Ferrero to launch plant-based Nutella

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Ferrero to Launch Plant-Based Nutella in Italy

Italian multinational confectionery company Ferrero has revealed that it will launch plant-based Nutella in Italy this autumn. The announcement comes as Ferrero celebrates the 60th year of the iconic chocolate hazelnut spread. According to askanews, the new spread was presented to retailers earlier this month at the NielsenIQ event Linkontro in Sardinia. The recipe is reportedly very similar to the original, aside from the fact that milk powder has been replaced with an as-yet unconfirmed plant-based ingredient. Original Nutella will remain available. The plant-based Nutella is said to be aimed at flexitarians and lactose-intolerant people, and will reportedly be certified vegan. However, it appears that the spread will still contain palm oil, a controversial ingredient among ethical consumers. “We like to be a partner of …


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Dodo Vegan Hut Sees Success with Wholesome & Halal-Certified Frozen Food Lineup

After identifying a gap in the market for convenient and healthy vegan food products, Manimegalai Parry founded Dodo Vegan Hut in 2022 in Penang, Malaysia. With only two years in business, the company, supported by an all-women team, plans to widen its distribution channels and scale operations to expand locally and internationally through strategic investments and partnerships.  Initially operating from a commercial kitchen in Bayan Lepas, Dodo Vegan Hut acquired a production facility in Simpang Ampat at the end of 2023 to expand its operations. Parry recently told the Malaysiakini that the popularity of plant-based foods has surged due to increasing awareness of health, environmental, and ethical concerns. In addition, in April 2024, Dodo Vegan Hut successfully achieved JAKIM’s Halal certification, broadening its market reach among …



CRAVE Launches the “UK’s First” Gluten-Free & Vegan Doughnuts for Air Fryers

UK free-from food brand CRAVE has announced the launch of its first frozen product, a pack of six sugar ring doughnuts that are vegan and free from gluten and dairy. Called CRAVE Dodoughs, the doughnuts are said to be the first in the UK to feature air fryer instructions on pack. They are formulated to withstand high cooking temperatures, and can be prepared in an air fryer in just five minutes. They can also be microwaved in 30 seconds. “We’ve been working on these bad boys for a few months now and I’m super excited to bring sweet and fluffy treats to the masses,” said CRAVE founder Rob Brice. “Fresh doughnuts can often go hard and stale quite quickly, but that won’t be a problem …


Lindt launches vegan truffles in USA

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Lindt Launches Vegan Truffle Balls in the USA

Lindt LINDOR has launched a plant-based version of its popular Truffle Balls on the US market. The new vegan product range includes the flavors Non-Dairy OatMilk and Dark Chocolate OatMilk. The truffle balls complement the Lindt CLASSIC RECIPE oat milk bars launched in 2022 and expand the company’s vegan range. They are intended to offer a chocolate alternative for all consumers, not just those who avoid dairy products. “We wanted to create dairy-free truffles for all chocolate lovers, including those who avoid dairy products, are lactose intolerant or simply follow a more plant-based diet,” says Lindt Master Chocolatier Ann Czaja. The new dairy-free oat milk truffle balls from Lindt LINDOR are designed to offer a chocolate experience on a par with milk chocolate truffle balls. …


Ingood by Olga, a Plant-Based and Natural Ingredient for Confectionery

Ingood by Olga is the business unit dedicated to ingredients of the Olga group, a family-owned company based in French Brittany. Ingood by Olga is committed to better nutrition through plant-based foods, and they believe that good nutrition starts with taste. For example, confectionery is a fast-growing market where texture and taste play a crucial role. PEPTIPEA® perfectly meets these expectations. PEPTIPEA® is a pea protein hydrolysate derived from European yellow peas. This plant-based protein has been developed for the nutrition and food markets. PEPTIPEA® is a foaming agent and an ideal substitute for gelatine, thanks to its functional properties: – Texture improvement: thanks to the swelling properties of pea peptides, PEPTIPEA® offers a light, airy texture, perfect for marshmallows or melt-in-the-mouth sweets – Clean-label: PEPTIPEA® enables the formulation of clean-label …


Macalat and MycoTechnology have partnered to create a sweet dark chocolate bar

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Sugar-Free Mycelium Chocolate Described as Most Significant Innovation in Chocolate in a Century

