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UK Snack Brand Livia’s Bought by S-Ventures After Going Into Administration

British free-from snack brand Livia’s has been bought by London investor S-Ventures after falling into administration. The company reported a pre-tax loss of £1.4 million for the year ending September 30 2020. Until 2020, Livia’s experienced rapid growth of 150% YOY. The company was the UK’s fastest-growing free-from snacks brand, raising over £1 million in a crowdfunding campaign 18 months ago. With listings at major supermarkets Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Waitrose, and Ocado, founder Olivia Wollenberg told vegconomist in 2021 that the brand was “unstoppable”. Impact of Covid-19 Despite its previous success, Livia’s was hit hard by the pandemic, as many of its sales come from meal deals, impulse buys, and on-the-go snacks. Livia’s had been valued at £11.3 million following its crowdfunding campaign, but the company …


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Prodigy Launches Plant-Based Caramel Salted Chocolate Egg in Time For Easter

Driving the natural snack revolution in the UK, vegan chocolate brand Prodigy introduces the Salted Caramel Chocolate Egg as part of its plastic negative chocolate range. Driving The Natural Snack Revolution Since 2019 Prodigy is known for its innovative ways of reducing the environmental impact of its chocolate products while improving their health benefits. Founded in 2019, the sustainable vegan chocolate pioneer’s newest creation is a Salted Caramel Chocolate Egg that contains less than half the sugar of a traditional filled egg. As with the rest of the company’s chocolate portfolio, the egg is also high in fibre and contains zero palm oil. Following its commitment to making the future of chocolate healthy and sustainable, Prodigy recently gained its B-Corp accreditation and now joins a …


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Callebaut Reinvents Belgian Gourmet Chocolate With “NXT” Dark and Milk Chocolates

Callebaut, the Belgian gourmet chocolate division by The Barry Callebaut Group, announces the launch of its 100% plant-based dark and milky tasting chocolates range aiming to support chefs and artisans re-inventing traditional chocolate recipes. Continuously expanding its plant-based chocolates portfolio since 2018, Swiss chocolate giant Barry Callebaut, the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate, has positioned itself as an important player in the growing market for vegan dark and milk chocolates. While Barry Callebaut launched several milk-free chocolate ranges over the past years, Callebaut NXT marks the first step into the plant-based gourmet chocolate market aimed at chefs and artisans. Global Movement of Belgian Gourmet Chocolate Following 3 years of R&D, the vegan chocolate range Callebaut NXT is aimed to help chefs around the world …


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Baker & Baker Launches First Vegan Range of Bakery Products

Baker & Baker, the European bakery products manufacturer, has launched its first range of vegan products. The UK-headquartered company says the range has been launched to meet increased demand for vegan products across the continent. “Flexitarian and vegan diets are now mainstream and will continue to grow” The new Baker & Baker vegan range includes cookies, doughnuts and muffins. The products are thaw and serve or baked from frozen, with a shelf life of between two and five days. Baker & Baker is one of the largest manufacturers of branded bakery products in Europe, with an annual turnover in excess of €400m.   The vegan range is now available across France and Germany and will be rolled out to UK bakeries, food service operators and retailers …




Plant-Based Comfort Food Company Boosh Acquires Snack Brand Beanfields

Canada’s female-led plant-based comfort food company Boosh Plant-Based Brands Inc. has announced that it executed an asset purchase agreement to acquire all the assets of the fast-growing American vegan snack company Beanfields Inc. US-based Beanfields produces and sells gluten-free, non-GMO, vegan, top eight allergen-free flavored bean-based chips. Its portfolio consists of nine flavors including Black Bean, Sour Cream and Onion, Firey Hot and Nacho flavors. Operating within the growing Better For You snack category, Beanfields introduced its Grain Free Rings line, which became one of its fastest-selling products, in June 2021. In December of the same year, NOSH recognized Rings as a Best New Product for 2021. Jim Pakulis, Chief Executive officer for Boosh, commented, “The Beanfields Team did an incredible job building Beanfields into …


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UK: Waitrose Lists its First Ever Vegan Marshmallow

Free From Fellows has secured a listing in Waitrose for their vegan marshmallows. Both the vanilla and strawberry vegan marshmallows are launching at the beginning of March in 150 Waitrose stores, marking the first time the high-end UK supermarket has listed a vegan-friendly marshmallow product. As well as being gelatine free, the marshmallows are also free from the top 14 allergens making them suitable for all consumers regardless of diet or food sensitivies. Lisa Gawthorne, Director Bravura Foods which owns Free From Fellows, comments “We are so pleased that Waitrose consumers will be able to get their hands on the first gelatine free, totally vegan and allergy-friendly marshmallow in Waitrose”. Karl Morris, Director Bravura Foods adds “We have an exciting year of marketing and NPD …


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The Worldwide Vegan Chocolate Confectionery Industry is Expected to Reach $1 Billion by 2027

DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The “Global Vegan Chocolate Confectionery Market” report has been added to’s offering. The Global Vegan Chocolate Confectionery Market size is expected to reach $1 billion by 2027, rising at a market growth of 12.3% CAGR during the forecast period. Dairy products like milk fat, whey, casein, and milk solids are not used in vegan chocolate, as this product does not include any ingredient obtained from animals. Vegan chocolate is made from the components that are derived from plants. They contain less amount of fat and cholesterol compared to normal chocolates. Vegan food culture is rising in the established countries, which is also helping in the growth of the vegan chocolate market. Millennials and the working population are highly adopting the vegan culture, which …


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Honeycomb Without the Bee! James Cadbury’s H!P Launches Oat-Based Salted Honeycomb Bar

