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New Men’s Sustainable Luxury Accessories, UK

Watson & Wolfe are a British brand based in Surrey with a retail store online, whose aim is to fill the gap in the rapidly growing vegan market by producing luxury products for men. Their accessories are vegan and PETA approved, and are created predominantly from plants and recycled plastic.

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Gastronomy & Food Service

Australia: Subway Adds First Vegan Option to the Menu

According to the Australian media magazine Courier Mail, Subway is introducing its first fully vegan sub as a menu option in Australia and New Zealand. The reason for this is increased consumer demand for plant-based filling options in its sandwiches. The purely plant-based alternative contains crushed falafel and will be found at 100 locations of the franchise chain in Australia and New Zealand, particularly in New South Wales, Victora, Queensland, South Australia and West Australia. Consumer acceptance of the vegan alternative will tested there. For the sandwich manufacturer, customer feedback is particularly important. “We seek as much feedback as possible to ensure that when we add or remove ingredients we know exactly what our loyal customers think about them, and all future menu changes are …

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Products & Launches

Tofurky Reaches Sales Milestone: 5 Million Holiday Roasts Sold

The vegan meat brand Tofurky has reached a long-awaited sales milestone. After more than two decades of production, 5 million of its vegan holiday roasts have been sold. To celebrate this success, Tofurky is organizing a running event for Thanksgiving. The tofurky roast contains a mixture of wheat protein and tofu, which is then filled with wild rice and breadcrumbs. Tofurky has grown from 500 roasts sold per year in 1995 to a current production volume of 700,000 per year. The growing demand for vegan meat is prompting Tofurky to expand its production capacities in order to keep pace with demand. Meanwhile, vegan meat products by the US brand are available in various supermarkets in the United States, such as Whole Foods, Safeway, Publix and …

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Jack Bean: “What Starbucks Did with Coffee, We are Doing with Plant-based Food.”

When vegans go out for dinner, they often just have a limited choice in conventional restaurants. And even if the choice is broader, personal standards on sustainability and quality have to be put aside. Young startups like “Jack Bean” from The Netherlands can be a solution for this problem. They offer their guests fully plant-based meals with a high focus on taste, sustainability and a no-waste-policy. We interviewed the founder Mathijs Huis in ‘t Veld about his holistic concept.

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Plant-based Milk Drinks on a Growth Course, Global Dairy Consumption Declining

As the American trade magazine Foodnavigator has reported, Cargill announced at its latest trade fair at the Institute of Food Technologists that milk consumption has fallen by 22 percent since 2006. In contrast, sales of plant-based milk have risen sharply. The data and statistics produced by Cargill indicate increasing consumer preference for milk alternatives and other vegan foods.

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PHW Group Invests in Plant-Based Seafood Producers Good Catch

The PHW Group, to which the well-known brand Wiesenhof belongs, is one of Europe’s largest food producers and has been investing increasingly in alternative, plant-based protein producers for some time. After entering into a distribution partnership with vegan tech start-up Beyond Meat in the past, the company has now confirmed a major investment in seafood producer Good Catch, a specialist in plant-based seafood. Paul Wesjohann, CEO of the PHW Group, said, “The investment in Good Catch is proof of our future-oriented strategy. Good Catch is in line with our commitment to providing the United States with sustainable, clean food. We do not see this transaction as a financial investment, but rather as the beginning of a long-term strategic partnership.” In its last round of financing, …

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Veganism Fuels the Nut Oil and Nut Butter Markets

According to Technavio’s market research report, the global market for nut oils and butters is expected to grow at an annual rate (CAGR) of close to 6% between 2018 and 2022. Technavio mentions several influencing factors for this positive trend, with the growing global vegan population already regarded as a primary factor. In addition, the report provides an analysis of key trends that may or will affect market prospects over the forecast period.

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ProVeg fights for dietary change at the World Climate Conference

Since last year, ProVeg has been running a climate campaign on the occasion of the annual world climate conference. ProVeg aims to raise awareness of the link between diet and climate change. This year, the COP 24 world climate conference will take place in Poland, and ProVeg will be there again. The events are organised in advance with climate experts and politicians. The aim is to demonstrate the effects of animal agriculture so they can be taken into account in climate protection plans. As part of the “Road to COP 24” campaign, ProVeg Poland has created an alliance of various Polish NGOs. This alliance shows a degree of support and will be an advantage in the discussions. This year, ProVeg has made core demands on …

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Vegan Seafood Makes Big Waves

Plant-based fish and “seafood” products like shrimp are selling like hot (fish) cakes at the moment and are a topic currently trending in our industry. This week, Good Catch Foods secured $8.7 million funding from a syndicate of investors and others are likely to follow suit.  Here we look at the key players in plant-based seafood currently making an impact and describe the products they have to offer either on the shelves right now or soon to launch.

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Just FaB: Double-Decker as Vegan Restaurant

Vegan events are commonplace in London, for example, the event “The Foodservice Forum 2018”, during which veganism was one of the main themes. In August, the first zero-waste market and the first vegan fashion show also took place in England’s capital. But another unusual vegan location is now calling the city home; a double-decker London bus which has been converted into a vegan restaurant. Just FaB brings Italian food to the streets of London. The founder is Fabio Pironti, who, together with his mother, Myrna Panascia, sells Sicilian street food. They started out selling at festivals, but since September 2015, the restaurant bus has been established in London’s Hackney district.

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Products & Launches

Vegan hummus ice cream from Hummus & Pita Co

The New York company Hummus & Pita Co is introducing vegan ice cream made from hummus. The ice cream, rich in vitamins and nutrients, is not only healthier than conventional desserts but also gluten-free and vegan, in line with the rising trend for healthy vegan ice cream flavours. Since August 1st, visitors to New York City have been able to find the hummus ice cream at all the company’s locations. It made sense for Hummus & Pita Co to introduce a line of hummus ice cream, due to the nationwide demand for and popularity of its “hummus shake”. The hummus owes its high protein content and healthy consistency to several ingredients; it is made from chickpeas, tahini, pure vanilla, coconut cream and almond milk. The …

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