The Tofoo Co nuggets

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The Tofoo Co Continues Product Innovation With Garlic & Herb and Sweet Chilli Nuggets

The Tofoo Co, the UK’s number one tofu brand, is to launch Garlic & Herb and Sweet Chilli Tofoo Nugget products into Tesco this month. In response to the increased demand for convenient plant protein products, the launch is a repositioning of previous product Tofoo Bites, which have taken a new shape, recipe, and packaging design, to become Tofoo nuggets. Varied portfolio The Tofoo Co also launched a block in sriracha flavour as a recent addition to its portfolio which offers flavoured tofu blocks, scrambled egg style Scrambled Tofoo, straight-to-wok frozen cubes in a range of flavours, fish finger style chunkies in a range of flavours, as well as tempeh products. Exponential success The UK producer has enjoyed continuous success over recent years, evidently owing …

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Herbivore Artisan Vegan Deli to Open in Bristol, UK

An artisan vegan deli called Herbivore is set to open at Wapping Wharf in the UK city of Bristol. The store will be managed by Janice Heskett, who previously operated Café Matiriki in Finzel’s Reach, along with daughter Danielle. Herbivore will focus on sustainable, artisan foods made by small producers, with offerings likely to include vegan cheeses, cakes, and tarts. Located in a converted shipping container, the founders joke that the store may be the world’s smallest vegan deli. Vegan deli foods Worldwide, an increasing number of companies are developing vegan artisan or deli-style foods. In the US, Plantcraft has just introduced a new deli meat line, while Mrs. Goldfarb’s Unreal Deli has seen huge success and is now valued at $50 million. Squeaky Bean …

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Blackbird Margherita pizza

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Blackbird Foods Launching Popular Plant-Based Pizzas at 300 US Target Stores

Plant-based food startup Blackbird Foods announces its popular artisanal pizzas will be launching at 300 Target stores in October. The brand’s Margherita and Supreme Pizzas will retail for a suggested price of $7.99 and be available nationwide at Target in-store and online. According to Blackbird, it is one of the fastest-growing frozen pizza brands in the country, and one of the earliest-stage food startups that Target has ever launched. Made by chefs in NYC, Blackbird’s pizzas feature fresh ingredients and overnight rising dough that is hand-tossed to produce a classic soft and crispy New York-style crust. Its Margherita pizza is topped with fresh basil, garlic and a signature tomato sauce, while the Supreme features Blackbird’s house-made plant-based sausage crumbles, red onions and green peppers. In …

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Beyond Meat Finally Arrives in Japanese Market Through USMH Partnership

Beyond Meat announces it is finally entering Japan through a new partnership with United Super Market Holdings (USMH), one of the country’s largest grocery stores, after seeking to expand into the Japanese market for the past two years. The two parties made public the agreement in an event at the SKS Japan conference, where they explained they have agreed on a deal whereby USMH has the exclusive distribution rights of Beyond Meat labeled products and also the possibility of developing products using Beyond Meat meats.  Innovation for co-development USMH launched an open innovation initiative called “AKIBA-Runway” in March 2022 which the new partnership will leverage to create new products tailored to specific formats and tastes of Japanese consumers.  USMH will use its brand “Green Growers” …

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Vienna: New 100% Vegan Superstore BILLA PFLANZILLA to Offer 2,500+ Products

BILLA, one of Austria‘s largest employers, operating around 1,200 stores, is to open a 200-metre square vegan concept store on 8th September, which the chain says will be the first of its kind in Austria. The concept comes as BILLA-commissioned research reveals that 46% of Austrians have reduced their consumption of animal products and that 28% of the 18 to 29 year-old group fully abstain from meat. The shop, located at Mariahilfer Straße 38-4, will offer 100% plant-based products, with the company saying that “Neither vegetarian nor hybrid products are offered, and the entire store places great value on sustainable and reusable materials.” The range will include purely plant-based meat, sausage and dairy products, frozen goods, snacks, baked goods and confectionery as well as basic …

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Succeeding on Supermarket Shelves: How Integrated-Segregated Product Placement Can Promote Sustainability and Boost Profits

