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Products & Launches

VIVANI: Sustainable Packaging and New Flavours

At the beginning of this year, the popular organic chocolate brand VIVANI, from the German chocolate specialist EcoFinia, redesigned the packaging of its products and switched to environmentally-friendly materials. In addition, two further chocolate creations were added to its range. New to the range are the flavours “Caramel Inca Salt” with fine milk chocolate, coconut blossom sugar, caramel crisps and Inca sun salt, and “Latte Macchiato Praliné” with dark nougat chocolate, white chocolate and espresso crisps. The new eco-friendly packaging is made of compostable Naturflex film, which completely replaces the previous aluminium foil. After nine years, the packaging itself has also been redesigned and given a new look. Vivani chocolate has long stood for the highest organic quality and is now sold in over 50 …

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Market & Trends

Australia 3rd fastest Growing Vegan Market

A market research survey carried out by analytics company Roy Morgan reported that in 2016, 2.1 million Australians identified as meat-free eaters, with the highest proportions of herbivores (in this study the subjects were vegetarian, not vegan) in Sydney, Hobart and Melbourne. In addition, 53.4 percent of Australians reported to be consuming less red meat.

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Products & Launches

Magnum from Unilever Launches First Vegan Ice Cream Flavours

Unilever’s popular ice cream brand Magnum will add two vegan ice cream bars to its product range in September. For the time being, however, the new products will only be available in Finland and Sweden. The two new varieties Magnum Vegan Classic and Magnum Vegan Mandel will be available individually or in packs of four. The plant-based ice cream has already been tested and approved by the European Vegetarian Union. The manufacturer uses peanut protein as a milk alternative for the vegan ice cream. In addition, sustainably grown Rainforest Alliance cocoa beans are used for the dark chocolate that coats the ice cream. Magnum thus joins a whole series of ice cream producers who have already recognized the vegan trend and aligned their product range …

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Laforce Baker, founder of Moon Meals

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Interviews

Moon Meals: “We are Open to Investors”

Moon Meals are a producer of plant-based meals using their proprietary vegan meats, cheeses and sauces for major retailers and food service operators. Their flagship product is a grab & go healthy burrito called the Fiesta Wrap, which has a meaty, cheesy and mildy spicy flavor, and can be enjoyed hot or cold. We spoke with Moon Meals about their inspirational story and plans for the future.

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Fashion, Design & Beauty

Luxurious Bags Made from Apple Scraps: Vegan Accessories by “LUCKYNELLY”

High-quality vegan bags and belts – that’s what the Berlin fashion label LUCKYNELLY stands for. They manufacture a wide range of suitable products for self-confident, modern women who value sustainably produced goods and luxurious design. The main materials used are cork and an innovative and unusual leather-like material made from apple residues. Former fashion design student Christine Rochlitz set up her own business in 2012, founding the vegan and sustainable luxury handbag and accessory label LUCKYNELLY in Berlin. Her main reason was her love for animals, which was why she wanted to add to the luxury fashion market with unique, elegant, high-quality handbags and accessories that are 100% ethical, environmentally friendly, vegan and produced under fair conditions. She chose extremely high-quality materials which are handcrafted …

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Company News

One Planet Pizza Secures New Investment for Expansion Within Europe

The British company One Planet Pizza is not just the UK’s fastest-growing vegan frozen pizza brand. It has also been awarded the Vegan Life prize for the best vegan pizza, and always attaches great importance to sustainability. Following an investment of £25,000, further steps are now planned for the European market. The father-son duo, consisting of founders Mike and Joe Hill, received an investment of £25,000 for the pizza company, founded in 2016, as part of their participation in Vevolutions’s Pitch + Plant competition. The investor, BRAN Investments, also invested in two other plant-based companies: FRUUUU, a vegan cosmetics company, and Purezza, which also produces vegan pizzas. For One Planet Pizza, the new subsidy is primarily intended for expansion. The new financial resources will enable …

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Top Stories

California: New Law Bans Animal Testing

Lawmakers in California lawmakers have voted unanimously in favour of a ban of animal tested beauty products. The Senate Bill 1249, called the California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act, was approved in the State Assembly on 31 August. The new bill will make it illegal for manufacturers to import or sell products in California if they produced using any animal test on or after the 1st January 2020. Those who are caught in violation of the new law will be fined US$5,000 plus an additional $1,000 for each day the violation continues. The bill was authored by Senator Cathleen Galgiani who said: “I’m proud of California lawmakers for moving science, industry, and ethics forward today [… ] Cruelty-free cosmetics are good for business, safe for humans, and …

