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Fast Casual Chain Coolgreens to Trial Motif FoodWorks’ Innovative Plant-Based Cheese

Healthy fast casual chain Coolgreens announces it is testing a groundbreaking plant-based cheese created by Boston-based Motif FoodWorks. The dairy-free cheese will be available exclusively at Coolgreens’ Delray Beach, FL location beginning Nov. 15th. Motif’s cheese will be offered on Coolgreen’s signature Avocado Crunch sandwich and Southwest salad, as well as the non-vegan Chicken Fresca sandwich. Motif’s innovation is said to offer the same creamy taste, stretch and melt of traditional dairy cheese.  Though it has not yet disclosed the product’s ingredients, Motif revealed in 2021 it had acquired exclusive access to new food technologies it said had “the potential to transform” consumers’ experience with plant-based meat and cheese.  For its cheese, Motif licensed prolamin technology from the University of Guelph, which uses plant-based ingredients to …


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Madrid to Host First B2B Vegan Cheese Event

On November 8th, Madrid will host Spain’s first B2B vegan cheese event, where vegan cheese companies will introduce their products to F&B businesses interested in sustainable food solutions.   The 1st Petit Salón del Queso Vegano (1st Vegan Cheese Petit Salon) has been organized by Singular Foods, a food design and innovation consultancy, in collaboration with Food Storming, the Design Institute of Spain, Alimentaria Magazine, and Madrid Alimenta. A paradigm shift According to Singular Foods, the plant-based market is not just another trend but a paradigm shift. Various studies reveal the market’s steadfast growth; for example, Grand View Research reported that the global vegan cheese industry was valued at 2.43 million dollars in 2021, with a CAGR of 12.6% from 2022 to 2030. The 1st Petit …


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Armored Fresh Debuts Innovative Almond Milk Cheese on US Market

Armored Fresh, a US subsidiary of Korean food and beverage leader Yangyoo, announces the launch of its breakthrough plant-based cheese in over 100 markets in New York City, with an upcoming expansion to New Jersey. The products will also be available nationwide in late November via the brand’s website. Armored Fresh, which raised $23M in Pre-Series B funding in June, will debut three varieties of cubed cheese (Cheddar, Plain, Blueberry) through retail distribution with Key Foods, Met Fresh, C Town, City Acres, and associated stores throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn. Made from almond milk and plant-based lactic acid, Armored’s cheese is created using innovative techniques that replicate the process of making dairy cheese. This process gives its cheese a soft texture and characteristic, fragrant flavor that …


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Vgarden & Brevel to Develop New Category of High Protein Microalgae Cheese

Vegan food manufacturer Vgarden, and microalgae-based alternative protein company Brevel, recently announced a collaboration to develop a new category of high-protein plant-based cheese.  Brevel will provide its microalgae protein which is neutral in color and flavor, allowing Vgarden to develop a rich-protein plant-based cheese that has no aftertaste. The new Brevel-enriched cheese will not compromise the real cheese experience, says Vgarden. Brevel’s microalgae protein Yonatan Golan, Brevel’s CEO and co-founder, said: “Brevel is actively working to solve the biggest nutrition challenges that exist today. We are achieving this by providing truly sustainable microalgae protein which is both color and flavor neutral, and available for the first time at an affordable cost for partners like Vgarden.”  “We are excited that Vgarden will be the first to …


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Kraft Heinz and NotCo Reveal First Joint Products: Animal-Free Cheese and Mayo

Kraft Heinz Co. and food tech startup NotCo reveal the first products of their innovative partnership will be animal-free cheese slices and mayonnaise. Beginning in November, Not Cheese will be tested in 30 Cleveland, OH stores, with a national rollout planned for later next year. The two companies’ new mayo is also expected to launch in early 2023, reports Bloomberg.  Kraft Heinz and NotCo joined forces to create The Kraft Heinz Not Company in February to accelerate the development of affordable plant-based foods. Combining Kraft’s iconic brands with NotCo’s AI-driven technology, Kraft stated the venture would develop premium, co-branded products with an “unprecedented” focus on speed, quality and scale.  Cheese singles The newly unveiled products include dairy-free Not Cheese, which recreates Kraft’s classic Singles slices in …



