Talia Vegan Margherita Pizza

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Frozen Pizza Favorite Talia di Napoli Debuts First-Ever Vegan Margherita Pizza

Frozen pizza brand Talia di Napoli, which ships authentic handmade pizzas directly from Naples, announces the launch of its first-ever certified vegan pizza: The Vegan Margherita.  Handcrafted by trained master pizza-makers in Naples, the Vegan Margherita is described as a gourmet pizza experience that tastes just like classic Neopolitan pies.  Famous for shipping authentic, made-in-Italy pizzas straight to US customers’ doors, Talia says the Vegan Margherita features a handmade sourdough crust topped with a signature pomodoro sauce and fresh basil. The pizzas are then topped with plant-based mozzarella sourced from Italy, created from a blend of cashews and almonds.  According to the brand, vegans and non-vegans alike will be impressed by the Margherita’s flavor and texture, and this option allows even more people to indulge …

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Lewis Hamilton-Backed Neat Burger Launches on Uber Eats in London

UK-based vegan restaurant chain Neat Burger has made its food available for delivery in London via the Uber Eats app. It comes as the chain launches a new menu featuring dishes such as Buffalo Cauli, Mac n Cheeze, and Nasty Nachos. Another recent addition is the limited-edition Chick’n & Waffles, which consists of a toasted Belgian waffle and fried vegan nuggets topped with bacon bits and maple syrup. These menu options will all be available via Uber Eats, along with favourites like the Smash Daddy, Buffalo Chick’n, and signature Neat Burger. The launch is part of the delivery service’s drive to offer a wider variety of options, with the aim of catering to all dietary requirements. Celebrity backers Since its launch in 2019, Neat Burger …

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Splendid Spoon

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Splendid Spoon Partners With Vegan Brands for New Category of Meal Deliveries

US plant-based meal delivery service Splendid Spoon has joined forces with Violife, Dr. Praeger, and Afia for a new category of meals called Dishes. The meals differ from Splendid Spoon’s previous offerings in that they have larger portion sizes. There are six options in the category: Vegan Chick’n Parm Dish with Red Lentil Penne & Green Beans — made with Violife Just Like Mozzarella Shreds and Dr. Praeger’s Chickenless Breasts. Roasted Cauliflower & Falafel Dish with Za’atar & Lemon Tahini Sauce — contains Afia Falafel. Creamy Korma Dish with Basmati Rice & Fried Tofu. Falafel Dish with Creamy Hummus & Tabouli — features Afia Falafel. Roasted Tomato Risotto Dish with Garlicky White Beans — contains Violife Just Like Mozzarella Shreds. Vegan Shepherd’s Pie Dish with …

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Domino’s Pizza Germany Launches “Oh Jacky” Jackfruit Pizza for Veganuary

For Veganuary 2023, Domino’s becomes the first QSR chain in Germany to launch a jackfruit pizza, having already launched vegan pizzas over the past 12 months in Spain, Australia, and the UK. Together with Lotao, the Domino’s Pizza Germany product innovation team created the Oh Jacky featuring jackfruit, cherry tomatoes, broccoli, and sweetcorn, topped with vegan grated melt from Bedda. The “Oh Jacky” pizza will be rolling out into all Domino’s stores across Germany from 4th January. “With Lotao and Bedda, we are delighted to have two enthusiastic partners at our side and that with Oh Jacky we are once again showing that you can create a culinary highlight with a purely plant-based product,” says Silke Krüger, Head of Brand at Domino’s Pizza Deutschland.   …

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Cheryl's Vegan Cookies

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JUST Egg and Cheryl’s Cookies Partner for New Plant-Based Cookie Line

JUST Egg and Cheryl’s Cookies announce they are partnering on a new selection of 100% plant-based cookies. Available through Cheryl’s cookie delivery service, the new treats come in four varieties and are available to ship to the US and Canada in time for the holidays.  According to Cheryl’s, which is part of the 1-800-FLOWERS, Inc. family of brands, the cookie flavors include sugar, chocolate chip, marshmallow chocolate chunk and frosted cut-outs. The desserts come individually wrapped in assortments like the Vegan Cookie Sampler, Traditional Holiday Gift Tin, and Happy Birthday Box.  Cherly’s first released a line of vegan cookies in August 2022 – with the inclusion of JUST Egg, the company says anyone who enjoys them will not be able to tell they are plant-based.  …

