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Vgarden Launches “Game-Changing” Vegan Tinned Tuna for B2B

Israeli manufacturer Vgarden announces the launch of a 100% vegan tinned tuna for the global B2B food market. The Israeli food-tech claims the NPD offers the same appearance, texture, aroma, and flavour as the regular canned staple.  Ilan Adut, Vgarden’s CEO, states: “Our tinned tuna has a distinct flaky, yet moist and chewy texture, with a powerful fresh-from-the-sea aroma.”   Responding to a planetary need Canned tuna is a popular source of affordable protein conveniently stored without refrigeration. But according to a UN report, tuna is the world’s most consumed fish. Tom Rothman, head of global sales at Vgarden, says that overfishing has dwindled numbers of various species, such as the yellowfin and the Atlantic bluefin, to the edge of extinction. With the global tuna fish market projected to …

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Heinz nuggets made from beans

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Heinz UK Launches Meatless Nuggets Made From Beans

Heinz UK has introduced a new range of crispy meat-free nuggets made from beans and vegetables. Designed to appeal to children, the Magical Beanz Nuggetz come in three varieties. The Original Nuggetz are made with tomato and sweetcorn and the Curried Nuggetz contain carrot, parsnip, curry spices, and coconut. Both products are fully plant-based, while a third option — Cheesy Nuggetz — contains dairy and as such is suitable for vegetarians and flexitarians. The nuggets are bean-shaped and coated in golden breadcrumbs. “We know that parents want quick, easy meals that their kids will eat — but they also want them to be delicious and without any nasties,” said Sophie Higgins, Head of Growth Platform at Heinz New Ventures. “We’re also seeing more parents opting …

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SHICKEN On Track for Tenfold Current Growth With Rollout Into 471 Tesco Stores

SHICKEN, a producer of Indian-style plant-based ready meals, has gained its first major UK supermarket listing. Three of the brand’s products are now available at 471 Tesco stores nationwide: SHICKEN Tikka Masala — plant-based chicken pieces marinated in a vegan yogurt and spice mix, then covered in a creamy sauce. SHICKEN Korma — a sweet and spicy curry with all dairy ingredients swapped for coconut cream and vegan yogurt. SHICKEN Tikka Kebabs — spicy vegan skewers suitable as a snack or as part of a barbecue. Initially, SHICKEN began life as a a D2C brand, then went on to secure retail listings at 29 UK Costco stores last year as well as three of Iceland’s biggest grocery retailers (Hagkaup, Kronan, and Netto). The brand’s rapid …

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7-Eleven Impossible Breakfast Sandwich

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7-Eleven Canada Debuts Plant-Based Breakfast Sandwich with Impossible Sausage and JUST Egg

JUST Egg announces 7-Eleven Canada is launching a new, 100% plant-based breakfast sandwich across its stores. The Plant-Based Breakfast Sandwich with Impossible Sausage is now available 24/7 at participating 7-Eleven locations nationwide. Made with Impossible Sausage, JUST Egg, and melted Violife Cheddar inside a toasted English muffin, the sandwich is described as an option for both “vegan lovers and flexitarians” that offers 18 grams of plant-based protein. It also offers a good source of iron and calcium, with zero cholesterol.  More healthy options The sandwich is 7-Eleven Canada’s latest plant protein offering – in 2022, the convenience chain partnered with Lightlife Foods to debut plant-based chicken tenders in more than 600 of its stores.  According to 7-Eleven, the oven-baked tenders were part of a commitment …

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[MOCK] Launches “Chef-Quality” Plant-Based Lamb and Chicken Range for Food Service

[MOCK], a plant-based food brand based in London, recently announced the launch of its plant-based lamb and chicken range created exclusively for professional chefs and food service operators. According to the company, its “chef-quality” plant-based alternatives are suitable for replacing conventional meat without compromising taste and texture, giving chefs flexibility when creating meat-free dishes.  [MOCK]’s plant-based meat range comes in 1kg format, including the following: Lamb pieces  Chicken pieces  Chicken fillet  Chicken fillet burger  Chicken popcorn  Chicken drumstick  Last November, the plant-based meat startup won Best Whole Cut Product for its MOCK lamb at the Food Bev Awards, held at Plant Based World Expo Europe. Better plant-based meat for chefs [MOCK] was founded by Harpreet Gill, joined in Q4 2022 by Pappudu Sriram — previously partner …

