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NotCo Preparing to Launch First NotChicken Products in US By End of 2022

Food tech startup NotCo announces it will be launching NotChicken patties at US Sprouts Farmers Markets in coming months. In addition, NotChicken nuggets are set to make their US debut in the beginning of 2023, reports FoodNavigator-USA.  Taste test winner The new products, which retail for a suggested price of $7.99/ 4-pack, performed better than competing plant-based chicken brands in a consumer taste test, according to co-founder and CEO Matias Muchnick.  While plenty of plant-based chicken patties and nuggets have appeared on the market, NotCo maintains its products – created by a patented, AI-powered tech platform  – stand apart because the company possesses unique IP and formulations. Special ingredients The brand also says NotChicken’s ingredient formulation differs according to global regional markets, with the US …

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GOOD PLANeT Foods Expands Cheese Portfolio with Plant-Based Snack Packs

Dairy-free cheese brand GOOD PLANeT Foods announces it is launching innovative new Snack Packs with plant-based cheese, fruit and nuts. Featuring two flavors, the Snack Packs will debut online and in grocery stores in October.  Made with clean ingredients such as coconut oil and plant starches, the product’s flavors include Smoked Gouda with Dried Cranberries and Almonds, and Cheddar with Dried Cranberries and Cashews. As with all GOOD PLANeT offerings, the Snack Packs are non-GMO and allergen-friendly, with no gluten, soy, or lactose. Each pack retails for a suggested price of $1.99 each. According to GOOD PLANeT, the packs are part of the brand’s drive to increase growth in the plant-based cheese segment. Snack innovations In addition to Snack Packs, GOOD PLANeT sells a wide …

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CLO-CLO Vegan Foods Secures Huge Retail Expansion Across Midwest USA

Minnesota’s CLO-CLO Vegan Foods, a producer of allergen-friendly foods with a focus on pizza, bowls and plant-based cheese, announces retail distribution of its frozen vegan pizzas across 82 Cub grocery stores, marking the first time its products are available in the Midwest with market share in Minnesota and Illinois. The line, which rolls out into the frozen pizza section of Cub stores on 8th October, includes: Tuscan Inspired Pizza, Margherita Pizza; Mediterranean Inspired Pizza; Italian Sausage Pizza; Chick’N BBQ Recipe Pizza; and Vegetable-infused Pizza Crusts (2-pack). The brand’s healthy frozen pizzas are free from egg, soy, dairy, gluten, peanuts, seafood, fish and lupin, and feature cauliflower and sweet potato bases as a replacement for standard, less healthy pizza dough. The cauliflower line launched back in …

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Plantega: “Our Approach to Disrupting Existing Structures Within the Food System is to Focus on Empowerment”

Across New York City, Plantega is making plant-based meat, cheese and egg products more approachable, affordable, and accessible through a unique concept of in-store deli marketing. Led by founder Nil Zacharias, Plantega has partnered with top brands such as JUST Egg, Beyond Meat, Good Catch, Miyoko’s Creamery and more to bring healthier, 100% plant-based foods to NYC’s iconic bodegas. Through its visionary efforts, Plantega is helping brands grow product trial and distribution while working to overcome the core challenges of cost, taste and convenience that prevent widespread adoption of plant-based foods.  Nil Zacharias spoke with vegconomist about Plantega’s business model, special insights, building community-powered food systems and more. Tell us about Plantega. Plantega is on a mission to make plant-based food easier to access everywhere. …

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Veganz Launches D2C Store to Offer Plant-Based Product Boxes

Berlin-based food brand Veganz has launched a D2C online store, which will allow consumers to directly order the company’s plant-based product boxes. The boxes contain a range of Veganz products, such as Soy Medallions, Sandwich Spread, Seitan Powder, and Thnfsh (vegan tuna). Innovative new products such as vegan honey and scrambled eggs are also included. When buying the boxes, consumers will save money compared to purchasing each product individually, which Veganz says is important due to the current cost of living crisis. To mark the launch of the store, the brand will offer an advent calendar and a specially designed recipe box for a limited time only. IPO Last year, Veganz announced its IPO on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, intending to use the proceeds to …