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ProVeg NHF

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How Meal Kit Companies Target Flexitarians to Promote Plant-Based & Drive Profits

Consumers are increasingly turning towards convenience, as lives get busier and working hours lengthen. This behaviour change is important for customer-focused food companies to consider, as it will affect how consumers approach mealtimes and thus, what they buy and eat. At the same time, the plant-based sector is seeing no sign of slowing down, with 40% of consumers now buying plant-based foods.  To appeal to as many consumers as possible, many meal kit brands have turned to the plant-based market, combining convenience with new ranges of plant-based recipe boxes. The past few years have also seen a huge increase in smaller recipe kit and meal box brands dedicated entirely to plant-based or vegetarian ingredients. Although these levels of growth have proved to be unsustainable, the …

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Kenchan Vegan Pork Spicy Ramen

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OMNIFoods and Kenchan Ramen Launch DIY Ramen Kits Featuring OMNI Ground Pork

Alt-protein brand OMNIFoods announces it is partnering with LA’s Kenchan Ramen to offer at-home, DIY vegan ramen kits to consumers in Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada and Utah.  Made to provide an authentic, at-home ramen experience, Kenchan Ramen’s plant-based options are now available for purchase online and include three varieties:  White Truffle Mushroom – Creamy veggie broth adn white truffle w/ spinach noodles, edamame and sauteed mushrooms, drizzled with truffle oil. Ginger Garlic Shio – An umami-filled ginger & garlic soup base with fresh noodles, sauteed mushrooms, spinach, lotus root, and onion ginger oil.  Spicy Sesame – A spicy ramen with stir-fried OmniGround pork protein, fresh noodles, edamame, chili threads and sesame seeds.  According to OMNIFoods, its plant-based OMNIPork is an all-purpose pork alternative with a …

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BettaF!sh Launches Plant-Based Tuna for Delivery in the Netherlands

German plant-based tuna brand BettaF!sh is set to launch across twelve cities in the Netherlands via instant delivery service Gorillas. Three BettaF!sh products — Pizza TU-NAH, TU-NAH Creme Naturel, and TU-NAH Creme Kappertjes + Peper — will be available via the Gorillas app. The launch will be a stepping stone for BettaF!sh to enter retail and foodservice outlets across the Netherlands. Made from organic fava beans and seaweed, TU-NAH contains no soy or wheat and is said to look and taste just like conventional canned tuna. BettaF!sh hopes its products will increase demand for seaweed, providing an alternative and more sustainable industry for fishing communities. “World’s largest alt seafood launch” BettaF!sh initially rolled out at 4000 German supermarkets last October with its flagship TU-NAH sandwiches. …

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HARVEST-BOWL-Vegan Bowls For All

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Veggie Grill Launches ‘Vegan Bowls For All’ Delivery Concept at 29 Locations

Health-forward chain Veggie Grill today announces the launch of a delivery service called Vegan Bowls For All which will operate from 29 Veggie Grill locations in California, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, and Washington. Veggie Grill has partnered with all of the most popular delivery platforms for the new concept, such as Doordash, Postmates, Uber Eats, and Grubhub, to deliver lunch and dinner seven days a week in each area. The fully vegan service debuts with six customizable whole food plant-based bowls, with a wide choice of vegan toppings. Options include: the Cali-Grains Bowl, Korean Kimchi Bowl, Chickpea Curry Bowl, Thai Coconut Curry Bowl, Harvest Bowl and Ranchero Bowl. Salad options are also available for delivery to include the Classic Romaine Caesar, Power Greens Caesar, Catalina …

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Pizza Hut UK

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Pizza Hut UK Offers Vegan Cheese for Delivery Nationwide as Meat-Free Sales Rise by 19%

Pizza Hut UK has partnered with alt-dairy brand Violife to offer vegan cheese for delivery across the country. Violife cheese has been available at Pizza Hut’s dine-in restaurants since 2017, and the partnership has now been extended to the chain’s Delivery Huts following a successful local trial earlier this summer. Customers will be able to swap the cheese on any pizza for Violife’s plant-based alternative. “The partnership gives everyone who enjoys the taste of Pizza Hut the opportunity to have a positive impact on the planet by just simply switching out their dairy cheese,” said Victoria Slater, Head of Violife UK & Ireland. Plant-based at Pizza Hut Pizza Hut has been working to improve its plant-based options for some time — in 2021, it became …

