The UK's first vegan hotel is for sale

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“UK’s First Vegan Hotel” Goes on the Market in Scotland

An 11-bedroom establishment described as “the UK’s first vegan hotel” is up for sale in the Scottish town of Pitlochry, inviting offers of around £950,000. Called Saorsa 1875, the hotel was founded on the principle that “the correlation between style and animal products is outdated”. It caters to vegans, vegetarians, and those who are curious about a plant-based lifestyle. The hotel has a lounge bar and restaurant, serving plant-based meals made with local, seasonal, and foraged produce; craft beers, wines, and cocktails are also available. Outside, visitors can enjoy large gardens with woodland walks, and there is also a yurt that can be used for retreats or private functions. Since opening in 2019, Saorsa 1875 has welcomed numerous guests, including celebrities such as comedian Alan …

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NotCo Partners with LATAM Airlines to Offer NotBurger & NotChicken Aboard Domestic Flights

Chilean foodtech company NotCo and LATAM Airlines Group have announced the introduction of NotCo’s plant-based products in the Premium Economy cabin of LATAM’s domestic flights in Chile as part of a menu update. This partnership will see the integration of six unique sandwich options into LATAM’s in-flight service, crafted through a joint effort between the airline’s chefs and NotCo. The menu options, which will vary weekly, feature NotCo’s plant-based products, including NotMila, NotChicken, and NotBurger, in combination with a variety of other ingredients. Max Silva, the country manager of NotCo in Chile, stated, “Getting on board LATAM planes is simply a dream for the company. Bringing the revolution and innovation that so distinguishes us to a company of such magnitude as LATAM makes us feel …

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Korea Tourism Organization Launches Nine-Day Vegan Food Tour

The Korea Tourism Organization has organized the country’s first ever vegan food tour, after seeing a significant increase in the number of people adopting a vegan lifestyle. The tour is nine days long and includes stops in major cities such as Seoul, Busan, and Jeju Island. Participants will be able to sample traditional plant-based Korean dishes at restaurants and cooking classes; they will also learn about the country’s history and culture through activities such as meditating at a temple, visiting an apple farm, and exploring UNESCO World Heritage sites. The tour will be operated by Green Earth Travel, which also offers vegan tours in areas such as Cambodia, Nepal, and Bali. It will take place for the first time in September 2024. “South Korea has …

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SWISS airlines serving EggField vegan eggs

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Alt Eggs from Aquafaba Created by Zurich Startup EggField Now Available to SWISS Air Passengers

EggField, a Zurich startup for plant-based egg alternatives, is enjoying its first successes in in-flight catering thanks to its collaboration with Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) and Hiltl restaurant. Thanks to the new partnership with EggField and Hiltl, SWISS business passengers have been able to find additional sustainable menu items, including the plant-based pumpkin and chestnut goulash with spaetzli, on the boarding menu since the beginning of 2024. The spaetzli are made entirely without eggs. This has been ensured by Hiltl, which, as a vegetarian pioneer, has been creating meat-free dishes for SWISS travelers since 2009. Hiltl has been using the natural egg alternatives made from aquafaba from EggField since 2020 and has thus been able to develop its spaetzli without animal eggs. The EggField …

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British Airways offers Glebe Farm oat milk on long-haul flights

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British Airways to Offer Glebe Farm Oat Milk on All Long-Haul Flights

British Airways has announced that it will begin offering plant-based milk as an option on board its long-haul flights. The carrier has chosen oat milk made by UK brand Glebe Farm, which grows its own gluten-free oats in Cambridgeshire. In 2022, Glebe Farm told vegconomist that it hoped to “redefine the UK oat milk market”, encouraging a shift away from imported products. While the oat milk will soon be available on flights, British Airways warns that supply may initially be limited until the rollout is complete. The airline also offers a vegan inflight meal, though this must be ordered 24 hours in advance of the flight’s departure. In 2022, British Airways began offering a range of plant-based meals in first-class and business-class airport lounges as …

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Airline Emirates introduces more vegan recipes