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Dr. Praeger's AMC Theatres plant-based menu

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AMC Theatres Now Serving Dr. Praeger’s Plant-Based Chicken, Burgers and More

Natural foods brand Dr. Praeger’s announces several of its plant-based proteins are now on the menu at American theater chain AMC Theatres. The selections include a plant-based Grilled Chicken Sandwich, Patty Melt and Gourmet Tenders.  “Hand-crafted menu” While Dr. Praeger’s has not yet detailed how many theaters carry the menu, social media users report finding the items at Northeast AMC locations, including New York. Note: The company has also not yet indicated if the menu is 100% plant-based, so the cheese/ sauces may contain dairy. Described as a “hand-crafted, plant protein-loaded” menu, the debut features a variety of plant-based beef and chicken items, including: Chimichurri Plant-Based Grilled Chicken Sandwich – Topped with Chimichurri mayo, avocado, iceberg lettuce and jack cheese Patty Melt on Texas Toast  …

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UK: Latest Veganuary Offerings From Squeaky Bean, Urban Eat & Aldi

Squeaky Bean, Urban Eat & Aldi have added new Veganuary offerings, with vegan products ranging from alternative meats, vegetable sandwiches, and vegan cheese.   Squeaky Bean The 100% vegan deli slice specialist Squeaky Bean has announced two new meat alternatives for its heat & eat range — Seasoned Chicken Style Pieces and Tandoori Chicken Style Pieces — now available in Sainsbury’s stores nationwide. The brand says that both ready-to-cook vegan options are high-protein and delicious. Another recent Squeaky Bean addition is its chorizo-style sausage made from fava beans, which launched last month at Waitrose. “Sometimes we all need that satisfying feeling of cooking a meal, but it doesn’t mean you have to spend hours in the kitchen. Two new easy-to-use recipes have been created to ensure …

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Beyond Steak

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Beyond Meat Expands Beyond Steak and Popcorn Chicken to Costco and Sam’s Club

Beyond Meat announces its popular Beyond Steak and Popcorn Chicken are expanding to wholesale retailers Costco and Sam’s Club.  As of January 4th, Beyond Steak can be found at over 50 Costco locations in Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Colorado and Southern California, while the Popcorn Chicken is now available at all US Sam’s Club stores. The launch means consumers can now purchase both products in bulk quantities, with Beyond Steak and Popcorn Chicken offered in 28 oz. and 30 oz. packages, respectively.  “Better-for-you” proteins Beyond Steak, which debuted in October, features chopped plant-based tips that caramelize and crisp when seared. Each serving offers 21 grams of plant protein, is low in saturated fat and contains zero cholesterol.  In 2022, TIME Magazine recognized Beyond Steak as …

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Vegan Sour Cream

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Violife Debuts First Dairy-Free Sour Cream at Over 800 Walmart Locations

Plant-based brand Violife announces it is expanding its US portfolio by launching its first dairy-free sour cream in 883 Walmart stores. The new Violife Just Like Sour Cream is described as having a rich, creamy and tangy taste without the dairy. The innovation can be used in any recipe that requires sour cream – from stuffed potatoes to pound cakes – as well as a topping for nachos, tacos and chili.  Retailing for an MRSP of $4.99, Just Like Sour Cream joins Violife’s existing line of dairy-free cheese varieties, and like the brand’s other products, is non-GMO and free from lactose, soy, nuts, gluten, palm oil, artificial flavors and preservatives. Sold in 65 markets Owned by Upfield, Violife is one of the fastest-growing plant-based dairy …

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The Laughing Cow Plant Based

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Update: Bel Brands USA Unveils First Animal-Free Dairy with Nurishh Incredible Dairy and Laughing Cow Plant-Based

Update Jan 4th: Comment from Bel USA as follows. Due to unforeseen production challenges of The Laughing Cow Plant-Based, rollout in the US has been delayed. We remain excited and eager for The Laughing Cow fans to try it when it’s available on shelves. Following the successful launches of Babybel Plant Based and Boursin Dairy-Free, Bel Brands USA announces the launch of The Laughing Cow Plant Based and Nurishh Incredible Dairy Animal Free Cream Cheese – its first animal-free product created in partnership with Perfect Day.  Debuting at select retailers, including Kroger and Whole Foods, the new offerings include:  The Laughing Cow Plant Based – Certified plant-based and vegan, The Laughing Cow Plant Based delivers the same taste and creamy spreadability people know and love. …

