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Reebok Shoes: Sustainable but Not 100% Vegan

The shoe manufacturer Reebok has produced sustainable shoes with its “Cotton + Corn” collection. These shoes have been falsely advertised as vegan by a large number of (online) publications. When we spoke with the company, they were kind enough to inform and correct us as soon as possible.

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Fashion, Design & Beauty

Lime Crime Expands to the UK with Vegan Cosmetics

The vegan beauty market is booming. According to various market reports, 3.5 million consumers from Great Britain and 1.6 million from the USA alone have opted for vegan cosmetics in the past, and an annual growth rate of 6.3 percent in this segment is expected for the future. The American beauty brand Lime Crime is also producing vegan products, and is now expanding into the UK, having been certified as vegan by PETA and cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny. Lime Crime is also known as “The makeup for unicorns”, because it offers a huge range of colours and makes it possible to “Dive into a magical world”, according to the company. The brand offers a range of products, from lipsticks and eye shadow palettes to unicorn …

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India Increases Jackfruit Exports to Germany and Great Britain

Indian jackfruit is often used as a vegan meat substitute in plant-based diets, and has been in increasing demand for some time. The vegan trend in Western countries is promoting the popularity of raw fruit from India. In addition to West Asia, regions in the USA and Europe are increasingly interested in jackfruit. Demand for jackfruit seeds, whose flour is used in bakery products, is particularly strong in the UK and Germany. As a result, many companies from the fruit’s countries of origin are now reporting increased jackfruit exports. The increasing demand for vegan alternatives and the rapidly growing popularity of jackfruit is prompting organisations such as JackFruit India to enter into new partnerships with European companies. JackFruit India is also working with a German company …

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Germany: Future of the Poultry Industry Threatened by Laboratory Meat

In a recent study by the Justus Liebig University of Giessen, a total of 234 experts from the bakery, beer, dairy and poultry industries were asked for their assessment of Germany as a business location. One result of the study, initiated by the Heinz Lohmann Foundation, was the discovery of shortcomings in the competitiveness of the poultry industry, and the desire of consumers for greater sustainability. Central topics of the study were not just the quality of Germany as a business location but also the image of German products and the assessment of the long-term competitiveness of Germany as a business location in various sectors. The most striking result was seen in the poultry industry, where experts cited poor to insufficient competitiveness and for which …

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British Meat Industry Launches Initiative to Save Market Share

The proportion of the global population that prefers a vegan or vegetarian diet has been increasing significantly for some time. Young consumers in particular are consuming much more consciously and sustainably and are increasingly avoiding meat products. This trend is being observed with concern by the UK meat industry. A broad-based initiative has now been launched to save the dying meat market. In cooperation with the Meat Advisory Panel (MAP), an “expert” group of doctors, surgeons and nutritionists, it is working on presenting meat as part of a healthy diet. A total of around two million pounds will be spent on beef, lamb and pork. The Meat Advisory Panel is making a significant contribution to the initiative through its publicity activities. The Committee consists of …

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Ecotricity: “As Consumers We all Have the Power to Make a Difference”

A little known fact, even to most vegans, is that in over 50 percent of homes in the UK, millions of consumers are unwittingly powering their homes with electricity made with animal waste – even body parts from the meat and dairy industry. The practice is labelled “recycling” – and is in fact the use of animal parts to create gas or electric power. Ecotricity the “renewable energy pioneers” are the first in the UK to introduce an ethical counterpart – vegan electricity.

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Iceland Agree to Comply with Vegan Labelling

Last month, vegconomist reported on the #MarkItVegan campaign initiated by UK animal rights organisation Animal Aid, which petitions supermarkets to clearly label their their own-brand vegan products in some way, whether by the use of the words ‘suitable for vegans’, a logo or otherwise. Today Animal Aid announce the good news that Iceland has confirmed it will introduce a clear labelling scheme for their upcoming vegan range, in adherence with the campaign.

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Gastronomy & Food Service

Lush: “Coffee for Free” in Vegan Pop-Up Coffee Shop #carrythecup

“The reduction of our dependence on plastics has been at the forefront of Lush’s innovations for 23 years,” says a statement from vegetarian cosmetics manufacturer Lush to Plant Based News. Now, the public is to be made aware of this via a campaign offering free coffee from sustainable cups. From August 14th, there will be a vegan pop-up coffee shop for one month at Lush Soho Studio in London with the slogan #carrythecup. Coffee, iced coffee and tea will be available for free if visitors bring their own reusable cups. Lush Soho Studio Manager Michal O’Brien told Plant Based News: “Beyond cosmetics, there are habits we can break and simple changes we can make to reduce or remove disposable plastics from our lives. By turning …

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Mummy Meagz: Delicious Vegan Treats from UK Pensioner

In a market first, “Mummy Meagz“, AKA Meagan Boyle from Yorkshire, England, has launched a startup with a difference; this baker has embarked on a new career in retail confectionary as a 70 year old pensioner. Her range of dairy-free and gluten-free Rocky Road cake bars are now available across the UK through wholefoods distributor, Sumo.

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Market Report: Market for Soy Protein Concentrate Will Continue to Grow

The new market research report “Soy Protein Concentrate Market” by Transparency Market Research predicts sustained positive growth for the global market for soy protein concentrate in the forecast period 2017 to 2026. The report examines the size of the market, market participants’ shares, growth, trends and forecasts for the future. According to the recent market study, global sales of soy protein concentrates will increase to around USD 4,400 million by the end of 2026. Vegans and vegetarians are an important driver. The number of health- and nutrition-conscious consumers is likely to increase further in the near future, which will lead to an increased demand for plant-based foods. This will further accelerate the demand for soy protein concentrate as an economical and nutritious food. Globally, the …

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Pure Blends Collaborates with Sustainability Organisations

The vegan food brand Pure Blends has recently announced its collaboration with several environment-oriented organizations: The Plant Based Foods Association, 1% For The Planet and the Reducetarian Foundation. For Pure Blends, the environment comes first. This attitude and conviction led the manufacturer of plant-based butter to start a collaboration with various sustainability-oriented organizations in order to pursue the same mission together. The Plant Based Foods Association is committed to a fair and competitive market for animal-free products. 1% For The Planet is a global movement whose mission is to bring dollars and doers together to promote and accelerate intelligent environmental giving. The Reducetarian Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve human health, protect the environment and protect livestock from cruelty. The new …

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