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OLIVIERI 1882’s Traditional Panettone Recipe Goes Vegan for Christmas

Italian panettone specialist OLIVIERI 1882 is launching an all-natural, vegan panettone for authentic Italian holiday celebrations. The new Vegan Christmas Cake is 100% prepared by hand, according to Olivieri. Surveys reveal that one in four consumers worldwide identifies as a flexitarian, and half of the consumers globally are interested in plant-based foods or beverages. With these trends in place, vegan sales expectations are high for this Christmas.   “Doted on by Italians for centuries, panettone reigns as the bel paese’s holiday treat of choice. The tall, dome-shaped sweet bread traditionally calls for butter and eggs, but Olivieri 1882’s take on the classic means vegans can have their cake and eat it, too!” says the company. Swapping animal ingredients OLIVIERI 1882 has been baking panettone for …

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Actual Veggies Now Available at 1000+ US Locations Following Kroger Launch

Actual Veggies, a US brand making plant-based burgers from vegetables, now has a retail footprint of over a thousand stores nationwide following its launch at Kroger. Consumers can find Actual Veggies products at Kroger supermarkets in Cinncinati, Michigan, and Atlanta, and additionally the plant-based burgers are also available at the chain’s subsidiaries Fry’s Food and Drug, Ralphs Grocery Company, Quality Food Center, Mariano’s, Smith’s Food & Drug Centers, King Soopers/City Market, and Fred Meyer. Actual vegetable-based burgers Rather than attempting to imitate meat, Actual Veggies distinguishes itself from other plant-based burger brands by using unprocessed vegetables and legumes as a base. Examples include The Green Burger, made with kale, broccoli, peas, zucchini, and spinach, and The Black Burger, which contains black beans, parsnip, red pepper, …

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G.H. Bass Launches First Vegan Weejun Loafers with Desserto Cactus Leather

American footwear brand G.H. Bass, known for introducing the first penny loafers in 1936, announces it is releasing two vegan versions of its classic Weejun Loafer made from Desserto cactus leather.   “Cutting-edge” sustainability Launching for Fall/ Winter 2022, the new Cactus Leather Weejun Loafers feature alternative leather developed from nopal cactus leaves, and are available in Green, Burgundy and Black colorways. The Loafers include cactus leather soft liners and insoles, waxy threaded stitched seams and traditonal Weejuns lightweight outsoles.  The Cactus Leather Loafers are available on the G.H. Bass website and retail for $202. Attractive alt-leather Founded by Adrián López Velarde and Marte Cázarez, Desserto’s award-winning cactus leather quickly broke into sustainable fashion world as an attractive, toxin- and cruelty-free alternative to leather.  Following its …

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Califia Farms Whipping Cream

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Califia Farms Expands Plant-Based Creamer Line with Dairy-Free Heavy Whip

Plant-based dairy pioneer Califia Farms announces the addition of Heavy Whip, a one-to-one swap for heavy whipping cream, to its plant-based lineup.  Ideal for whipping, baking and cooking, the Heavy Whip is a multipurpose ingredient that allows consumers to customize any recipe calling for traditional heavy cream – from soup and salad dressings to whipped toppings and desserts.  Available in 16.9 oz refrigerated cartons, the unflavored, unsweetened Heavy Whip is gluten-free and made from a coconut oil base.  Each carton retails for a suggested $4.89, and as with all Califia products, the Whip is kosher and non-GMO.  New cookbook To celebrate the launch and highlight the diversity of Califia’s entire product portfolio, the company partnered with celebrity chef Carla Hall to release a new digital …

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Beyond Meat Launches Popcorn Chicken and Nuggets into 5,000 Kroger and Walmart Stores

Beyond Meat (NASDAQ: BYND) announces the addition of Beyond Nuggets and Popcorn Chicken to its plant-based chicken portfolio. Rolling out at 5,000 Kroger and Walmart stores, as well as select Albertsons and Ahold markets, the new products build on the recent launch of the company’s first steak product, Beyond Steak.  Made from a blend of pea and faba bean protein, the Nuggets and Popcorn Chicken contain 50% less fat than traditional chicken nuggets with 14 g of protein and no cholesterol. Both products are also made without added soy, GMOs, hormones or antibiotics. The pre-cooked Nuggets offer a “lunchbox-friendly” option for parents that can be prepared in the air fryer in under five minutes, while the Popcorn Chicken similarly can cook directly from frozen for …

