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Trendy Californian Brand Nutpods Launches Zero Sugar Barista Oat Line

Popular vegan creamer brand nutpods has just introduced a new line of zero sugar barista oat milks that are tailor-made for espresso drinks. The California-based brand, born from a Kickstarter campaign, was founded by Madeline Haydon in 2013 and has benefited from its ambassador and influencer marketing programs, as well as help from niche bloggers. The new collection “will satisfy nutpods fans’ desires for an easy to foam and froth oat milk designed to create barista-quality lattes and cappuccinos at home but without the high levels of sugar often found in oat milk,” says the brand.  Original and Cinnamon Dolce flavored Barista oat milks in 32oz cartons are now available at Sprouts and Fresh Thyme. “Our zero-sugar brand has always been about giving the consumer choice …

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Mill It Creates “First Ever” Vegan Buttermilk & Buttermilk Salad Dressings

California-based company Mill It says it has created the first-ever buttermilk and buttermilk salad dressings, composed of the ancient grains sorghum and millet. Mill It initially received funding from Kern Venture Group, with a $765,000 Series Seed round, with additional funds coming from Ariel Savannah Angel Partners, Tech Coast Angels and Santa Barbara Angel Alliance. Mill It’s founders, Bill and Scott Myers, have been in the food-product development business for over 30 years, working with companies by the likes of Keurig Green Mountain, Lite House and Califia Farms. Just three months after Mill It’s official launch, Whole Foods Market stocked the shelves of its 300 locations throughout the US with the brand’s buttermilk products. Regarding the ancient grains, the brand says: “As a crop, these …

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Opalia’s Animal-Free Milk Closer to Launch After Removal of Fetal Bovine Serum

Opalia’s animal-free milk is now closer to commercialisation after the Canadian company replaced its cell culture medium, fetal bovine serum (FBS), with a non-animal-derived alternative. FBS comes from the placenta of pregnant cows, making it a controversial ingredient in products that are intended to be animal-free. The serum is also expensive, prone to contamination, and highly variable between batches. But now, Opalia has found a replacement substrate that is FDA-approved, making its cell-based milk more ethical and potentially speeding up the process of regulatory approval. Alternatives to FBS Several companies have been working on alternative cell culture media — such as Aleph Farms, which is collaborating with WACKER to develop a non-exclusive medium that will be available to other companies. Meanwhile, scientists have found a …

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Coconut Bliss Adds Dairy Flavours to Range, Rebranding to Cosmic Bliss

Previously plant-based brand Coconut Bliss adds dairy ice creams to range and changes its name. After producing exclusively coconut-based vegan ice creams for 17 years, US brand Coconut Bliss is to rebrand to Cosmic Bliss and introduce a range of organic dairy ice creams. The owner of the brand, mission-driven holding company HumanCo, claims that the decision makes sense from a business perspective because over 97% of ice cream sales in the US are dairy-based. But the move could be regarded as unusual given that dairy sales are slumping internationally, while sales of plant-based foods have skyrocketed. A sustainable option? When HumanCo acquired a majority stake in Coconut Bliss in 2020, previous owner Lochmead Dairy retained a minority stake. Lochmead has encouraged the shift towards …

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Vevan Foods Expands Dairy-Free Portfolio with UnCreamCheese

Vevan Foods, innovators of plant-based cheese, will soon debut the brand’s first cream cheese product, UnCreamCheese, at select retailers this spring.  Made with probiotics, UnCreamCheese is a cultured cream cheese-style spread with a smooth texture and slightly tangy flavor. The product will be offered in four varieties:  Plain: A classic staple created for spreading on bagels, baking and more.  Caramelized Peach & Maple: The first flavor of its kind in vegan cream cheese, featuring tangy peach flavors mixed with sweet maple.  Garlic & Herb: Garlic-infused cream complemented by hints of herb. Strawberries & Cream: A timeless pairing of tart strawberry flavor and smooth texture. Like all Vevan products, UncreamCheese is vegan-certified, allergy-friendly and produced using responsible, earth-friendly manufacturing methods. UnCreamCheese will retail at an SRP …

