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Meet Modern Kitchen: “Uncompromising” Animal-Free Cream Cheese With Real Dairy Ingredients

While plant-based cream cheese products continue to grow in size and diversity, Modern Kitchen is bringing something entirely new to the market: a non-animal cream cheese made with real dairy ingredients.  Using Perfect Day’s animal-free whey protein, Modern Kitchen says it is taking a modern food tech approach to reinvent traditional foods without compromising on taste. By utilizing Perfect Day’s revolutionary protein, made with precision fermentation, the brand says its products reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 97% when compared to conventional dairy.  First launched in 2022, Modern Kitchen sells a full lineup of lactose-free cream cheeses in several flavors, including a newly added “Plain” variety. Last year, the brand debuted in regional US grocery chains Harris Teeter and Market Basket.   Made with a …


Vegan Whipt Cream

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Alamance Foods Debuts Dairy-Free ‘Whipt’ Cream in Coconut, Almond and Oat

Food technology firm Alamance Foods announces the launch of Whipt – a dairy-free new alternative to traditional whipped cream. Available in three varieties – Coconut, Almond and Oat, Whipt can be found in the US in Lidl, Woodman’s Market and select Walmart locations. Sold in classic steel canisters, Whipt is described as a “viable alternative” to dairy-based whipped cream that both adults and children can enjoy. Whipt’s gluten-free flavors include three protein bases:  Oat – A vanilla-flavored cream for topping an oat milk latte or any hot beverages Almond – Features a nutty, Marzipan-like flavor that contrasts hot chocolate and more Coconut – For decorating pies and cakes – can also substitute milk in any dessert  According to the company, Whipt’s products come in recyclable …


General Mills Vegan Cream Cheese

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General Mills Launches Bold Cultr Cream Cheese Made with Remilk Animal-Free Dairy

Alt-dairy startup Remilk announces global food giant General Mills is launching Bold Cultr Cream Cheese made with Remilk’s animal-free protein. Now available in the state of Minnesota, with wider distribution planned, the product marks Remilk’s first commercial collaboration.  Described as a lactose-free, next-gen cream cheese alternative, Bold Cultr features Remilk’s dairy-identical proteins produced through precision fermentation. The cream cheese, currently available in a Plain variety, also prominently displays Remilk’s logo on its packaging.  According to Remilk, this is the first of three cream cheeses the company will be launching, with new flavors such as Onion & Chive and Strawberry also in the works, reports CTech.  “We provide raw material that allows companies to produce a product with the same taste and texture, and it will …


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Leverage the Cost-of-Living Crisis and Grow Your Plant-Based Business

Upon entering a new year, there will be things we want to leave in the past and others we want to bring into the future. Unfortunately, last year’s cost-of-living crisis has stepped into 2023 with us and it looks set to stay for a while yet.  Food inflation is having an immediate impact on grocery prices, affecting everyday consumers and businesses alike. According to Statista, the inflation rate for food and non-alcoholic beverages in the European Union reached a staggering 17.9% in November 2022. Consumers are reacting by purchasing fewer treats and reducing their overall budgets and consumption. Additionally, people are changing what they are buying and from where, including switching supermarkets and cutting back on purchasing meat products. Plant-based products less vulnerable to inflation …


One Planet Pizza

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One Planet Pizza Now Permanently Available at Asda Following Successful Trial

After a successful trial as part of Asda’s incubator program last year, One Planet Pizza is now permanently available at 400 of the chain’s stores across the UK. During the trial, the pizzas were only available at a limited number of locations. Now, One Planet’s bestselling pizza, the Spicy Peppernomi, has launched nationwide in Asda’s frozen aisle where it will be stocked alongside major global brands such as Goodfellas and Chicago Town. One Planet is also working to become the world’s most sustainable pizza brand. After launching carbon labelling last year, the company aims to achieve B-Corp status by the end of 2024. “The future of pizza” Last year, One Planet completed a successful crowdfunding campaign, raising over 76% of its £200,000 target on the …


Armored Fresh American Cheese

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Armored Fresh Unveils New Almond Milk Slices, Plans US National Launch Early 2023

Food tech company Armored Fresh announces it will soon launch its innovative Almond Milk Cubes and American Slices nationwide in the US. In addition, the brand recently debuted its Zero Dairy Cheese product, Almond Milk American Slices, at the 2023 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.  A subsidiary of Korean food and beverage leader Yangyoo, Armored Fresh specializes in alternative dairy and says its “world-changing technology” can sustainably replicate the animal proteins found in dairy with plants. To create its products, Armored Fresh scientists have collaborated with a team of Michelin-rated chefs to develop a precision formulation of plant-based lactic acid and almond milk. This technology, it states, allows the brand to replicate the aroma, texture, and flavor of dairy cheese with no dairy, cholesterol, …


Is Aldi the most plant-forward supermarket in Europe?