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VFC Announces “More Meat-Like” Recipe, New SKUs, and First Product For Kids

UK vegan chick*n / food activism brand VFC announces a new, “more meat-like” recipe, new Chick*n Tenders and Spicy Fillets, and its very first product for children, which rolled out into Sainsbury’s 6th Nov. The new core recipe — offering a crispier, crunchier southern-fried cornflake coating, higher protein and less salt — will be applied to the full VFC range, which will now include Original Recipe Crispy Chick*n Tenders and Spicy Fillets. VFC states that its proprietary cutting-edge extrusion technology successfully mimics the juiciness, texture and flavour of animal chicken. Concurrently, VFC announces it will see brand coverage increase tenfold throughout 2023, with new listings in Ocado and increased distribution across Sainsbury’s, surpassing 3,200 distribution points in total. The products, recently voted Best New Vegan …

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Allbirds Vegan Sneaker

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Allbirds Launches First 100% Vegan Sneakers Made from Upcycled Rice and Citrus Peels

Footwear brand Allbirds has announced the launch of the Plant Pacer, its first 100% vegan sneaker. While Allbirds is traditionally known for its natural line of shoes incorporating sheep’s wool, the Plant Pacer makes use of sustainable, plastic and petroleum-free plant leather.  88% less carbon The Plant Pacer offers the same signature comfort Allbirds is famous for, and is constructed from innovative materials like rubber, plant oils, upcycled rice hulls and even citrus peels.  The shoe’s eco-friendly ingredients mean it produces 88% less carbon than conventional animal leather, and 75% less than standard synthetic pleather. The Plant Pacer, which retails for about $135, also features lightweight eucalyptus-based TENCEL™Lyocell blend lining. Allbirds is offering a canvas version of the Plant Pacer constructed with organic cotton and …

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Skinny Butcher Debuts Crazy Crispy Chick’n Line at H-E-B Stores Throughout Texas

Plant-based poultry brand Skinny Butcher announces it best-selling chicken alternatives are now available at H-E-B supermarkets across Texas. The latest rollout continues strong retail growth for the brand, which launched in US Walmart stores nationwide last May.  H-E-B shoppers can now find Skinny Butcher tenders, nuggets and breasts in their local stores’ frozen aisle. The grocer is also offering $1 off Skinny Butcher items from Nov. 12-16 and then again from Jan. 4-17. Made from pea protein, vegetable fibers, and a proprietary spice blend, Skinny Butcher’s plant-based chicken features extra-crispy double breading and a tender inside. Its soy- and palm oil-free product line includes Crazy Crispy Chick’n Breasts, Tenders, Nuggets and Patties. Popular nuggets Last spring, Skinny Butcher partnered with Netflix’s hit show “Stranger Things” …

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Meati to Debut First Mycelium-Based Carne Asada Steak

Meati Foods, a company making alternative chicken and steak from mushroom root, announces it will soon launch its first marinated steak product, Meati Carne Asada.  Debuting Nov. 10th, the Carne Asada is Meati’s fourth product made from mycelium, following its Classic Cutlet, Crispy Cutlet and Classic Steak offerings. With a texture similar to the best-selling Classic Steak, Meati’s Carne Asada features a whole-cut filet pre-seasoned with cumin, paprika and other spices.  Nutrient-dense The ready-to-cook product is prepared in the same way as conventional carne asada, with each 4 oz. serving providing a nutrient-dense source of complete protein, along with fiber, amino acids, iron and zinc.  The Carne Asada will be available to purchase via Meati’s website in two releases on Nov. 10th and Dec. 8th, …

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Aldi vegan Christmas range

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Aldi UK Launches Vegan Christmas Range Including Roast & Cheese Selection

Aldi UK has revealed its vegan Christmas range for 2022, featuring the most popular products from previous years and a selection of new ones. Mains will include: No Turkey Roast — a soy-based joint with chestnut and cranberry stuffing, topped with plant-based bacon. No Beef Wellington — a soy mixture covered in creamy mushroom paste and encased in puff pastry. Nut Roast — Walnuts and roasted vegetables with cranberry sauce and plant-based Camembert. Vegan Festive Wreath — a dish consisting of butternut squash, pumpkin seeds, and chestnuts, topped with a cranberry glaze, orange slices, and rosemary. Sides and snacks The mains can be accompanied by Aldi’s No Pigs in Blankets, vegan stuffing balls, and plant-based gravy. The chain has also introduced a new range of …