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Plant-Based Bakery Land&Monkeys Opens Sixth Paris Location

Land&Monkeys plant-based bakeries have been expanding rapidly in Paris since early 2020. There were already five of them in Paris, and now a sixth one is opening in the La Défense business district, in Nanterre. “This project is the story of a call for tenders… well, before that, it’s the story of the meeting between Land&Monkeys and EXALT, a subsidiary of the COMPASS group, a major player in collective catering in France and worldwide. EXALT has a soft spot for our gourmet and committed concept and we love the way they inspire thousands of people every day in their workplaces with an imaginative and surprising catering offer,” explains the 100% vegan bakery. The founders decided to present the Land&Monkeys concept in a call for tenders …

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Kiki Milk Organic Vegan Kid's Milk

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Organic Plant Milk Brand Kiki Milk Launches 32oz Shelf-Stable Cartons

Kiki Milk, which produces the “world’s first” organic plant milk designed for kids, announces it is launching a 32oz, shelf-stable size on September 26th.  By popular demand Driven by consumer request, the new 32oz product will be available in Original and Chocolate flavors, and provides a clean-label, non-dairy alternative for both kids and adults. The resealable spout also allows for multi-purpose uses such as coffee, baking, cooking, pouring into cereal, oatmeal and more. First launched in December 2021, Kiki Milk originally debuted in 8oz Tetra Paks. The product was developed by Alex and Lauren Abelin, and formulated in partnership with leading pediatrician Dr. Joel “Gator” Warsh and nutritionist Vicki Kobliner, RD. The product is made exclusively from organic ingredients such as oats, hemp seeds, sprouted …

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Germany’s REWE Supermarkets Now Offer Vegan Products at Service Counters in 50 Stores

Following the news from last week that one location of the German Rewe supermarket had opened a vegan meat counter, today the retailer announces that, from now on, several vegan products will be available at service counters in selected REWE stores. With 3,700 stores and a turnover of 26.7 billion euros, REWE Markt GmbH is one of the leading companies in German food retailing. According to a press release, this new service once again underscores REWE’s strategic claim to consistently support vegan nutrition and to offer consumers appropriate product ranges. The vegan selection in the service counters includes plant-based alternatives for meat, sausage, cheese and fish. For example, vegan salami and vegan liver sausage, vegan barbecue skewers and vegan steak, various matured cheese alternatives and …

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OmniFoods Announces Partnership With Dot Foods, North America’s Largest Food Service Redistributor

The recently announced partnership between OmniFoods and Dot Food, North America’s largest food industry redistributor, will provide consumers with access to Omni’s product portfolio through Dot’s network of more than 5,200 grocers across the US. In the first phase, which begins this month, the OMNI product range at Dot Foods consists of OMNI Ground, OMNI Strips, OMNI Luncheon and OMNI Tuna. OMNI Classic Fillet, OMNI Golden Fillet, OMNI Ocean Burger, OMNI Golden Sticks and OMNI Crab-Style Cake will be added in October. Dot Foods serves retailers across all food channels, including food service, supermarkets, convenience, drugstores and all alternative channels. With access to diverse grocery outlets, OMNI can now be sourced through Dot with a minimum quantity and two-day lead time, eliminating operational hurdles and …

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PlantX Plans to Acquire 25-Year-Old US Shopping Domain VeganEssentials.com

Digital platform PlantX announces it will acquire the online e-commerce domain www.veganessentials.com and associated intellectual property and assets.  Operating since 1997, Vegan Essentials is known as a “one-stop shopping destination” for plant-based grocery items, household goods and apparel. Stocking over 2,200 products in diverse categories, the US-based website also sells a large selection of plant-based meats and cheeses and offers worldwide shipping. According to the terms of the transaction, PlantX and Veji Holdings Ltd. (CSE: VEJI)(OTC: VEJIF) will acquire veganessentials.com and associated assets for an aggregate purchase price of C$900,000 (US$675,000), to be paid in cash and post-Consolidation Common Shares. The closing is expected to be completed no later than October 15, 2022.  Building the portfolio  “The acquisition is expected to build upon and complement …