ProVeg International has recently published an infographic explaining the most effective way to merchandise your plant-based products in retail. The infographic highlights the importance of targeting flexitarians with an ‘integrated-segregated’ approach on supermarket shelves.  This merchandising method is important for two reasons. Firstly, flexitarians are more likely to embrace plant-based alternatives when they’re easy to find. Secondly, it is an effective way to mitigate the perceived risk of stocking plant-based alternatives in the chilled section – with the right positioning, pricing, and marketing, the plant-based products will be a hit, and you will also be able to reduce the detrimental impact of food waste. Click here to read the full infographic, and find out more about this merchandising approach alongside advice from a behavioural insights …

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Texan Y’alls Foods Says Amazon Sales Increased 25% in July

Famous for its plant-based jerky line and Big Crunchy Bacony Bits, Y’alls Foods is celebrating its best month, with Amazon sales up 25% in July 2022.  Founder and CEO Brett Christoffel says the plant-based jerky market is growing, and the better-for-you snacks, plant-based proteins, and gluten-free foods are too. Recent SPINS data shows 59% YOY growth for plant-based meat snacks within natural and conventional grocers, reports the company. Excited about market growth Amid a shaky market where many businesses are suffering due to inflation and Ukraine’s war, Texas’ alternative protein company is expanding next month into convenience stores and plans to grow its direct-to-consumer business. “I have never been more excited or had more confirmation in the growth of the plant-based space and All Y’alls …

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Sacred Serve Expands Its Upcycled Vegan Gelato to US Whole Foods Nationwide

Chicago brand Sacred Serve is expanding its line of vegan superfood gelato to Whole Foods stores across the US, reports Food Navigator-USA.  Founded by Kailey Donewald, Sacred Serve packages its clean-label gelato in the world’s first plastic-free, 100% biodegradable ice cream cartons. To craft the ice cream, Sacred Serve uses a base of upcycled Thai green coconuts, which it says provides a lighter coconut flavor and thick texture that eliminates the need for gums or stabilizers. The coconut is then blended with superfoods, adaptogens and medicinal mushroom ingredients. Accelerating capacity The brand first launched at 30 regional Whole Foods stores in 2019, where it worked to build a strong rapport with the chain throughout the pandemic. Leading up to the nationwide launch, the company says …

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Impossible Tasty Chili Mac

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Impossible Foods Launches New Impossible Bowls Featuring Plant-Based Chicken, Pork and Beef

Impossible Foods announces it is launching Impossible Bowls, a new line of frozen convenience meals featuring the brand’s beef, chicken and pork made from plants. Beginning this month, Impossible Bowls will be available in approximately 4,000 Walmart stores across the US. Eight varieties Created to offer consumers a new way of enjoying fast and easy plant-based meals, Impossible Bowls are ready to eat in 5 minutes or less. The single-serve entrees will be available in eight flavors, starting with Asian and American cuisines: Sweet & Sour Impossible Pork  Teriyaki Impossible Chicken  Chili Mac with Impossible Pork  Barbeque Impossible Pork  Followed by Italian and Latin-inspired flavors:  Spaghetti & Impossible Meatballs Pasta Bolognese with Impossible Beef & Pork Burrito Bowl with Impossible Beef Spicy Enchilada Bowl with …

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unMEAT Fish-Free Canned Tuna

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unMEAT Launches Fish-Free Canned Tuna in Online Retailers and Select US Supermarkets

unMEAT, a plant-based protein brand owned by seafood giant Century Pacific Food, is launching its new fish-free canned tuna into online retailers and select supermarkets across the US.  Made with non-GMO ingredients, unMEAT says its tuna exceeds traditional tuna in taste, texture and nutrition, with zero mercury or trans fats. The brand’s current line features three varieties – Tuna in Sunflower Oil, Tuna in Water and Tuna Hot & Spicy.  According to unMEAT, canned tuna is the top-selling canned food in the US, with tuna products making up four of the top 25 best-selling canned food items. However, consumer concerns about mercury, pollution and heavy metal contamination has opened the tuna market to new diets and consumers seeking healthier options, unMEAT says.  Preferred 3-to-1 To …

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Heyday Canning Co is Bringing Premium Beans to Sprouts to Disrupt the Canned Foods Category