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Eclipse Foods to Grow Retail Footprint by 35% With Expansion Into 130+ Stores

Eclipse Foods, creators of dairy-like plant-based ice cream, announces the brand will expand to over 130 US stores, increasing its retail presence by 35% in March.  Building on last year’s expansion, which saw Eclipse debut in Whole Foods Markets throughout Northern California, the new rollout will bring Eclipse’s acclaimed ice cream to new stores including: Safeway Albertsons, Safeway Vons, and Safeway Pavilions (Southern California), Nugget Market (Northern California), and Harmon’s (Utah.) Best-selling flavors such as Cookie Butter, Dark Side of the Spoon, Mint Chip and Caramel Butter Pecan will be sold at all of the new locations, the company says. “Impossible Foods of Ice Cream” The rollout continues a path of rapid growth for Eclipse,  which makes premium plant-based ice cream that is indistinguishable from …

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Feel Foods Improves Black Sheep Vegan Cheeze Shelf Life, Allowing Faster Distribution

Canada’s Feel Foods Ltd. announces a key advancement in extending the shelf life of its Black Sheep Vegan Cheeze brand, enabling the company to accelerate its market expansion.  Feel Foods says it has utilized a High Pressure Pasteurization (HPP) technique to extend the cheeses’ shelf stability by over 100%, more than doubling the product shelf life from five weeks to ten.  The process does not require any heat or synthetic preservatives. Through this innovation, Feel Foods says it can now achieve wider distribution channels throughout Canada and begin entering US sales.  A family of brands Black Sheep Vegan Cheeze is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Feel Foods, which first acquired the British Columbia-based cheese maker in 2021 to help the brand scale operations and launch e-commerce. …

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CHKP Foods Will Debut Innovative Chickpea Yogurt at Expo West 2022

CHKP Foods, a new plant-based dairy company, announces it will debut a line of chickpea yogurts at Expo West in Anaheim, CA, followed by a retail launch this spring.  CHKP says its yogurts offer a thick, creamy texture with high protein content, low sugar, and no soy, gluten or GMO ingredients. According to the company, it spent years developing and perfecting its unique chickpea yogurt base, which delivers great taste and texture with clean-label nutrition. Available in plain, vanilla, blueberry, and strawberry flavors, the yogurts provide an easy and convenient way to consume nourishing plant protein, says CHKP. The company also plans to use the versatile base to make a wide range of plant-based dairy foods, including vegan cream cheeses, milk and desserts.  “Like nothing else” …

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The 8 Most Exciting Brands Saving Food Waste by Upcycling Ingredients

Here at vegconomist we applaud and support innovation in plant-based but especially those who are working on upcycling ingredients and helping to solve the horrific global issue of food waste whereby around a third of the food produced around the world is discarded. The issue is beyond imperative but it is not beyond solution, so we here celebrate some of the brands innovating for our planet, upcycling ingredients from spent grain, to cashew fruit, to cauliflower and carrots. Spent barley from the beer industry – Take Two Portland-based Take Two transforms barley grains leftover from beer brewing into nutritious, fiber-rich barley milk. A subsidiary of EverGrain, owned by beer giant Anheuser-Busch InBev, Take Two reuses over 500,000 pounds of discarded grain each year. Co-Founder & …

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Kraft Heinz and NotCo Join Forces to Create The Kraft Heinz Not Company

The Kraft Heinz Company and TheNotCompany, Inc. announce new joint venture The Kraft Heinz Not Company, which will be centered in Chicago. The Kraft Heinz Not Company LLC will operate under Kraft Heinz and combine NotCo’s patented AI-driven food technology with Kraft Heinz’s iconic brands and powerful scaling capabilities. The two companies say they will work together to develop premium, co-branded plant-based products with an unprecedented focus on speed, quality and scale. According to a statement, the collaboration is the result of both companies’ desire to improve the world by accelerating the adoption of plant-based foods. As part of its mission, Kraft Heinz Not Company will utilize cutting-edge technology to help resolve prevailing barriers for plant-based foods, including taste, variety and availability. The new company …