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Tesco Plant Chef Meat Free Fish Cakes

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Tesco Launces New Frozen Vegan Products as Consumers Increasingly Head to Frozen Aisle

The UK’s largest supermarket chain Tesco has announced the introduction of five new products to its Plant Chef frozen food range. The retailer says that consumers are increasingly shopping in the frozen aisle and that frozen foods are an efficient way to save money and prevent waste. Tesco as early trendsetter Tesco initially paved the way in UK retail for plant-based products, with vegan chef Derek Sarno at the helm, and was named the top supermarket in the UK for plant-based products back in early 2021, though it is unclear in 2023 which supermarket leads the way, with most of the Big Five upping their game this Veganuary. In September last year, Tesco expanded its range with 34 new products launched across various categories.  Tesco’s …

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Philippines: WTH Foods Launches Frozen Plant-Based Meat Line

WTH Foods, a food technology startup based in the Philippines, has launched a 100% frozen plant-based meat line called Umani. The company claims its NPDs are high in proteins and fibre, free from cholesterol and trans fats, and made using microalgae, soy, and wheat proteins. Based in Manila, the food tech aims to lead Asia’s transition to meat alternatives by innovating with sustainable ingredients and taking inspiration from local flavours. “We have taken the challenge of turning vegetables into something fit for meaty cravings that are healthy and kind to all,” commented WTH Foods co-founder and CEO Carissa Lim. Feeding 10 billion by 2050 WTH Foods was founded in 2019 to help feed the world’s population — set to rise to 10 billion by 2050 …

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Asda new plant-based products

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Asda to Launch Over 110 New Plant-Based Products in 2023

UK supermarket chain Asda is set to introduce a huge selection of new plant-based products this year, spread across two different ranges. The brand new OMV! range offers “decadent, tasty treats”, including meat alternatives such as Hot & Spicy No Chicken Burgers and No Pork Caramelised Red Onion Sausages. It will also include ready meals like plant-based macaroni cheese and the No Prawn Sandwich, along with sweet treats such as Choc Brownies and the Salted Fudge Chocolate Bar. 86 products for Veganuary Meanwhile, Asda’s nutritionally balanced Plant Based range will be expanded with new options including bacon-style rashers and a Chick*n Caesar Wrap. The latter features flame-grilled soy protein pieces, vegan Caesar-style mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato, gherkins, and vegan Italian-style hard cheese. 86 products will launch …

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Target Tabitha Brown

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Target Launching New Tabitha Brown Food Collection Featuring 40 Vegan Products

US retail chain Target announces it is partnering with superstar influencer Tabitha Brown to launch the Tabitha Brown for Target Vegan Food and Kitchen Collection. The limited-time collection features nearly 100 items covering grocery, tableware, linens, food storage and cookware. Debuting January 8th, Brown’s vegan grocery range includes 40 different selections of plant-based meats, spreads, pasta, snacks and more. The extensive collection includes: BBQ Seasoned Patties Garlic Plant-Based Patties Plant-Based Sausage with Mushrooms Sausage w/ Jalapeño & Cilantro Sausage w/ Mango, Basil & Cilantro  Strawberry Cream Cheese Caramelized Onion Cream Cheese  Garlic Cream Cheese Cilantro Lime Aioli  Spicy Cilantro Garlic Spread Truffle Garlic Spread Roasted Garlic & Parmesan Organic Popcorn  Vegan Potato Salad Garlic Pasta Salad Vegan Pizza Ravioli  Polenta & Wild Mushroom Ravioli Vegan …

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havredals plant based chicken burger

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Sweden: Havredals & Bun Meat Bun Launch Plant-Based Chicken Burger for Veganuary

Havredals, a Swedish plant-based foods company, has announced a partnership with Stockholm’s burger chain Bun Meat Bun to launch a plant-based chicken burger this Veganuary.  Both companies worked together to create “a delightful and healthy alternative” to inspire and increase the number of customers choosing a plant-based meal. Bun Meat Bun said this launch is the company’s new step toward a sustainable, plant-based menu. Making the plant-based transition easier “We are glad that Bun Meat Bun has chosen to include us on their menu and thus be part of the journey to make the transition to plant-based easier!” commented Katerina Cronstedt, Havredals’ CEO. Swedish plant-based foods Based in Uppsala, Havredals develops plant-based foods, ranging from oat drinks and creams to burgers and minced meat. Its first …

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