US confectionery brand Macalat has introduced a vegan, organic, zero-sugar, sweet dark chocolate bar —  Organic Sweet Dark Chocolate — claiming it to be the most significant innovation in chocolate in the past 100 years. To achieve this breakthrough, Macalat has partnered with the mushroom innovator MycoTechnology to create a dark chocolate experience using a mycelium-derived flavor modulator called ClearIQ.   Produced using fermentation, ClearIQ is said to be an “incredible” and natural solution to eliminate the need for sugar, milk, or artificial sweeteners and mask the bitterness and astringency of dark chocolate. In addition, as a flavor amplifier, it enhances the full spectrum of cacao flavors while delivering a smooth texture. According to MycoTechnology, ClearIQ’s capabilities extend beyond chocolate to other F&B products, positioning it as …


Cargill has partnered with Voyage Foods, a California-based food tech company that creates allergen and dairy-free spreads and cacao-free chocolates.

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Cargill and Voyage Foods Partner to Upscale Confectionery Without Cocoa, Nuts, and Dairy

Cargill has announced a commercial partnership with Voyage Foods — a California-based food tech company that creates spreads and chocolates free from cocoa, nut, and dairy — to offer sustainable alternatives to popular sweet favorites. With demand for sustainable global confectionery products expected to rise, and as the cocoa crisis continues to deepen, Cargill will be the exclusive B2B global distributor for Voyage Foods, expanding its existing chocolate offerings with a new range of sustainable chocolate alternatives for the first time. The commercial partnership will also provide food manufacturers with allergen- and dairy-free nut flavor spreads for recipe formulation in the bakery, ice cream, and chocolate confectionery categories. Inge Demeyere, Managing Director, Bakery, Ice Cream and Chocolate Confectionery Europe at Cargill, shared, “This partnership is …


Italian startups address cocoa supply chain crisis

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Italian Startups Address Cocoa Supply Chain Crisis Through Innovative Technology

The cocoa supply chain is in crisis, with the cost of raw materials rising by as much as 30-40% and retail prices increasing by 15%. This is largely driven by climate change, which is causing rising temperatures and reduced precipitation — especially in Ghana and Ivory Coast, which together produce around 60% of the world’s cocoa. These factors, combined with seasonal floods, have allowed diseases and parasites that attack cocoa crops to proliferate. Simultaneously, child labour in the industry is on the rise, increasing from 31% to 45% in West Africa between 2008 and 2019; an estimated 1.5 million children are now being exploited in the region. Geopolitical instability and increases in transportation and energy costs are introducing further challenges. These issues have highlighted the …


Nukoko raises funding to scale cocoa-free chocolate

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Nukoko Raises $1.5M to Scale “World’s First” Cocoa-Free Chocolate Made From Fava Beans

UK-based company Nukoko has raised $1.5 million in seed funding to scale up its technology to produce cocoa-free chocolate from fava beans. The round was led by Oyster Bay Venture Capital, with participation from SOSV and The Mills Fabrica alongside a grant from Innovate UK. Due to climate change, cocoa has seen a supply deficit in recent years, causing prices to rise by a huge 89% in 2023 and double again in the first months of 2024. Cocoa production is also associated with deforestation and significant carbon emissions. Nukoko claims to have developed the first chocolate made from fava beans, a nitrogen-fixing crop that can be grown within the UK. Using a fermentation process similar to traditional cocoa fermentation, the company transforms the beans into …


Ilo launches high protein cashew pudding

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Finland’s Ilo Introduces Cashew Pudding High Protein in Choco Caramel and Vanilla Flavours

Finland’s Ilo offers a wide range of artisan cheeses, desserts, dips and spreads, primarily with a cashew base. Ilo’s vegan products are made in Jämsä, where cheese has been processed since the 1950s, by Jokilaakson Juusto, a Finnish dairy company. They have been granted the key flag of the Finnish Labor Association. In 2007, the dairy producer launched its plant-based brand, Ilo, which was initially focused on hummus and since has introduced several vegan cheeses such as its Vegan Mozzis, an alternative to mozzarella slices launched last year, as well as parmesan, slices and shreds, and delicacies like Cashew White Mold and Cashew Black Pepper. A “joyful experience” Ilo recently expanded its offerings with an entirely new line, Ilo Cashew Pudding High Protein, in Choco …


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REWE Group Launches Own-Label Products Made With ChoViva Cocoa-Free Chocolate