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Is ALDI Becoming the Most Plant-Forward Supermarket in Europe?

As ALDI unveils a wide range of vegan cheese in the UK, we take a look at its recent developments and ask, is the discount retailer aiming to become the most plant-forward supermarket in Europe? The UK ALDI offers a vast plant-based range in the UK, which was recently expanded further for Veganuary. Example products include roasting joints, tofu, and no-fish cakes. The chain has also recently launched a vegan cheese range, including soft cheese in both plain and garlic and herb flavours. Additionally, the range features Grated Mozzarella, Greek Style Salad Cheese, and Grated Hard Cheese, alongside products made by other brands such as Applewood, Boursin, and Babybel. Germany Germany’s ALDI SÜD offers over 700 vegan products, and recently announced plans to expand this …


Cathedral City

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Cathedral City Plant Based Expands to More Major Retailers as Vegan Cheese Sales Soar

In September of last year, the UK’s top-selling cheddar brand Cathedral City (owned by Saputo Dairy) launched a plant-based version of its cheese. After making its debut at Tesco, the cheese has now launched at Sainsbury’s and Asda, and is also set to roll out at Morrisons, Ocado, and Amazon Fresh by the end of the month. The cheddar alternative is available in block, grated, and sliced versions. Cathedral City has also begun a marketing campaign to promote its plant-based cheese during Veganuary. The brand says sales have been very strong since the product’s launch in September. Rapid market growth The expansion comes as a market report predicts a CAGR of 15.1% for the plant-based cheese market over the next decade. Globally, the market is …


Organic Oatmilk

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Califia Farms Debuts Line of 3-Ingredient Organic Oatmilk and Almondmilk

Plant-based beverage leader Califia Farms announces it is expanding its popular line of dairy-free products with USDA Certified Organic Oatmilk and Almondmilk.  Now available at Kroger, Whole Foods, Sprouts and other US national retailers, the new Oatmilk and Almondmilk expand the number of Certified Organic dairy-free milk products in US stores.  Made with just three ingredients and no oils or gums, Califia says the products are designed to meet the needs of consumers seeking fewer ingredients at an affordable price point. Described as having a “true homemade taste”, the products can be used for cereal, smoothies, cooking and baking. Additional descriptions: Organic Almondmilk Made from purified water, organic almonds and sea salt USDA certified  Available in refrigerated format in a 48-ounce bottle $5.99 MSRP Califia …


Ben & Jerry's Vegan Oatmeal Ice Cram

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After 10 Years, Ben & Jerry’s ‘Most Requested’ Oatmeal Ice Cream Re-Launches with Partake Cookies

Ben & Jerry’s announces it is bringing back its long-sought-after ice cream flavor, Oatmeal Cookie Chunk, as an all-new non-dairy dessert: Oatmeal Dream Pie. Created in collaboration with Partake Foods, the new ice cream features Partake Gluten-Free Oatmeal Cookies and will soon appear in US stores as a full-time dairy-free addition.  Ben & Jerry’s discontinued the fan favorite Oatmeal Cookie Chunk in 2012; since then, the Vermont-based company has reported it as its most commonly-requested flavor by fans. The new Oatmeal Crème Pie features Partake’s allergy-friendly oatmeal cookies combined with marshmallow swirls. The dessert is certified vegan and will retail for an MRSP of $5.99 – $6.49 per pint. “Foodie fans can rejoice this new version of our nostalgic offering,” said Flavor Guru, Chris Rivard, …


squeaky bean's ready to cook tandoori chicken product

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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 …


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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Hi Vegs! Secures Carrefour Listing in Spain

Hi Vegs!, the Dacsa Group’s vegetable products company, is now available in Carrefour supermarkets in Spain, bringing its retail footprint to a total of 200 listings. The Dacsa Group, leader in the corn and rice milling sector, launches in Carrefour Spain with a range of four 100% vegan products: Bocaditos de atún (tuna snacks) Bocaditos de ternera (Veal morsels) Albóndigas (meatballs) Veggieclara (functional egg white substitute made from aquafaba which can be used in numerous sweet and savoury recipes, such as sauces, cakes, omelettes, etc) Both Hi Vegs! Bocaditos and Albóndigas are 100% plant-based products, made from texturised pea protein. The Dacsa Group’s R+D+i team says it recreated the taste, texture and appearance of the animal product it replaces, and additionally, these are gluten and …


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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 …


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. …