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Airline Emirates to Expand its Range of 300 Vegan Recipes as Demand Continues to Rise

Middle Eastern airline Emirates has announced it will be rolling out more vegan recipes in 2024 in response to rising demand. The carrier says vegan meal consumption has grown by 40% YOY, in line with passenger volumes. However, the increase on some routes has exceeded this figure, with particularly significant increases noted on routes to China, Japan, and the Philippines. The airline says it served 450,000 vegan meals in 2023, compared to 280,000 in 2022. Emirates already has a “vault” of 300 vegan recipes, which are in rotation across its 140 destinations. This figure is up from 180 recipes in 2022, and will be expanded even further in 2024. New dishes will include vegan pizza and chocolate pecan cake. Vegan meals can be requested on …

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Veganuary: Germany’s National Rail Company Deutsche Bahn to Serve Happy Ocean Foods’ Shrymp & Tuna

Munich startup Happy Ocean Foods, producer of a popular line of soy-based shrimp as well as a recently added line of vegan tuna, announces a cooperation with the country’s national rail operator Deutsche Bahn to offer both products aboard its nationwide trains for Veganuary 2024. In addition to Deutsche Bahn, the restaurant chain L’Osteria is also working with Happy Ocean Foods for Veganuary across Germany. The chain, which operates 157 locations in eight countries, with over 6,000 employees in the DACH region, the UK, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and the Czech Republic, also offers vegan tuna made by fellow German brand BettaF!sh. Happy Ocean Foods’ flagship product, the SHRYMP, was launched in November 2021 and the following year enjoyed success on The Lion’s Den — …

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LoveRaw Secures First-Ever Airline Listing Offering Cre&m Wafer Bar on All Virgin Atlantic Flights

UK plant-based chocolate brand LoveRaw announces that it has secured its first-ever airline listing with Virgin Atlantic in collaboration with Gate Gourmet, a leading global provider of airline catering solutions. The brand’s Cre&m Wafer Bar caramelised biscuits have already debuted onboard and are available at the self-service Wander Wall in Upper and Premium Class on all Virgin Atlantic flights. Cre&m Wafer Bar features a biscuit cream with a caramel layer and crunchy biscuit crumb. Like all LoveRaw’s chocolates, the bar is free of palm oil, dairy products, or artificial ingredients.  Rimi Thapar, co-founder at LoveRaw, comments: “Virgin Atlantic is our first on-flight listing, so this is a key milestone for us. We have created a bespoke LoveRaw Cream Filled Wafer Bar in a single bar format.” The …

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Beck Hall plant-based hotel

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Yorkshire’s Beck Hall to Become “England’s First” Fully Plant-Based Hotel

Luxury Yorkshire hotel Beck Hall is set to become fully plant-based from December 1. The hotel, which is located in the village of Malham in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, claims to be the first in England to make the transition. On Facebook, owners Louise and Andy Macbeth explained that they had personally transitioned to a vegan diet for ethical reasons and wanted the business to reflect their values. The hotel’s menu is already around 50% plant-based, and the couple say they are “developing some of the most innovative, exciting and delicious vegan dishes we’ve ever tried” in preparation to become fully animal-free. The food is described as “for everyone”, not just for vegans and vegetarians. It will include Sunday roasts and afternoon teas as …

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Dubai's first vegan-friendly hotel rooms

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Hotel Unveils “Dubai’s First” Vegan-Friendly Hotel Rooms

Dubai hotel NH Collection Dubai The Palm has launched what it claims are the city’s first vegan-friendly hotel rooms. The rooms feature sustainable, animal-free bedding and vegan snacks. They also contain environmentally friendly dry amenities — including compostable shower caps and sanitary bags — which all come in natural, plastic-free packaging. All wet amenities in the rooms are free of animal ingredients and have not been tested on animals. They also do not contain gluten, sulfates, or parabens. The hotel claims to offer a wide range of food and drink options that are suitable for vegan guests. Additionally, the building has introduced sustainable systems such as solar panels for water heating, the reuse of condensed water from the air conditioning system for irrigation, and an …