Germany’s REWE Group says it has become the first European retailer to use ChoViva cocoa-free chocolate in its own-label products. ChoViva is produced by German startup Planet A Foods, and is made from locally-grown ingredients such as oats and sunflower seeds. The concept originated when the founders realised that most of the flavour of chocolate comes from the fermentation and roasting process rather than the taste of cocoa beans. REWE launched its first products containing ChoViva this month, under the brands ja! and REWE Beste Wahl at REWE stores and the COVO, Granola, and Chocolà brands at PENNY. By using the cocoa alternative, REWE hopes to become more ecologically responsible, as ChoViva requires far fewer resources than conventional chocolate production and is not reliant on …


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H!P Launches Upgraded Plant-Based Easter Eggs With Chocolate Buttons

UK-based vegan chocolate brand H!P (Happiness in Plants) has updated its plant-based Easter eggs for 2024, making them 50% bigger with chocolate buttons inside. The eggs and buttons are made from oat milk and sustainably sourced single-origin Colombian cocoa. They are available in two varieties — Salted Caramel and the new Cookies No Cream flavour, which recently won a Great Taste Award. Despite the increase in size, the eggs are priced the same as last year. The packaging of the eggs is plastic-free and fully recyclable, while the chocolate has a 50% lower carbon footprint than milk chocolate (according to an analysis by My Emissions). H!P is a certified B Corp and a member of 1% for the Planet, donating at least 1% of its …


Ankerbrot sugar-free vegan donut

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Austrian Bakery Chain Ankerbrot Launches Sugar-Free Vegan Donut in Partnership With NEOH

Ankerbrot, Austria’s largest bakery group, has partnered with sugar-free snack brand NEOH to offer a vegan donut with no added sugar. The donut features a plant-based hazelnut cream filling with a crisp chocolate shell and roasted hazelnut pieces. It is free of palm oil and uses NEOH’s sugar substitute formula, which has little effect on blood sugar levels and is a source of fibre. The product has been launched just in time for Lent, when many people give up refined sugar. “The donut is our first collaboration with a bakery company and opens up a very interesting new sales channel with a lot of potential for us. I am convinced that this will be a successful start project for a long-term collaboration,” said Adel Hafizovic, …


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HFSS-Compliant Snack Brand Pri Bakes Continues to Expand in the UK & Internationally

In the UK, HFSS (high in fat, sugar, and salt) laws have recently been brought in to restrict the promotion of less healthy foods. Foods considered HFSS cannot be featured in prominent positions in stores, such as at checkouts and on aisle ends, and may also be banned from multi-buy deals in the future. Pri Bakes was one of the first confectionery brands in the UK to become HFSS-compliant, after reformulating its products in 2022. This has boosted the company’s success, as retailers are increasingly looking to include compliant products in offers such as meal deals. For example, health and beauty chain Boots has recently begun offering Pri Bakes’ Oaty Pie range — including Peanut Butter, Pecan Pie, and Cashew Butter flavours — as part …


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Planet A Foods Raises $14.5M to Fuel Mass-Market Expansion for Cocoa-Free Chocolate

German food tech startup Planet A Foods has raised $14.5 million in Series A funding to fuel the international expansion of its cocoa-free chocolate, ChoViva. The round was led by leading climate venture fund World Fund, with participation from Omnes Capital, Cherry Ventures, Mudcake, and more. Some of the funding has already been used to scale up production at Planet A’s factory, allowing the company to produce 750kg of ChoViva per hour. This will help to make the chocolate alternative — which is already very affordable — even cheaper. The funding will also be used to propel Planet A’s mission of becoming a leader in the chocolate alternatives market. It comes after the company secured a partnership with Lindt last year to launch a limited-edition …


Fetcha Chocolates to be included in Oscars gift bags

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Luxury Vegan Chocolates Made by Scottish Brand to Be Included in Oscars Gift Bags

Luxury vegan chocolates made by Scottish company Fetcha Chocolates will be included in this year’s famous “Everyone Wins” Oscars gift bags. Founder Fiona MacArthur has prepared a limited-edition selection box for the event, with flavours inspired by the Oscar-nominated films Oppenheimer, Barbie, Poor Things, The Holdovers, Maestro, and Killers of the Flower Moon. The selection box will also be available from the Fetcha Chocolates website from February 10. All the chocolates are free of gluten, palm oil, and alcohol. The gift bags are given to all Academy Awards nominees, and are created by luxury LA marketing company Distinctive Assets. They have a value of approximately $125,000 and feature over 60 gifts, including a luxury holiday. “Creating chocolates for this gift bag is a dream come …