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Jack & Annie’s Expands Jackfruit Chicken Portfolio with New Crispy Patties and Gluten-Free Tenders

Jack & Annie’s, which specializes in producing jackfruit meats, announces it is expanding its plant-based chicken portfolio with three new frozen products: Crispy Jack Patties, Buffalo Jack Patties, and Crispy Gluten-Free Jack Tenders. The new items are now available at US grocers nationwide, including Sprouts, Publix, Wegmans, Giant and Stop & Shop. Made with real jackfruit, a nutrient-dense plant known for its meaty texture, the new lineup features the same juicy flavor that has made Jack & Annie’s a fan favorite, the brand says. Products include: Crispy Jack Patties – Crispy and lightly seasoned patties that can be enjoyed on a bun or on their own Buffalo Jack Patties – Zesty flavor with hints of vinegar and butter  Crispy Gluten-Free Jack Tenders – Delicious gluten-free …

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Save Da Sea Foods Launches Plant-Based Salmon and Tuna into Canada Sobeys and Safeway Markets

Alt-seafood brand Save Da Sea Foods announces its plant-based smoked salmon and tuna is now available at 180 Sobeys and Safeway stores in Canada. According to its founder, the launch marks the first national distribution for the British Columbia-based brand.   Made with simple and minimally processed ingredients, Save Da Sea’s line features three products: Smoked Salmon –  Made from just 9 ingredients and a source of omega-3 fatty acids Smoked Salmon w/ Dill and Capers – A convenient version of the original made for bagels and cream cheese Tuna Salad – Traditional tuna salad made with jackfruit, vegan mayo, lemon and pepper All of the brand’s products are non-GMO and free from gluten and soy.  “We want to create a world where 100% of our seafood …

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Germany: Rewe Supermarket Opens Vegan Meat Counter

Operating around 3,300 stores, Rewe is the second largest food retailer in Germany behind Edeka. This month the operator of the Kaarst location, the Röttcher family, opened a 100% vegan meat counter, following a 45% increase in sales of its vegan range compared to last year. The counter offers sausage and minced meat alternatives amongst other plant-based meats and the staff at the counter are specially trained. The retailer launched its REWE Bio + vegan range in autumn of last year, stating that by 2040, the group wants to become climate neutral at the corporate level. “Some time ago, I started to focus more and more on nutrition instead of just selling food, as I am convinced that customers are more enlightened and pay more …

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NBA Star Chris Paul Launches Gopuff Good Eat’n Vegan Snacks, Invests in Umaro Bacon

Basketball superstar Chris Paul has partnered with grocery delivery platform Gopuff to introduce Good Eat’n – a new line of boldly flavored plant-based chips, popcorn, puffs and rinds. Paul has also invested in vegan bacon startup Umaro Foods for an undisclosed amount. Co-created by Paul and Gopuff, the line aims to transform the snack aisle by providing a unique selection of “surprisingly” vegan snacks made to appeal to everyone. Available via the Gopuff app, Good Eat’n features the following products and flavors: Hot Hot Puffs Cinnamon Sugar Mini Donut Puffs Nacho Cheeze Tortilla Chips Big Dill Ranch Tortilla Chips Cookies N Creme Popcorn Carolina Style BBQ Popcorn Classic BBQ Porkless Rinds.  Fan favorites To curate the line, Gopuff and Paul reportedly conducted numerous surveys, focus …

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Tesco’s Plant-Based Range Expands With 34 New Products

Tesco’s plant-based range has been significantly expanded, with 34 new products launched across a variety of categories. The UK supermarket chain has added meals such as Twisted Thai Green Curry, Spicy Pepper-No-Ni Pizza, and No Steak and Ale Pies to the Wicked Kitchen range. New sides include Eggy Style Tofu Rice and Dough Balls with Roasted Garlic Dip, while the dessert range now features Millionnaire’s Sundaes and Caramel Biscuit Dream Pots. These options can all be bought as part of the Wicked Meal Deal for 2, featuring a main, side, and dessert for £8. New dairy alternatives have also been added to both the Wicked Kitchen and Plant Chef lines. Wicked Kitchen now offers vegan shakes, while plant-based yogurts and cheeses have been launched under …

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