Aramark Germany

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Aramark Germany Offers Plant-Forward Meals at 500 Corporate Restaurants

After a decade of offering planet-friendly meals under its Earth Week label, Aramark Germany has introduced a new range of plant-forward dishes inspired by the EAT-Lancet Commission’s Planetary Health Diet. Example dishes are Vegetable Noodles with Caramelized Carrot, Pumpkin, and Parsley Foam; Baked Kohlrabi with Buckwheat, Spinach, and Smoked Tofu; and Lentil Risotto with Root Vegetables, Gremolata and Walnut Crunch. The recipes are served at all 500 German corporate restaurants managed by Aramark. The company has also collaborated with Eaternity to calculate the carbon footprint of each dish, with the results demonstrating a much lower impact than most industry standards. Aramark is further reducing its environmental impact by making use of “crooked” produce, normally wasted as it is deemed too unattractive to sell. Plant-based by …

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Mind Blown New Crab Cakes

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Mind Blown Seafood Expands Plant-Based Crab Cakes and More into US Food Service

Mind Blown by the Plant-Based Seafood Co. announces the expansion of its products into US food service through several major distributors, including Sysco, US Foods, Fancy Foods Inc., and Webstaurant. The brand’s new crab cakes will now be available in new markets across New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, as well as to operators nationwide via Webstaurant.  According to Mind Blown, the expansion means the crab cakes will also be featured on more restaurant menus, such as All Surf No Turf in Clifton, NJ.  Strong growth Mind Blown debuted its plant-based Crab Cakes, Dusted Shrimp and Scallops at all Sprouts Farmers Markets locations in July. The rollout followed two years of strong growth for the brand, which has gained the backing of celebrity chefs like Spike …

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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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Costa Christmas Menu Features Vegan Options Including P’gs & Blankets Panini

British chain Costa Coffee has launched its 2022 Christmas menu, featuring vegan options such as the P’gs & Blankets Panini. The stonebaked panini contains plant-based sausage and bacon with sage and onion stuffing, cranberry sauce, mayo, and vegan cheese. It is a vegan version of Costa’s popular Pigs Under Blankets panini. Other plant-based options include the Vegan Gluten-Free Mince Tart — featuring spiced fruit in a sweet pastry case — and Vegan Santa Gingerbread. Costa will also offer the M&S Plant Kitchen No Turkey Feast Sandwich, which consists of plant-based meat, bacon-flavour dressing, spinach, cranberry chutney, and fried onions on malted bread. Vegan at Costa Costa has been gradually increasing its plant-based options in recent years, launching a vegan bacon breakfast roll, gingerbread, and a …

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Veg Out School Lunch Program

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Chartwells K12 Launches ‘Veg Out’ Plant-Forward Lunch Menus Across US Schools

Dining service provider Chartwells K12 announces its newest culinary concept, “Veg Out”, is launching at US schools across the nation this fall, including school districts in Texas, Indiana and Washington state. The new program features over 100 new vegan and vegetarian lunch options. According to Chartwells, a subsidiary of Compass Group North America,  1 in 3 school-aged students rated vegan or vegetarian options as “extremely” or “very important” when choosing school lunch, while 37% said they would eat school lunches more often if there were better vegetarian and vegan choices.  Armed with this knowledge, Chartwells partnered with the Culinary Institute of America’s Healthy Kids Collaborative, as well as other industry leaders, to create over 120 vegan and vegetarian options including: Watermelon Poke Bowl Tuscan Bean …

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YO! Offers Plant-Based Pr*wn Crackers in Collaboration with Native Snacks

International Japanese fusion chain YO! is adding plant-based Pr*wn Crackers to its menu at 51 restaurants across the UK. Made by British company Native Snacks, the crackers will be served with YO!’s Korean Sweet Chilli Sauce and will also be available as a conveyor belt offering. This is the first time Native has ever partnered with a restaurant. According to Native, farmed prawns can have a larger environmental impact than beef as they are often produced on land reclaimed from mangroves. The company’s Pr*wn Crackers therefore have the potential to significantly reduce carbon emissions, and Native also claims to have saved tens of thousands of prawns. “We couldn’t be more excited to be partnering with YO! to offer the first Pr*wn Crackers on their menu …

