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Wild Earth to Debut New Look and Pet Food Collection at SuperZoo 2022

Pet food company Wild Earth announces it is returning to SuperZoo 2022 to showcase its premium line of nutritionally complete, sustainable dog food and treats. The brand will also debut a new product design and preview its upcoming Core Collection, to be released in 2023.  New flavors At SuperZoo, North America’s largest pet retail show, Wild Earth co-founder and CEO Ryan Bethencourt will be on hand to unveil the brand’s new look and give attendees a peak at the Core Collection, which is set to hit shelves next year. The collection will feature limited ingredients and new flavors such as Rotisserie and Classic Roast, and will retail at a lower price point.  The company also plans to discuss its progress with cell-based meat development. Attendees …


Barvecue Pulled Plant-Based Pork

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Barvecue Expands Wood-Smoked Plant-Based Meats into 190+ Harris Teeter Stores

Plant-based barbecue brand Barvecue announces a major retail expansion into Harris Teeter supermarkets. The brand’s Pulled BVQ and Carnitas are now available in the frozen aisle of 191 Harris Teeter stores throughout the Carolinas, Virginia, Georgia, Maryland, Delaware, Florida, and the District of Columbia. According to Barvecue, its wood-smoked plant-based meats offer great taste and texture while being gluten-free and non-GMO. The Pulled BVQ features traditional BBQ seasoning, while the Latin-inspired Carnitas are ideal for tacos, nachos and burritos.  Barvecue’s retail footprint also includes Sprouts Farmers Markets, Safeway, Lowes Food, Earth Fare and Texas-based Central Markets. Largest smokehouse In 2021, the company opened The Carolina Smokehouse, a 10,000 sq. ft. facility it calls the world’s largest plant-based smokehouse, with the capacity to produce 800,000 pounds …


Wicked Kitchen Frozen Pizzas

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Wicked Kitchen Debuts New Artisan Frozen Pizzas and Entrees at 2,000 Kroger Stores

Global food brand Wicked Kitchen is adding new artisan frozen pizzas and ready-to-heat meals to its expansive range of plant-based products in the US. Now available at 2,000 Kroger stores, the artisan pizzas feature a hand-stretched, wood-fired crust topped with new vegan “motz” – a meltable plant-based mozzarella-style cheese. Each 14” pizza retails for $9.99 in these flavors:  The Wicked Meaty Pizza – Nana’s classic red sauce, spicy plant-based ground sausage, PepperNOni, mushrooms, jalapenos,vegan motz. The Saucy Motz Pizza – Nana’s classic red sauce, basil, kale, cherry tomatoes, vegan motz. Rulebreakin’ Rustic Veg Pizza – Special olive-spiked red sauce, peppers, sautéed mushrooms, vegan motz. New convenience meals The company is also rolling out new heat-and-eat entrees inspired by global flavors from Europe to Asia. Each 14 …


Bon Devil Chocolate Ganache Dessert

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Bon Dévil Launches Two Chilled Desserts Into Harris Teeter

Plant-based dessert brand Bon Devil was rebranded this March from its previous name The Collaborative, with the new look and name reflecting its “devilishly un-guilty” products. Following a major retail expansion this May, Bon Devil now launches two desserts into Kroger subsidiary Harris Teeter. Says the brand, “Few mortals can resist the devastating temptation of Bon Dévil’s wickedly delicious coconut-based desserts. Born from the deepest darkest desires of grocery consumers, Bon Dévil comes in 4 different flavors and is 100% plant-based, gluten-free, no evil GMOs, under 120 calories and sin-free. Pure pleasure without the guilt, find Bon Dévil in major US Natural, Conventional and Mass Grocers.” The Choc and Vanilla varieties now launch into Harris Teeter, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Kroger Co. which operates …


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Brazil’s Future Farm Expands US Retail at Amazon Fresh and Sprouts Farmers Markets

Brazilian alt-protein brand Future Farm announces it is expanding its premium plant-based meats at two new US retailers, Amazon Fresh and Sprouts Markets.  At Amazon Fresh, the brand’s Future Burger, Future Beef, and Future Sausage are now available nationwide, while select products are launching at two Sprouts Market locations in southern California. The company says both retailers will be serviced by KeHE distributors, making its products available to even more consumers across the country.  Valued at $400M, Future Farm is one of Latin America’s leading plant-based meat startups. Since launching in 2019, the startup has raised US $89M, including $58M in 2021 to enter plant-based dairy and accelerate expansion into the US and Europe. Last year, the company also appointed Alexandre Ruberti, the former head …


