cashew milk market, as non-dairy products continue to be added to the portfolios of value chain stakeholders. Alpro offers a …