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Supermeat Cultivated Chicken Sandwich

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SuperMeat Survey Reveals Nearly 90% of US Chefs Would Serve Cultivated Meat

A new survey conducted by food tech company SuperMeat discovered that 86% of American chefs are interested in serving cultivated meats, poultry or seafood to customers.  Conducted with market research consultancy Censuswide, the survey polled opinions from 251 US chefs and food professionals. The results found:  86% of chefs are interested in serving cultivated meat or poultry, with 22% of those saying they are “very interested” 84% would consider replacing conventional meat with cultivated meat on their menus if pricing were similar 77% would be willing to pay a premium for cultivated meats, with two-thirds willing to pay 11-15% more Those surveyed indicated food safety, concerns for the environment and customer demand were top motivators for adding cultivated meat to their menus.  Chicken is top …

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Just Salad Hooray Bacon

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US Salad Chain Just Salad Adds Hooray Bacon Bits to 2022 Seasonal Menu

Fast casual chain Just Salad announces it is adding plant-based bacon by Hooray Foods to its Fall 2022 Seasonal Menu. Available in the signature Sweet Mama Salad or as an add-on to any menu item, the bacon will be offered at 60+ Just Salad US locations through Dec. 22nd.  According to the chain, Hooray’s meaty plant-based bacon perfectly complements the ingredients in its autumn-inspired Sweet Mama Salad, which includes baby spinach, sliced apples, and non-vegan white cheddar. Customers can substitute Violife Creamy Vegan Feta in place of the cheddar. Just Salad says the new bacon allows guests to enjoy the flavors of bacon without the negative environmental issues associated with animal agriculture.  Made from simple, non-GMO ingredients, Hooray Foods bacon is allergy-friendly and free from …

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Aqua Cultured Foods Partners With SV Group to Bring Alt Seafood to Swiss Hospitality Sector

US food tech startup Aqua Cultured Foods has announced a collaboration with Swiss hospitality and catering company SV Group. Together, the companies will work to make Aqua’s alt seafood products available via SV’s smart fridges, cafeterias, and event venue clients. The collaboration is part of SV’s commitment to the Planetary Health Diet, which is rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, and nuts while limiting animal products. By emphasising this diet, SV hopes to benefit both the environment and human health. The company says it is challenging to source ethical and sustainable fish, describing highly realistic seafood alternatives as “potentially a breakthrough”. About Aqua Cultured Foods Aqua produces a range of alt seafood products — including calamari, shrimp, scallops, tuna, and whitefish — via microbial …

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Barvecue Juice Press Vegan Wrap

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Barvecue Partners with Juice Press to Launch BBQ & Roasted Veggies Wrap Across NYC Locations

Plant-based BBQ brand Barvecue and juice bar chain Juice Press are partnering to debut the new BBQ with Roasted Veggies Wrap. Available at Juice Press locations across New York City, the wrap features Barvecue’s signature wood-smoked Naked BVQ protein.  The new wrap can be ordered hot as a grab-and-go option, and features Naked BVQ, roasted veggies, apple cider vinegar, onion, sesame oil, and spices on a whole wheat wrap. Each wrap also contains 22 grams of non-GMO, gluten-free plant protein.  “JP is proud to partner with Barvecue to elevate plant-based offerings with a unique variety and authentic flavor profile,” said Juice Press’ Ariana Korman, RD, CDN. In 2021, the North Carolina-based Barvecue opened the world’s largest plant-based smokehouse to expand into national retail and foodservice. …

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Daring sous vide

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Daring Expands in Food Service With New Sous Vide Plant Chicken Format