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New UK Business ‘Plant Food Bases’ to Make Milk Alternatives With Low Food Miles

British liquid food and beverage processor Framptons has joined forces with grain merchant Robin Appel to create a new company called Plant Food Bases. The company produces bases for plant-based products, with an initial focus on milk alternatives. In future, Plant Food Bases also plans to make dairy-free yogurts, sauces, and more. According to Plant Food Bases, the company has a vertically integrated business model that is entirely traceable — Robin Appel supplies the ingredients, which are then processed at a facility on the Framptons site. The facility has the capacity to produce 40 million litres per year, and has already begun making liquid bases for oat milk. Plant milks in the UK Last year, it was reported that plant-based milks had achieved “mainstream status” …

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Oat Milk Brand MOMA Launches New Chilled Range After Achieving 70% Growth

British oat milk brand MOMA has launched chilled oat milk in two varieties — Whole and Semi. The products are now available at 220 Waitrose stores nationwide, with launches at other retailers such as Morrisons and Ocado to follow. According to MOMA, the oat milk is barista-quality and foams perfectly without splitting. Unlike many other brands, it is made in the UK and not produced from concentrate. MOMA is the fastest-growing ambient oat milk brand in the UK, achieving 70% growth last year. After the brand’s initial launch in 2020, it sold over two million litres in the first 15 months. Acquisition In December, soft drinks giant A.G. Barr (owner of brands such as Irn Bru and Rubicon) acquired a 60% stake in MOMA. It …

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KOS, Fastest Growing Plant Protein Brand in US, Secures $12M in Series A

US-based plant-based powerhouse and functional nutrition brand KOS announces it has secured $12 million in Series A round to secure the company’s position as a key player in the plant-based nutrition space and diversify its plant-based footprint. KOS has plans to diversify its plant-based footprint after closing the round which was led by industry vets and entrepreneurs, Clayton Christopher and Brian Goldberg, with a follow-on investment from early-stage investor Springdale Ventures. Fastest-Growing Plant-Protein Brand In 2021, according to SPINS, KOS was the fastest-growing plant-protein brand by total distribution points in the natural channel, which includes specialty retailers and stores like Whole Foods Market. Additionally, KOS secured national retail partners Walmart, CVS and Vitamin Shoppe, bringing total distribution up to 38,500 by year-end, an impressive 470% …

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DUG’s Potato Milk Launches at Waitrose as Sales Rise by Almost 50%

DUG’s potato milk has launched at 280 Waitrose stores in the UK. It comes just a month after the Swedish brand, owned by Veg of Lund, became available via online supermarket Ocado. Additionally, the potato milks have now rolled out into the convenience and wholesale sector through an agreement with Bestway. DUG is made from a blend of potatoes, rapeseed oil, water, vitamins, and additives such as chicory fibre and pea protein. The potato milk is said to foam perfectly, and to have a neutral taste that makes it ideal as a replacement for cows’ milk. In Waitrose’s 2021-22 Food & Drink report, the supermarket described potato milk as a trend to watch due to its low sugar and saturated fat content. The chain said …

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So Delicious Launches Coconutmilk Yogurts With Botanical Extracts

A week after the news of its upcoming Wondermilk ice cream products, created to offer the same characteristics of dairy; Danone subsidiary So Delicious announces a new line of Coconutmilk Yogurt Alternatives with Botanical Extracts.  So Delicious Yogurt Alternative with Botanical Extracts contain live and active cultures, organic coconut, 7-8g of sugar, and no artificial sweeteners or preservatives. The company states that each purchase helps to support coconut farmers in the Philippines through the Good People Loop. The products initially launch in three flavors: Strawberry with Elderberry Extract– A combination of strawberry flavor and botanical elderberry extract Mango with Ginger and Turmeric Extracts– Mango flavor plus botanical ginger and turmeric extracts  Mixed Berry with Chamomile Extract– Mixed berry flavor and botanical chamomile extract “Here at …

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