Actual Veggies Clean-Label Burger Range

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Actual Veggies Launches Chef-Crafted Vegetable-Based Burgers at 57 Costco Stores

Actual Veggies, which produces plant-based burgers from real vegetables, announces it has launched into 57 Costco stores in the San Francisco Bay Area.  For the first time, the brand’s burgers will be sold in bulk packs of eight patties each. Based in New York, Actual Veggies seeks to “put real vegetables back into veggie burgers” and produces a line of gourmet, thick-cut patties made with wholesome, plant-only ingredients.  The range of ¼ lb Actual burgers includes:  The Green Burger (Kale, broccoli, peas, zucchini, spinach) The Purple Burger (Beets, carrots, red onions, peas) The Orange Burger (Sweet potato, carrots, red pepper, cauliflower) The Black Burger (Black beans, parsnip, red pepper, oats) Each serving contains about 9 grams of protein and fiber with zero cholesterol or saturated …



PlantX Opens ‘XMarket Uptown’ – 6,000 Sq. Ft. Vegan Grocery Store in Chicago

Canada’s PlantX (CSE: VEGA), a plant-based digital platform, is celebrating the grand opening of its newest brick-and-mortar superstore, XMarket Uptown in Chicago. At 6,000 sq. ft., PlantX says the new market may be the world’s largest all-vegan grocery store.  First opened in late July, XMarket Uptown is the company’s second US store, and sixth location globally. Offering a vast selection of plant-based foods, shoppers can find everything from meat, dairy, egg and seafood alternatives, to snacks, sauces, bakery items, soups, pasta, cereals and much more.  The store also features a conventional produce aisle with fresh fruits and vegetables, a grab-and-go section for prepared meals, and offers delivery via grocery apps like Instacart and Mercato.  “It’s cool to see the world moving in a way where …


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Buona and Upton’s Naturals Launching Plant-Based Italian Beef at Whole Foods

American restaurant group The Buona Companies announces it is partnering with plant-based foods brand Upton’s Naturals to debut meat-free Chicago Italian Beef & Gravy at Midwest region Whole Foods, Fresh Thyme, and Jewel-Osco stores.  Created with Buona’s signature family recipe, the vegan Italian Beef features Upton’s thinly sliced and seasoned seitan soaked in a savory, vegetable-broth based gravy. The heat-and-eat product offers 36 grams of protein per serving with the familiar flavors of oregano, garlic and pepper customers enjoy in Buona’s traditional Italian beef.  “Overwhelming demand”  As Chicago-based companies, Buona and Upton’s first collaborated in April 2021, when the chain originally launched the Beefless Italian Sandwich as a limited-time item. The new sandwich was met with “overwhelming demand” and sold out at most locations in …


almond drinks by MALK Organics

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Clean Label MALK Organics Announces New Chocolate Oat & Retail Expansion

Founded in 2015, the on-trend brand MALK Organics claims it prides itself on “leading the charge for cleaner products in the plant-based milk category”. This week the Austin Texas producer announces the launch of its new Chocolate Oat variety as well as significant distribution expansion. Known for its clean label, cold-pressed almond and oat milks containing only 3-5 simple ingredients with no glyphosates, gums, fillers, or oils, MALK’s existing products include Unsweetened Almond, Vanilla Almond, Original Oat, and Vanilla Oat. MALK tapped into the burgeoning nut milk trend in its early days and its portfolio has been available in Kroger, Whole Foods and HEB since 2018. A year later the Texan team launched a MALK Creamer line exclusively into Whole Foods Markets, created with gluten-free organic …


Planet Based Foods Hemp Burger Box

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Planet Based Foods Makes Retail Debut at New Seasons and New Leaf Markets

Hemp-made meat company Planet Based Foods announces the launch of its first retail distribution at New Seasons Market and New Leaf Community Markets. The expansion will bring the brand’s Original Hemp Burger and Green Chili Southwest Burger to 26 stores in Northern California, the California Central Coast, Oregon and Washington. Shoppers at both chains can now find the burgers in the stores’ frozen foods aisles.  Nutrient-dense protein Made with hemp as the first ingredient, the company’s novel burgers provide up to 21 grams of plant protein, six grams of fiber and balanced omega 3-6-9 fats without any soy, gluten or GMOs. To create its products, Planet Based Foods blends hemp with ingredients such as brown rice and pea protein to maximize the nutrient and fiber …


