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Seth Goldman & Spike Mendelsohn: “The Whole Category Has Been Under Assault by the Animal-Based Meat Industry”

Seth Goldman and Spike Mendelsohn, well-known to most of our US readers, are the visionaries behind Eat the Change and PLNT Burger, one of the most successful plant-based fast food chains in North America. Mendelsohn is the chef and owner of Vim & Victor, We the Pizza, Santa Rosa Taqueria, and Good Stuff Eatery, while Goldman co-founded Honest Tea and has served as a member of the board at Beyond Meat for over ten years. The duo have been working together for years after meeting in 2017 at a food policy panel at George Washington University. Leveraging Goldman’s mission-driven entrepreneurial expertise and Mendelsohn’s culinary prowess, the two partners have launched multiple successful endeavors since they joined forces. The pair launched their first joint business, PLNT …


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Sweets & Snacks

Seth Goldman’s & Spike Mendelsohn Eat the Change Introduces Carrot Snacks “For Grown-Ups”

Eat the Change, founded by Seth Goldman, Co-Founder of Honest Tea and Chair of the Board at Beyond Meat, and Celebrity Chef Spike Mendelsohn introduces Organic Carrot Chews, a line extension of Cosmic Carrot Chews this time aimed at teens and adults. The vegetable snack debuts in Ginger Turmeric, Maple Cardamom and Meyer Lemon, made with organic carrots and organic fruit juice, offering a source of vitamin A. The company says that carrots are highly water-efficient, requiring only 23 gallons to produce one pound versus 257 for soybeans.   “We’ve heard from a number of parents who have introduced Cosmic Carrot Chews™ to their kids, and the feedback is in – They want a snack of their own!” said Chef Spike Mendelsohn. “Organic Carrot Chews™ are …


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Fast Food

Chef Spike Mendelsohn’s PLNT Burger Begins National Expansion, Aiming for 30 Locations by 2023

PLNT Burger today announces its expansion in New York City with three new brick-and-mortar restaurants, to be increased to 16 by the end of the year across DC, MD, PA, NYC and Boston with the goal of 30 locations by the end of 2023.  The chain opened its first location inside a Maryland Whole Foods Market back in 2019 and quickly gained popularity, this January opening its tenth store in Union Square New York. “It’s incredible how quickly we’ve grown from one store in Maryland to now 16 across the Mid Atlantic and Northeast. We’re thrilled to continue to open the door for people to try delicious plant-based burgers that are better for the planet,” said Co-Founder, Chef Spike Mendelsohn. “It’s a big bet for …


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Fairs & Events

Popular Veg Restaurant Week Coming to Washington, D.C. This Spring

From May 7-14, restaurants across the US capital will celebrate the city’s rich and diverse vegan cuisine during DC Veg Week. The event will bring together top restaurants, from elegant fine dining to neighborhood fast-casual spots, to feature their greatest plant-based dishes.  Participating restaurants include fast-casual favorites Hip City Veg and Shouk, Chef Spike Mendelsohn’s PLNT Burger and upscale farm-to-table establishment DC Harvest. Roscoe’s Pizzeria will serve their famous vegan mozzarella pizzas while the Salvadoran/Mexican El Tamarindo will offer specialty plant-based papusas. Diners will also have the opportunity to try local newcomers BDG’s Ghicken Vegan and DC Vegan. Restaurants can participate in DC Veg Week in a variety of ways, ranging from offering prix fixe menus and discounts to new vegan specialty items. Registration is …


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Gastronomy & Food Service

PLNT Burger Continues Expansion, Opens 10th Restaurant in New York City

PLNT Burger announces the plant-based chain has expanded to New York City for the first time with a new location in Union Square, with more restaurants in the NY tri-state region planned.  Co-founded by Top Chef luminary Spike Mendelsohn, PLNT Burger is a fast-casual concept specializing in gourmet burgers, fries and shakes. The chain opened its first location inside a Maryland Whole Foods Market in 2019 before quickly growing throughout Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania.   Chef-crafted Beyond Burgers PLNT Burger offers diners a vibrant, colorful take on plant-based eating, serving a variety of indulgent Beyond Meat burgers and specialty sides. Popular menu items include the staple PLNT Burger (Beyond Meat patty, tomato, lettuce, pickles, caramelized onion and PLNT sauce), the Crispy Chik ‘N Sandwich (Spiced and …


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Company News

Seth Goldman of Honest Tea & Beyond Burger to Donate $1 Million for Planet-Friendly Foods

Seth Goldman and Julie Farkas of Honest Tea have announced the launch of a new grants program, Eat the Change® Impact. Through the scheme, they plan to donate $1 million ($335,000 per year) over the next three years to national and community-based nonprofits to promote more planet-friendly foods.


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Fairs & Events

Launch of Plant Based World Conference & Expo Deemed Huge Success; Nearly 4,000 Diverse Attendees Gather for Inaugural Event

This past weekend, the Javits Center was the place to be for anyone and everyone interested in learning about the growth of the plant-based foods market, which is transforming the way people eat. Trade show management company JD Events announced that 3,737 attendees participated in the launch of the Plant Based World Conference & Expo. The event was supported by founding partners Plant Based Foods Association, Eat for the Planet, The Plantrician Project, and Follow Your Heart.