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Princess Cruises Rolls Out Vegan Menus to Cater to Plant-Based Passengers

In response to the growing demand for plant-based dining options, Princess Cruises is unveiling a range of vegan menus, enhancing the onboard dining experience for plant-based passengers across its fleet of 15 ships. The new vegan menus are now available in the main dining rooms, encompassing a diverse selection of starters, salads, soups, pastas, and main dishes, creatively crafted so that guests’ dietary preferences are not only met, but celebrated. Sami Kohen, vice president of food and beverage at Princess Cruises, stated: “Our dedication to delivering unforgettable culinary experiences continues to evolve with current trends, including the desire for more vegan offerings. Passengers can opt for vegan offerings by making their selection in advance through the Cruise Personalizer, via their travel agent, or upon boarding. …

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Oatly’s Soft Serve Launching at All Deutsche Bahn Lounges Across Germany

Oatly today announces a partnership with Deutsche Bahn (DB), one of the largest railway companies in Europe, to offer Oatly soft serve for the first time in all 16 DB lounges across Germany.  Oatly and Deutsche Bahn initially collaborated in 2022 by making Oatly Barista Edition the first-ever plant-based milk to be served on all Deutsche Bahn ICE and Intercity trains. Since then, the national rail company of Germany, which serves on average just under 2 billion passengers per year, has gone on to provide further plant-based options including a vegan currywurst option as well as a chilli sin carne with the LikeMeat product Like Hack. Oatly Soft Serve, which launched in the US in 2021, is available at New York City’s iconic ice cream …

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Celebrity Cruises

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Celebrity Cruises to Offer Seven-Course Plant-Based Menu Aboard New Ship

Premium cruise line Celebrity Cruises has announced that a seven-course plant-based tasting menu will be available on board its new ship, Celebrity Ascent. Served in the ship’s signature restaurant, the menu is said to give customers the opportunity to “experience global cuisine in its most pristine and untouched form”. The dishes will include minimally processed ingredients sourced from their original places of origin; example menu items are Golden Beet-Tomato Ceviche, Ajoblanco Panna Cotta, Roasted and Glazed Celeriac Steak, and Dry Rose Petals Masala Curry. The plant-based dishes will also be available a la carte, with the option to pair them with vegan and organic wines. “Delighting every guest” The news comes just a month after German cruise line AIDA opened primarily plant-based restaurants on board …

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Ecotricity Founder to Launch “World’s First” Electric Airline, Serving Only Plant-Based Meals

Dale Vince, the founder of British renewable energy firm Ecotricity, has announced plans to launch what he claims will be the world’s first electric airline. Called Ecojet, the airline will use conventional planes retrofitted with hydrogen-electric powertrains. On-board fuel cells will produce electricity by mixing hydrogen with oxygen from the air, producing only water as a byproduct. This will generate the same power output as conventional aircraft, but with a one-hundred percent reduction in CO2 emissions. There will also be other carbon-saving measures on board; all inflight meals will be plant-based, there will be no single-use plastic, and staff members will be issued with eco-friendly uniforms. Ecojet flights will begin next year between Edinburgh and Southampton, though conventional fuel will initially be used to help …

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Vegan Breakfast Bagel on United Airlines

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United Airlines Now Offering a Vegan Breakfast Bagel Featuring JUST Egg

United Airlines has expanded its plant-based food options with a new Vegan Breakfast Bagel on US domestic flights. Featuring a JUST Egg patty, the bagel is available on flights exceeding 1,190 miles.  Warm meal option According to United Airlines, the Vegan Breakfast Bagel is made with JUST Egg, vegan cheese and a harissa spread served on a bagel. The item is featured in the airline’s “Bistro on Board” menu and according to JUST Egg parent company Eat Just, the bagel has already received very positive feedback from consumers. The item is the latest plant-based offering by United Airlines, which in 2022 announced plans to begin providing airline customers with more plant-based options.  Last year, the airline partnered with Impossible Foods to introduce Impossible Meatballs to …

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Michelin Chefs Unveil ‘Poe & Co. Folk Foods’: Gourmet Vegan Camping Cuisine