Plant-based chicken leader Daring introduces new sous vide plant chicken format for food service. The idea is to provide ready-to-eat offerings to its existing and new restaurant partners. Juice Press already serves Daring’s sous vide plant chicken at over 80 of their locations. Daring developed the sous vide plant chicken in partnership with Cuisine Solutions, the largest premium food company, pioneering and perfecting the sous vide cooking technique. The sous vide plant chicken comes vacuum sealed, allowing for lower labor costs and less preparation time. It guarantees the product’s consistency and saves kitchen space. David Johnson, VP of food service at Daring, commented: “The sous vide format provides our food service partners with a new option not previously available: Ready-to-Eat. Combining our simple ingredients with Cuisine Solutions’ sous vide technology …

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Wicked Plant-Based Options

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Wicked Kitchen Partners With Minnesota Timberwolves for Plant-Based Concession Stand

Wicked Kitchen has announced the opening of an entirely plant-based concession stand in collaboration with basketball team the Minnesota Timberwolves. The stand will open at the Target Center in the Timberwolves’ home court of Minneapolis, which is also the city where Wicked is headquartered. This will be the first time the brand has served sports teams and fans. The menu includes: Sandwiches Grilled Chorizo Brat – bratwurst with spicy harissa mayo, sautéed peppers, and onions, topped with shaved lettuce on a sub roll. Jalapeño Gouda Burger – jalapeño patty, melted vegan gouda cheese, lettuce, vine-ripened tomato, and sliced onion, topped with Wicked burger sauce. Meatball Sub – Italian seasoned meatballs in Wicked’s popular Nana’s red sauce, topped with vegan parmesan on a garlic-butter sub roll. …

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Beyond Meat Tenders Arrive in German Food Service

Beyond Meat is bringing its award-winning chicken-style Beyond Tenders to the German market. Restaurateurs in Germany can order the new tenders from wholesalers beginning from this week. The demand for plant-based meat is increasing throughout Germany: according to a study by the Good Food Institute, half of Germans have reduced their consumption of animal meat in the last five years. 41% of Germans eat plant-based meat at least once a month and 25% of Germans surveyed plan to consume more plant-based meat in the coming years. Beyond Tenders are comparable to chicken, but are larger than standard market nuggets according to the company. Beyond Tenders complement the Beyond Meat portfolio, which in Germany already includes Beyond Burger, Beyond Sausage, Beyond Mince and Beyond Meatballs.  “We …

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Plantein Chicken Tenders

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Canada: Denny’s Restaurants Renews Agreement to Serve Plantein Plant-Based Tenders and Nuggets

Canadian plant-based food company Naturally Splendid announces that Denny’s Restaurants has renewed an agreement to serve Naturally’s Plantein Nuggets and Crumbed Tenders at all of Denny’s Canadian restaurants.  According to Naturally Splendid, the renewed agreement is part of a national program, and Denny’s will continue to offer plant-based chicken items at all corporate and participating franchise locations. Consumers can find the breaded tenders and nuggets under the Plantein brand, with Denny’s recently completing new on-premises advertising and a rebranded restaurant menu.  Plantain’s tenders and nuggets are also available for online retail purchase, along with the brand’s other products, including Plant-Based Schnitzel, Garlic Kievs, the Crispy Burger, and Phishy Fillet.  New additions “In addition to renewing our agreement, we are very excited to report that Denny’s …

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JUST Egg Starbucks Bites

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Starbucks USA Trials New Plant-Based Menu With JUST Egg and Daring Chicken

Starbucks USA is now testing 18 new menu items at several stores, including six all-vegan savory and dessert options. The new selection includes sous vide bites made with JUST Egg and Daring plant chicken, reports VegNews. The limited-time menu is currently available at three Starbucks stores in the DC Metro area and includes: Plant-Based Chicken Sausage and Pepper Sous-Vide Bite (Daring jalapeño chicken sausage and JUST Egg) Plant-Based Smoky Poblano & Black Bean Sous-Vide Bite (JUST Egg base with black beans, lime zest, sweet corn, roasted poblano peppers, and smoky chipotle chili)  Plant-Based Chicken Sausage & Pepper Sandwich Mini (A sandwich version of its test chicken sausage bite) The chain is also testing several new sweets:  Golden Ginger Coconut Boba Bite (Inspired by Taiwanese boba …

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