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Vistro Burger Franchise

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Meet Vistro Burger: A Fast-Growing NYC Franchise Powered by The Vegan Warrior Project

While plant-based burger concepts continue to flourish coast-to-coast, there is a growing niche for brands that forgo the usual Impossible or Beyond patties in favor of custom, chef-crafted burgers. Vistro Burger, an innovative concept in NYC, is helping to lead this bold new trend.  Founded by entrepreneur Ross Glick, Vistro Burger offers a familiar selection of hearty burgers, fries and milkshakes in a colorful fast-casual setting. But its patties – ranging from The All American, to SHROOM’N, BEANOA and CHICKpea burgers – are housemade and exceptional. Glick says this approach confers Vistro a key advantage.  “We have five unique and healthier patties than our competitors,” Glick tells vegconomist. “Our buns are vegan and kosher and blow away everyone else. Our All American Burger, an homage …

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ProVeg NFH

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Five Ways to Reach New Consumers Through Taste Marketing

Research has shown that taste is the primary motivator for plant-based food purchases, and the good news is that the food produced by many plant-based brands is super tasty! But many consumers don’t yet know this. So how do you get a consumer to taste your product before they purchase it? ProVeg International has recently published a whitepaper which details the most effective ways to leverage taste marketing to attract new customers. These strategies include engaging with: Quick commerce Influencer giveaways Chefs and food services Food trucks In-store discounts Food service as a taste-based marketing strategy Food service in particular is a great taste-centred marketing strategy. Consumers are more likely to experiment with new flavours when dining out than when ordering delivery food, and over …

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Pinky Cole Door Dash

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DoorDash Appoints Pinky Cole, CEO of Slutty Vegan, as New Chief Restaurant Advisor

Online delivery platform DoorDash announces Pinky Cole, CEO of vegan burger phenomenon Slutty Vegan, today begins a year-long role as the company’s Chief Restaurant Advisor. In her new position, Cole will serve as a “Voice of the Industry” by providing the perspective of a local restaurant operator. An integrated role Cole will also regularly communicate with DoorDash leaders, employees and local restaurateurs through industry roundtables and strategic meetings. DoorDash will additionally offer a “Speed Dial” feature that enables select DoorDash leaders to discuss important industry topics with Pinky in real-time.  “Pinky’s ambitious entrepreneurial mindset for expanding her restaurant empire, coupled with her love for connecting with the communities she operates within through the Pinky Cole Foundation, makes her an ideal operator to assume the role …

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PlantX Falafel Salad

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Canada’s PlantX Launches XMeal Plant-Based Meal Delivery in US

E-commerce platform PlantX announces the expansion of its XMeals delivery service to the US. Under the new xmeals.com domain, customers can learn more about the service and easily order premium plant-based meals and meal plans.  First launched in 2021, XMeals offers both subscription-based and one-time purchase options via an interactive navigation system. Subscribers can order weekly or monthly deliveries of high-quality meals developed by executive chefs, trainers and nutritionists. The subscription also provides access to the company’s 3 and 5-day meal plans, where customers select nutritious plant-based breakfasts, lunches and dinners curated by a registered dietician.  One-stop shop Based in Canada, PlantX has experienced strong growth in recent years as a “one-stop shop” for all things plant-based. Its online marketplace stocks over 10,000 items ranging …

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SMPL Oats Oat Milk

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Canada’s Vegano Acquires Oat Milk Brand SMPL Oats as Part of Vertical Growth Strategy

Canadian e-commerce store Vegano Foods announces it has completed its acquisition of SMPL Oats, an emerging clean-label oat milk brand, by way of a “three-cornered amalgamation”. The acquisition is Vegano’s first and marks a major milestone in the brand’s development of a vertical distribution model for scaling e-commerce opportunities on its platform.  Beginning with SMPL Oats, the company intends to purchase and invest in brands that consumers are actively seeking out in its online store, following the same model Amazon used for its successful Amazon Basics program. Vegano also plans to complement SMPL Oats with in-house branded products such as its Greens Blend and Protein Powder drink mixes, which is expected to increase consumer cart size and drive recurring purchases. Swift success SMPL Oats specializes …

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