Husband and wife duo Jamie and Jayson Poe, both Michelin-trained chefs, have launched Poe & Co. Folk Foods, a line of gourmet, plant-based, just-add-water camping meals, an offshoot of Santa Barbara-based catering and meal delivery business Poe & Co which was established in 2018. Poe & Co has earned a reputation due to the pair’s fine-dining culinary talents and has amassed a celebrity clientele, owing to the founders’ high-end experience at establishments including Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern, The Four Seasons Hotel, Restaurant Daniel, and Solbar Calistoga. Seemingly carving out a new niche in luxury vegan camping food, the founders have created a line of better-for-you dishes which can be consumed straight out of the pouch simply with the addition of water. Bringing Michelin quality …

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AIDA Cruises Launches Plant-Forward Restaurant Aboard Three Ships

German cruise line AIDA Cruises has announced it will be opening an onboard restaurant serving dishes made with primarily plant-based ingredients. Called Soulkitchen, the restaurant will launch on three of the company’s vessels — AIDAnova, AIDAperla, and AIDAprima — on June 24. It comes in response to increasing demand for plant-based food from the cruise line’s customers. Soulkitchen will serve three-course meals every evening, with menus changing daily. Example dishes include coconut lemongrass soup, almond barley risotto with sautéed herb apples, and crème brûlée. Earlier in the day, guests will be able to choose from options such as overnight oats, fresh fruit and vegetables, and homemade spreads, along with plant-based cheeses and cold cuts. Meals will be prepared at a show kitchen in the center …

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Alaska Airlines Expands Vegan Meal Options with JUST Egg Frittata, Chili and More

Alaska Airlines, America’s fifth-largest air carrier, announces it is adding a larger variety of plant-based meal options to its First Class menus, including a JUST Egg Frittata, Tofu Wrap, and White Bean Chili, along with a new salad.  Available through pre-order, the new menu selections are available on all First Class meal service flights and include:  A Harissa and Chorizo Frittata made with JUST Egg Spicy Tofu Wrap White Bean Chili with Grilled Polenta Stand Bahn Mi Salad w/ Tofu In addition to the latest offerings, Alaska also introduced several other fully plant-based options last year: The “Soy Meets World” Salad and Healthy Resolutions Vegan Salad, both developed in partnership with Evergreen.  Beyond salad Across the world, more airlines are increasingly expanding vegan meal options …

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Oatly Parterns with SWISS airlines to offer its vegan Caffè Latte

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Oatly’s First Global Airline Partnership Brings Vegan Caffè Lattes to SWISS Passengers

Oat drink company Oatly has teamed up with Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) to offer a vegan coffee drink, Oatly Caffè Latte, onboard all flights.  The partnership marks the first global airline collaboration for Oatly and expands SWISS’ beverage range to include plant-based products.  Belonging to the on-the-go category, Oatly Caffè Latte is soy and nut-free, made with Oatly’s organic oat milk and 100% Fair Trade certified Arabica bean coffee extract. Major milestone  Helge Weitz, GM at Oatly DACH and Poland, said: “Today’s collaboration with SWISS is a major milestone for Oatly and our mission to put our products everywhere to make people’s switch to plant-based as easy as possible – even at 10,000 meters in the air.” Oatly, which claims to be the world’s …

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Choc Pots by The Coconut Collaborative Launch on All Virgin Atlantic Flights

Plant-based chocolate desserts made by UK brand The Coconut Collaborative are now available on all Virgin Atlantic flights. Described as “little pots of rich chocolate ganache”, the coconut-based desserts contain 100 calories per pot and are free of gluten and palm oil. The products received a Great Taste award in 2017 and are said to be made with ethically-sourced ingredients. Previously, the choc pots have launched at the major supermarket chains Asda, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Tesco, and Waitrose. They are also available in salted caramel flavor. Yogurts and desserts The Coconut Collaborative offers a range of plant-based yogurts and desserts, including a whippable cream alternative that was served at last year’s Wimbledon tennis championships. In 2020, the company raised $7 million in a Series A round …

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