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Market & Trends

Market Report: Market Value of Meat Substitutes to Rise to US $ 5.81 Billion by 2022

Grand View Research has recently published a new market research report on meat substitutes for the forecast period 2018 to 2022, which includes market size, market share and emerging trends. In addition, the market is divided into product groups according to segments, raw materials, and regions. These are then analysed. According to the report, the global market value of plant-based alternatives is expected to reach US$ 5.81 billion and an annual growth rate of up to 7.5% by 2022. In terms of raw materials, the market for wheat protein is expected to grow to US$ 308.3 million by 2022; it will have the highest annual growth rate of 9.9%. Mycoproteins and soy-based substitutes will also grow significantly. The meat substitute seitan will grow most markedly …

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Fashion, Design & Beauty

Vegan Barefoot Shoe by Vivobarefoot to be the Most Sustainable Shoe in the World

Vivobarefoot is a London-based start-up dedicated to fundamentally changing the footwear industry. The ambitious goal of the founding Clarks family is to create the most sustainable shoe in the world, and to manage up to 90 percent of its business sustainably by 2020. Vivobarefoot specialises in barefoot footwear and uses only sustainable, recyclable and locally-sourced materials. With its Primus Bio collection, Vivobarefoot will expand its own range next year to include new types of vegan shoe. The entire sole and 70 percent of the upper material of Primus Bio are made of a plant-based polymer, the Susterra Propanediol. Susterra Propanediol is characterized by being oil-free, non-toxic and 100 percent USDA certified. In addition, Susterra propanediol consumes much less energy than conventionally used petroleum-based materials, and …

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Market & Trends

Spain: Trend Towards Veganism Influences the Organic Market

For some time now, so-called millennials have distinguished themselves from other segments of the population with their healthy, sustainable and/or vegan lifestyles. The fact that this global and intercultural development is also having an impact on countries such as Spain, is proven by the interesting results of a study conducted by IRi Market Research in 2016 entitled “Consumo Eco y Bio 2017”. According to this study, a good third of Spain’s organic customers are younger than 35 years of age. The study primarily focused on organic products and the developing market in this segment. Amongst other things, the report shows that consumers who mainly buy organic have very similar motives for their consumption preferences as those who buy vegan. The increasing trend towards meat and …

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Market & Trends

Study Shows Clean Meat is Attracting Increasing Interest in the USA

Cultured meat, synthetic meat or clean meat – laboratory meat produced from animal cells – now has many names. The latest results of a representative survey in the USA have shown that the term “clean meat” is best received by consumers. According to studies by the Good Food Institute (GFI), 66 percent of Americans are already prepared to try clean meat. These are encouraging results for startups such as JUST or Memphis Meats, which are active in Clean Meat research and development.   The study, financed by the Animal Charity Evaluators, showed further interesting results. Approximately 53 percent of consumers would consume cultured meat as a substitute for conventional meat, with 46 percent even stating that they would be prepared to use clean meat on …

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Market & Trends

Market Report: Vegan Energy Balls on Growth Course in the USA

“Find Market Research” is forecasting significant growth for the energy ball market. Energy balls are spherical, high-protein snacks with a high vitamin content. The nutritious balls are currently very popular in the USA, not least thanks to their vegan ingredients, which suggest performance-related and above all health benefits for the consumer. The growth trend of the performance-enhancing snacks correlates with an increasing demand for vegan foods, especially from the health-oriented Millennial generation. The vegan balls, made of nuts, grains and fruits, are ideal as a healthy vegan snack in between meals – not just for performance-oriented athletes, but also for anyone who wants to live a vegan lifestyle with all its health benefits.

Simeon Van der Molen, founder of Moving Mountains

Simeon Van der Molen, founder of Moving Mountains

Interviews

UK’s Bleeding B12 Burger Launches in over 400 Pubs: Exclusive Interview

Moving Mountains is a ground-breaking British brand who launched the UK’s first ever meatless ‘bleeding’ burger into restaurants in early 2018. On Friday it was announced that their 100% plant-based B12 burger will be available across UK’s Marston’s pubs from this Wednesday, as part of part of Marston’s recognition of flexitarianism.

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