GOOD PLANeT Launches White Cheddar and Cranberry Vegan Cheeses for Holiday Season

Allergen-free cheese specialist GOOD PLANeT Foods today announces the release of a new limited edition holiday flavor –White Cheddar and Cranberry — which debuts in both Snackable Wedges and Smoked Wheel formats.  The new product launch closely follows the brand’s most recent SKU, Snack Pack, a Snackables-style product suitable for vegan families consisting of individually wrapped nuts, dried cranberries, and cheeses available in two flavors. GOOD PLANeT Foods reports that its products, which are dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free, lactose-free, allergen-free, Non-GMO project verified, and keto-certified, are now available in over 1200+ retail locations across the USA. The brand’s portfolio encompasses Slices, Shreds, Smoked Wheels, Snacking Wedges and Snack Packs. Co-CEO Bart Adlam comments: “Consumers are looking for new ways to enjoy plant-based foods, and these festive, …


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Quevana: Spanish Producer of Fermented Cashew Cheese Enjoys Dutch Retail Success

Quevana, previously Vegetaleso, is a young food startup based in Segovia, Spain, founded by Alejandro de Quevana in 2020. At 18, driven by his vegan diet and with no previous experience in the food sector, Quevana started making vegan cheese.  Only after a few years in business, Quevana’s vegan cashew cheese retails in 150 of the 600 Dutch Jumbo supermarket chain shops and at specialised shops in countries such as Qatar and Bahrain. Inspiration from Thailand In an interview, the young entrepreneur told EFE:agro that his inspiration came after visiting Thailand, where he tasted a dish that used nuts to replace cheese. He also noticed that most of the vegan cheeses in Thailand were for sale in other markets, including the Netherlands. Quevana started making …


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Bel Canada Launches Babybel Plant-Based in Canada as it Aims for 50% Dairy-Free Portfolio

Bel Canada Group announces it has launched Babybel Plant-Based into Canadian retail stores this week. A dairy-free version of the company’s famous snacking cheese, the debut is part of Bel’s strategy to become a global leader in cheese alternatives and make half its offerings plant-based by 2030. Babybel Plant-Based, which rolled out in the US and UK earlier this year, is made to look and taste like the company’s popular Mini Babybel cheese wheels. Made from coconut oil, the green wax-coated cheeses offer a mozzarella flavor while being fully lactose-free. The company states Babybel Plant-Based joins its other dairy-free products, Nurishh and Boursin, that have already launched in Canadian retail. “We are always attentive to the needs and expectations of consumers,” said Marie–Ève Robert, Vice-President …


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Maison Riviera, Canada’s Top Selling Alt Yogurt, Introduces Oat-Based Cheeses

Maison Riviera, the number one selling brand of dairy yogurt alternatives in Canada, continues to innovate with the launch of a line of oat-based cheeses made with oats grown in Canada. The company offers three complete lines of 100% plant-based products: yogurts, fauxmages and kefirs. All are made in Canada and made with certified gluten-free oats grown in Canada (except for the coconut milk kefirs). In addition, the recipes are allergen-free and free of unnecessary additions: dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free, palm oil-free, nut-free, cholesterol-free, egg-free, peanut-free, preservatives, artificial colours and flavours. The new range of cheese alternatives comes in four types: cheddar style (block 220g and grated 227g), grated mozzarella style 227g, grated parmesan style 227g. The Quebec-based company describes the line as having a “rich …


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Change Foods Reveals Plans For Animal-Free Casein Facility in Abu Dhabi

US-Australian alt dairy company Change Foods has announced plans to open a manufacturing facility for the production of animal-free casein in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The company reveals it has signed an agreement with Kezad Group to design the commercial plant with government support under the NextGen FDI initiative. David Bucca, Change Foods’ founder and CEO, commented: “We are honoured to be a part of the UAE’s NextGen FDI initiative and grateful for the strategic partnership with Kezad Group.”  “NextGen FDI is prioritizing the successful scaling of new sustainable food technologies like ours that offer significant environmental and economic development benefits. The strategic alignment behind our company’s vision to help transition the world to more sustainable food systems by scaling new food production …


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Kraft Heinz Releases 2022 “Together at the Table” Report Highlighting the Company’s Plant-Based Progress