Hooray Foods Improved AWESOME Bacon

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Hooray Foods’ Retail Footprint Tops 1,000 Stores as Bacon Expands into Raley’s, Good Eggs and Big Y

Plant-based bacon brand Hooray Foods is continuing its retail expansion with launches in several regional stores including Raley’s, Good Eggs and Big Y. The expanded distribution increases access to its bacon strips across several states, and brings the brand’s total number of stores to over 1,000 locations. In Northern California and Nevada, more than 100 locations of Raley’s family of stores will carry the product under the Raley’s, Bel Air and Nob Hill Foods banners, while San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles shoppers can order the product via grocery delivery service Good Eggs. In Massachusetts and Connecticut, 46 Big Y stores are now offering the bacon in their frozen aisle.  The expansion comes as Hooray Foods rolls out its AWESOMER bacon – a new …


Pleese Cheese Vegan Pizza

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Pleese Cheese Partners With Webstaurant Store for First Online Retail Launch

Pleese Cheese, makers of innovative dairy-free pizza cheese, announces the launch of its product into Webstaurant Store, an online foodservice retailer. Customers outside of the company’s distribution zones can now purchase Pleese Cheese’s “game-changing” mozzarella shreds in bulk packs. The company is also rolling out a smaller-format product for supermarkets beginning in 2023.  Through its Webstaurant partnership, co-founder Kobi Regev says restaurant owners now have a greater selection of quality dairy-free cheeses to choose from without the constraints of their distributors. According to Regev, the average restaurant is losing $3,000 a month by not offering vegan cheese options.  “Consumers don’t want soy cheese, and restaurant operators don’t want to mess around with a strange liquidy format, they want something simple, allergen friendly that tastes good …


Plant Provisions Deli Sandwich

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Plant Provisions: Plant-Based Deli Meats Crafted with Real Vegetables First

While quality meatless burgers, sausages and meatballs are now easy to find at most US supermarkets, sliced cold cut and deli meat alternatives remain a largely underserved category. Plant Provisions, a plant-based meat company founded by the son of a deli meat distributor, is helping to change that with innovative, healthy slices that aim to elevate sandwiches everywhere. Made with real vegetables, Planted Provision’s products use whole food ingredients such as sweet potatoes, parsnips, bell peppers, beets and tomatoes, with no gluten or soy fillers. According to the brand, its vegetables are responsibly sourced from sustainable farms in Oregon, and the entire deli slice range is non-GMO and Top 8 allergen-free.  Each serving contains seven grams of plant protein and is available in five flavors: …


Everything Legendary Plant-Based Cheeseburger

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“Power of Plant-Based” Report Shows US Consumers Want Tastier, Healthier Alternative Proteins

The Food Industry Association has released its inaugural “Power of Plant-Based” report, which covers alternative meat and dairy as well as naturally derived plant foods like fruits and vegetables. Among the survey’s insights, it finds taste and healthiness remain key drivers for plant-based purchasing decisions.  Buying habits According to FMI, almost half of all shoppers are making some effort to buy plant-based food and beverages, and many expect to strongly increase their future consumption. For regular plant-based consumers, 35% said consumption will increase “a little more”, while 27% said future consumption will increase “a lot more”. A quarter of consumers regularly consume milk alternatives and 21% regularly consume other dairy alternatives. About 20% of shoppers typically consume meat alternatives. A quarter of consumers regularly buy …


Mushrooms oyster mushrooms grown at home

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Fungi Take Over CPG Industry With “Mushroom” One of Most Searched For Terms in Q2 of 2022

A retail report by product discovery and purchasing platform RangeMe has explored CPG trends in the second quarter of 2022. A key finding is that demand for mushrooms is rapidly increasing. The search term “mushroom” was one of the most Googled in the analyzed period, which has been attributed to consumers increasingly prioritising their health — mushrooms are a rich source of nutrients such as vitamins D and B, and are said to improve gut and immune health. Mushroom growth in double digits In March, a report analysed the top natural trends of 2022 and named mushrooms as one of the most significant. It noted that the industry is experiencing double-digit growth, with fungi-based products now widely used in food, supplements, materials, and more. Mushrooms …