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IFFCO Launches “GCC’s First 100% Plant-Based Meat Venture” in UAE

IFFCO Group has announced the launch of THRYVE, claimed to be the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC’s) first 100% plant-based meat venture. IFFCO is an international UAE-based group that manufactures and markets FMCG brands such as Noor, Rahma, Al Baker, Hayat, and Savannah. The company plans to commission its first plant-based meat factory by early 2023, accelerating the shift towards sustainable and healthy food sources. Investing in the future THRYVE will be an innovative plant-based food hub that aims to develop, manufacture, and market a sustainable, healthy plant-based meat and alternative foods portfolio. The venture plans to blend new food research and technology with local cuisine and deep-rooted traditions to create products tailored to the region’s demand for sustainable foods. “Our plant-based venture launch is guided …

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Dating App Grazer Relaunches as ‘Meatless Matchmaker’ for World Vegan Day

Grazer, a UK dating and friend-finding app dedicated solely to vegans and vegetarians, has relaunched for World Vegan Day. The app has also rebranded, describing itself as “the meatless matchmaker”. “You don’t have to cuddle a carnivore or put your ethics aside for a ride. If you’re looking for something serious or not so serious, Grazer is here to be your meatless matchmaker,” says the company. “A serious glow-up” The Grazer app was founded by Lewis Foster and Charlotte Elizabeth, both vegans with experience of dating meat-eaters. In 2021, the app was among the 21 startups that received full or partial funding through Vevolution’s investment marketplace.   Earlier this year, Grazer raised over $400,000 in a crowdfunding campaign. This enabled the company to rebrand, accelerate its …

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Miyoko’s Launches Cultured Oat Milk Butter into US Walmart Stores Nationwide

Plant-based dairy brand Miyoko’s Creamery announces it has launched its Organic Cultured Oat Milk Butter into US Walmart stores nationwide.  Described as the “world’s finest” cultured oat butter, the product is made from sunflower oil, whole-grain oat milk and coconut oil. According to the brand, the 12 oz. butter offers a convenient and allergen-friendly spread, with no gluten, lactose, soy, cashews or palm oil. The butter is also USDA Certified Organic and made without artificial colors or preservatives.  2022 has been an eventful year for Miyoko’s,  which is currently wrapping up a multi-state food truck tour it launched last month to showcase its range of artisanal cheeses and butter.  New products This spring, the brand debuted its groundbreaking Liquid Vegan Pizza Mozzarella at regional Whole …

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Armored Fresh Dairy-Free Cheese

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Armored Fresh Debuts Innovative Almond Milk Cheese on US Market

Armored Fresh, a US subsidiary of Korean food and beverage leader Yangyoo, announces the launch of its breakthrough plant-based cheese in over 100 markets in New York City, with an upcoming expansion to New Jersey. The products will also be available nationwide in late November via the brand’s website. Armored Fresh, which raised $23M in Pre-Series B funding in June, will debut three varieties of cubed cheese (Cheddar, Plain, Blueberry) through retail distribution with Key Foods, Met Fresh, C Town, City Acres, and associated stores throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn. Made from almond milk and plant-based lactic acid, Armored’s cheese is created using innovative techniques that replicate the process of making dairy cheese. This process gives its cheese a soft texture and characteristic, fragrant flavor that …

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Current Foods Vegan Tuna

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Current Foods Launches Plant-Based Smoked Salmon and Tuna Poke at Berkeley Bowl

Plant-based seafood brand Current Foods announces it has launched its Smoked Salmon and Tuna Poke into Berkeley Bowl market in the San Francisco Bay Area. The debut marks Current’s first retail location, with more stores expected to be added soon.  Described as sushi-grade and “shockingly real”, the Smoked Salmon slices are made from ingredients like peas, algae, potato and bamboo. The slices provide a rich source of iron, B12 and protein, while being free from mercury and microplastics. Current debuted the Smoked Salmon last month at Expo East, and revealed it would be launching at several additional retail partners, including Showfields, Fairway Market and Gourmet Garage in NYC.  Current’s pre-marinated, ready-to-eat Tuna Poke Cubes feature ingredients such as algae, peas, tomato and radish, with a …

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