Kraft Heinz has released its 2022 Environmental Social Governance (ESG) Report, outlining the company’s progress toward ESG priorities during the 2021 calendar year. Titled “Together at the Table,” the report highlights Kraft Heinz’s increased investments in plant-based foods, including its recent launch of dairy-free Philadelphia Cream Cheese.  Since 2021, Kraft Heinz has continued to increase its number of plant-based offerings, ranging from three varieties of Heinz Beanz Burgerz and vegan mayonnaise to plant-based Heinz Salad Cream and Kraft Mac and Cheese.  This month, the company appears to have released a dairy-free version of its famed Philadelphia Brick Cream Cheese in select markets in the US and UK, including Kroger and Tesco. Shoppers on social media have been posting sightings of the new cream cheese, which …


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MingsBings and JUST Egg Debut New Breakfast Pockets with Plant-Based Eggs and Cheese

In celebration of World Egg Day, Asian street food brand MingBings and JUST Egg are launching four new breakfast pockets featuring plant-based eggs and cheese. Developed by Iron Chef Ming Tsai, the breakfast bings – “bings” refer to a type of savory Chinese flatbread – represent the brand’s first entry in the breakfast category,  The new items are launching Friday, Oct. 14th on and are available in four flavors:  Plant-Based Egg & Cheese: A  combination of JUST Egg, dairy-free cheddar and potato  Plant-Based Sausage, Egg & Cheese: A twist on an all-American breakfast, w/ sausage, JUST Egg, dairy-free cheddar and potato Plant-Based Chorizo, Egg & Cheese: A Southwestern breakfast w/ chorizo, JUST Egg, dairy-free cheddar, peppers, onions, black beans, corn and potato Plant-Based Veggie, …


Ilchester Vegan Melting Mature

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Ilchester’s “Best Melting Vegan Cheeze” Now in Slices at Sainsbury’s

Top British flavoured cheese supplier Ilchester is to launch its popular Vegan Melting Mature in a new sliced format. The launch follows the success of the Vegan Melting Mature block, which won gold in the Dairy-Free Cheese Alternative category of the International Cheese Awards 2022. The vegan cheese debuted as part of a selection box for Christmas 2020, but proved so popular that it was made permanently available — along with Ilchester Vegan Blue — in July of last year. Ilchester is part of the Norseland portfolio, which features both dairy and plant-based cheeses. Two more award-winning brands, Applewood Vegan and Mexicana Vegan, are also included in the portfolio. Conventional cheese brands go vegan Norseland is not the only dairy cheese brand to have expanded …




GOOD PLANeT Foods Expands Cheese Portfolio with Plant-Based Snack Packs

Dairy-free cheese brand GOOD PLANeT Foods announces it is launching innovative new Snack Packs with plant-based cheese, fruit and nuts. Featuring two flavors, the Snack Packs will debut online and in grocery stores in October.  Made with clean ingredients such as coconut oil and plant starches, the product’s flavors include Smoked Gouda with Dried Cranberries and Almonds, and Cheddar with Dried Cranberries and Cashews. As with all GOOD PLANeT offerings, the Snack Packs are non-GMO and allergen-friendly, with no gluten, soy, or lactose. Each pack retails for a suggested price of $1.99 each. According to GOOD PLANeT, the packs are part of the brand’s drive to increase growth in the plant-based cheese segment. Snack innovations In addition to Snack Packs, GOOD PLANeT sells a wide …


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5 US Coffee Chains Embracing 100% Plant-Based Breakfast Sandwiches

While coffee giants like Dunkin’, Starbucks and Tim Hortons have gradually adopted more vegan-friendly options in recent years, such items have largely been limited to dairy-free milks and the occasional plant-based sausage. Now, a growing number of smaller US chains are taking the initiative to offer consumers fully vegan versions of breakfast favorites, including bacon, sausage, eggs and cheese. Here we present some of the most notable names leading this trend: 1. Peet’s Coffee  Peet’s, which operates over 200 locations in 11 states, first introduced the Everything Plant-Based Sandwich as a limited-time offering in early 2021. But the item, which features a Beyond Sausage with folded JUST Egg and melted vegan cheddar, was so phenomenally successful the chain added it back permanently one year later. …