New York based vegan snack brand HIPPEAS recently launched a new line called Flavor Blast! Chickpea Puffs, which debuted in Vegan White Cheddar Explosion and Blazin' Hot flavors. Founded by Livio Bisterzo in 2016, HIPPEAS carved out a niche for itself with its offering of high-protein, low-calorie puffs, appealing to health-conscious consumers and those following vegan diets, with the products widely available internationally. According to Statista, the global market for healthy snacks reach 152.3 billion US dollars by 2030. In its earlier years the company famously attracted investment from Leonardo DiCaprio amongst other investors such as ethical VC The Craftory. DiCaprio's involvement, in particular, garnered significant media attention, boosting the brand's profile and aligning it with environmental and health-conscious values. Chickpeas for soil health HIPPEAS flavor blast


HIPPEAS Debuts Vegan White Cheddar Explosion and Blazin’ Hot Chickpea Puffs

New York-based vegan snack brand HIPPEAS recently launched a new line called Flavor Blast! Chickpea Puffs, which debuted in Vegan White Cheddar Explosion and Blazin’ Hot flavors. Founded by Livio Bisterzo in 2016, HIPPEAS carved out a niche for itself with its offering of high-protein, low-calorie puffs, appealing to health-conscious consumers and those following vegan diets, with the products widely available internationally. According to Statista, the global market for healthy snacks reach 152.3 billion US dollars by 2030. In its earlier years, the company famously attracted investment from Leonardo DiCaprio amongst other investors such as ethical VC The Craftory. DiCaprio’s involvement, in particular, garnered significant media attention, boosting the brand’s profile and aligning it with environmental and health-conscious values. Chickpeas for soil health HIPPEAS states …


Harken Sweets

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Harken Sweets Reimagines Snickers and Milky Way Bars With 100% Plant-Based Ingredients

Harken Sweets, a new ‘better-for-you’ candy brand, has announced the launch of its reimagined, plant-based versions of candy bar classics infused with the nutritional benefits of dates. Katie Lefkowitz, founder of Harken Sweets and former COO of Caulipower, took to social media to announce the launch, commenting on the inspiration for the brand. She created Harken Sweets with the hopes of combining a long-held recipe for date-based caramel with the knowledge that these new candy bars have the potential to revamp a comfort food category with nutritionally elevated options. She shared, “If there is one thing I hope for with the launch of this brand, it is that ripping open one of our candy bars allows you to Harken […] back to your first Halloween, …




Global Vegan Dessert Market to Be Worth $6.2Bn by 2030

According to a report by USD Analytics, the global vegan dessert market is expected to grow with a CAGR of 10.5% through to 2030, increasing in value from $3.4 billion to $6.2 billion. Plant-based diets are increasingly seen as a healthy and sustainable option, and this is leading to rising demand for vegan desserts. Growth will be further increased by advancements in food technology, which are improving the quality of plant-based products. Vegan desserts are also becoming more accessible, with supermarkets and restaurants offering more options. Additionally, the use of specialty ingredients is helping to set plant-based desserts apart from conventional ones; for example, producers may include functional ingredients and superfoods such as matcha, turmeric, and hemp, or healthier sweeteners like date syrup, maple syrup, …


McDougalls vegan jelly

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Premier Foods Launches Vegan Jelly for Food Service Under McDougalls Brand

British food manufacturer Premier Foods has launched gelatin-free vegan jelly under its baking brand, McDougalls. The jelly is available for food service in three flavours — strawberry, raspberry, and orange. While conventional jelly is prepared using a combination of boiling and cold water, Premier Foods’ vegan alternative only requires boiling water, making it simpler to prepare. The jelly sets within two hours and has been certified by the Vegan Society. “McDougalls vegan jelly not only provides caterers and chefs with an inclusive dessert option, reducing the need for multiple products, but its sugar levels also make it suitable for schools in England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales,” said Sarah Robb, Foodservice Marketing Manager at Premier Foods Foodservice. “Vegan jelly, being such a versatile ingredient, can be …