The canned foods aisle offers undeniable consumer value as a source of simple, affordable and shelf-stable food items. But while known for its accessibility, the category has also largely lacked creativity and innovation. Heyday Canning Co, a startup founded by Jamie Tulley and former Clif Bar and Sweet Earth exec Kat Kavner, hopes to change that by introducing a new line of high-flavor canned foods aimed at modernizing the age-old category, reports Food Navigator-USA.  Debuting at Sprouts Farmers Markets in November, Heyday’s first line features classic bean staples such as chickpeas, navy, cannellini and black beans cooked in a variety of globally-inspired sauces. Prepared this way, the beans can be eaten alone or easily added to rice, pasta, tacos and more, says Kavner. To create their …

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Else Nutrition Super Cereal for Babies

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Else Nutrition Launches on Amazon Canada Following 84% Growth on Amazon US

Else Nutrition began sales on Amazon Canada yesterday as part of the company’s Canadian market launch announced this June. Else reports that, in its Q2 2022 financial results, sales increased by 84% quarter-on-quarter and the number of regular subscribers on the platform doubled from 1,000 to nearly 2,000. The launch includes a range of Canadian-targeted products with bilingual packaging, including an infant formula, children’s shakes in vanilla and chocolate flavours, and Supper Cereals for babies 6 months and older in several flavours to follow. Ms. Hamutal Yitzhak, founding member and CEO of Else Nutrition, says, “We are extremely excited about our entry into the Canadian market and think Amazon.ca will cover an essential component in our growth strategy in Canada, as it did in the …

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Rainbao Colorful Plant-Based Dumplings

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Rainbao Dumplings Launches Colorful Asian Buns Filled with Plant-Based OmniPork

Rainbao Dumplings, a manufacturer of traditional Xiao Long Bao dumplings, is launching its range of brightly-colored buns filled with plant-based meat and seafood. The brand’s latest recipe, Golden Egg, features a plant-based chorizo made with leading Asian alt-protein brand OmniPork. Rainbao is also showcasing its line at the Western Foodservice and Hospitality Show from Aug. 28th – 30th in LA.  Founded by Jim Saunders and Cindy Liu, Rainbao specializes in providing plant-based Xiao Long Bao dumplings to both foodservice partners and retail consumers. “Xiao Long Bao” refers to a traditional type of small Chinese bun prepared in a steam basket.  According to Rainbao, their multcolored, plant-forward dumplings offer the authentic taste and texture of conventional beef, pork, chicken and seafood. Available in flavors such as …

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GOODLES Vegan Mac and Cheese Bowl

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Gal Gadot’s GOODLES Launches Its First Vegan Mac ‘n Cheese at Whole Foods Market

GOODLES, the mac and cheese brand backed by actress Gal Gadot, announced it has launched into US Whole Foods stores nationwide. Known for its nutritious remake of classic cheesy noodles, GOODLES’ says its first dairy-free flavor, Vegan is Believin’, will also launch at the retailer by the end of August.  Whole Foods in fact will be the first market to feature Vegan is Believin’, a plant-based version of white cheddar mac. Made with wheat flour and chickpea protein, the spiral pasta also contains nutrients extracted from 21 plant ingredients such as broccoli, spinach, kale, pumpkin, sweet potato, cranberry, and mushrooms.  The dairy-free cheese sauce is made from cashew nut milk, and each serving offers 12 g of protein and 7 grams of fiber, while being …

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Banza Kits

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Banza Launches Kid-Friendly Masterpiece’zas Kits to Transform Vegan Pizza into Art

Banza, maker of chickpea-based pizza, pasta, and rice products, has launched Masterpiece’zas – a new pizza kit that transforms Banza’s popular pizzas into creative art. Available in both vegan and vegetarian versions, each kid-friendly kit is designed to stimulate more play and imagination at dinnertime.  Timed to coincide with back-to-school seasons, Banza’s kits aim to make family mealtimes easier while helping parents to implement healthier eating habits. Masterpiece’zas come equipped with ingredients that act as art supplies for decorating, drawing and slicing.  The kits include:  Banza Pizza, made from chickpeas, tastes like traditional crust and acts as a blank canvas  Farmer’s Fridge fresh, pre-sliced vegetables Tupperware Deco Pens to fill with sauce or dressing and draw on top of the pizza Tiny Bites scissors to …

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