H!P (Happiness in Plants) has added the H!P Salted Honeycomb Bar to its oat milk chocolate line-up. The “Crunchie-esque” bar features an innovative vegan honeycomb and the brand’s signature dairy-free milk chocolate. H!P is the brainchild of James Cadbury, great-great-great-grandson of John Cadbury, who said to vegconomist today: “Fact. The honeycomb inside our Salted Honeycomb doesn’t actually contain honey! We’ve created honeycomb from melted sugar, which is then mixed with bicarbonate of soda to help it ‘fizz up’ and create the delicious crunchy pieces you’ll find inside the bar, making it completely vegan friendly.” Vegan milk chocolate H!P has sold over 1 million bars since launching in March 2021, having unlocked the secret to creamy, plant-based milk chocolate. The UK brand currently offers four oat-based milk chocolate flavors: …


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Rowntree’s Launches Vegan Jelly Tots in a Range of Tropical Flavours

Nestlé-owned British confectionery brand Rowntree’s is adding to its range of vegan Jelly Tots with a new product — Tropical Tots. The sweets will come in five flavours — passion fruit, peach, pineapple, grapefruit, and mango. They will be available exclusively at Tesco from mid-February, with a recommended retail price of £1.59. Vegan products by Rowntree’s In recent years, Rowntree’s has been actively working to make its range more vegan-friendly. While Jelly Tots have never contained animal products, the brand’s Fruit Pastilles were previously unsuitable for vegans. But in 2020, Rowntree’s removed gelatine from the sweets in response to requests from consumers following vegan, vegetarian, and religious diets. The company says the new recipe has made the sweets slightly softer, without affecting their taste or …


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Hugely Popular Mexican Snack Chocke-Obleas Rolls Out Across USA

Having noticed the snack’s enormous popularity and its potential in the USA, multinational food company Sigma Alimentos has launched amaranth-based snack Chocke Obleas (translates to Choco Wafers) into Hispanic grocers across San Jose, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Houston and South Texas, with more US locations set to follow. The product is not intentionally listed or advertised as vegan, and appears to be an “accidentally vegan” product; indeed we had to double and triple-check but the website does state, in relatively small print, the word vegan on its ingredients page. Perhaps the brand is missing a trick here, or perhaps it is purposely not pushing for a vegan label in order to avoid being marginalised. It does, however, make clear that it is a keto-friendly snack. …


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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. …


Purdys Chocolatier Brings Beloved Classic to Vegan Fans

The Canadian Chocolatier continues to expand their vegan products with the launch of their Vegan Sweet Georgia Browns. VANCOUVER, British Columbia–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Purdys Chocolatier continues to expand their vegan offerings to include one of their most beloved chocolates: Sweet Georgia Browns. Purdys created the Vegan Sweet Georgia Browns using their Mylk chocolate and vegan caramel to create the perfect plant-based treat. Rachel McKinley, Purdys Master Chocolatier who developed the Vegan Sweet Georgia Browns, shares how she went about turning this iconic treat vegan, “Sweet Georgia Browns are one of the most famous treats from Purdys, so we knew we had to make a vegan version” says McKinley. “The challenge to crafting Vegan Sweet Georgia Browns was making the perfect vegan caramel that would measure up to …


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So Delicious Preparing to Launch “Dairy-Like” Wondermilk Ice Cream

Coming this month, So Delicious Dairy Free is releasing Wondermilk ice cream pints, novelty cones and milks that are designed to taste like real dairy.  Using new technology that emulates the precise flavor and texture properties of animal-based dairy, So Delicious – a subsidiary of Danone North America – wants to appeal to consumers who avoid plant-based milks because of taste.  The Wondermilk ice cream line features pints in five flavors: Vanilla, Chocolate Cocoa Chip, Strawberry, Cookies & Creme and Buttery Pecan. Wondermilk will also debut specialty sundae cones in two flavors: Vanilla Peanut Sundae and Salted Caramel Sundae.  Beginning in February, Wondermilk’s dairy-free milk beverage line will launch in whole fat and 2% reduced-fat varieties.  De-coding the taste of dairy Unlike most plant-based milks, …


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Research by Barry Callebaut Finds 74% of Younger Consumers Eat Plant-Based Chocolate

A study commissioned by leading Swiss chocolate company Barry Callebaut has examined consumer attitudes to plant-based chocolate, confectionery, and desserts. The research shows that 60% of consumers between the ages of 18 and 44 expect brands to offer a plant-based option, while almost three-quarters (74%) say they eat plant-based chocolate at least occasionally. In similar research carried out two years ago, this figure was just 25%, showing a rapid growth in interest. Despite this, only 45% of respondents said they were satisfied with the plant-based milk chocolate currently available, with 61% saying they would prefer a wider variety of flavours and textures. The most common reasons cited for choosing plant-based chocolate were health concerns, liking the taste, wanting to try something new, and concerns about …


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Krispy Kreme Ireland Introduces Three New Vegan Doughnuts

Krispy Kreme is kicking off 2022 with a new assortment of vegan doughnuts for consumers in Ireland. The new range consists of Fudge Brownie Bliss, Caramel Choc Delight and Apple Custard Crumble, which will be available to purchase in Swords Pavilion, Blanchardstown, The Rocket at Dundrum Town Centre, at any Krispy Kreme cabinet in Tesco and Circle K, or via delivery partners including Deliveroo, Uber Eats and Just Eat. Fudge Brownie Bliss (€ 3.05) – with a rich chocolatey filling and topped with brownie pieces Caramel Choc Delight (€ 3.05) – which contains both Belgian chocolate and indulgent caramel fillings, topped with caramel icing and a chocolatey icing drizzle Apple Custard Crumble (€ 3.05) – filled with smooth custard and apple then topped with a …