Dream Pops Dairy-Free Chocolate

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Food & Beverage

Dream Pops Launches Dairy-Free Chocolate Crunch Snacks on Amazon

Confectionery innovator Dream Pops announces its non-dairy chocolate snacks are now available on Amazon. The debut products include Dream Pops Vanilla Sky Crunch – a plant-based version of classic malted candies such as Whoppers and Maltesers. Malt balls and more According to founder and CEO David Greenfeld, the company worked hard to launch on Amazon in time for the holidays.  Dream Pops is debuting four varieties at the retailer, including Cookie Dough, Mint Chip, Birthday Cake, and Vanilla Sky Crunch, in packs of eight. Made with ingredients like coconut milk and coconut sugar, the chocolate-coated bites feature healthy sweeteners, a crispy cookie center and are said to taste just like “a candy milkshake.” Vanilla Sky recreates the flavor of classic chocolate malt balls with simpler …

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TBH Cocoa Hazelnut Spread

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Celebrities

‘Stranger Things’ Actor Noah Schnapp Launches Capital Raise for TBH Vegan Hazelnut Spread

tbh, the company reinventing Nutella hazelnut spreads with better-for-you ingredients, announces the launch of its first capital raise on fintech platform Republic. Beginning Nov. 21st, individuals can invest as little as $50 to help tbh expand its retail footprint and grow its existing product line.  Co-founded by actor, influencer, and entrepreneur Noah Schnapp, alongside co-founders Elena Guberman and Ba Minuzzi, tbh offers a healthier, more eco-conscious version of the popular Nutella spread. Unlike its competitor, tbh’s hazelnut cocoa spread uses less sugar, contains more protein, and avoids the use of palm oil. By raising capital on Republic, a platform that allows everyone to invest in private market equity, debt or crypto offerings, tbh seeks to educate and empower a new generation to become shareholders in …

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ProVeg NFH chocolate

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Sweets & Snacks

Case Study – LoveRaw: Fostering Familiarity With Delicious Dairy-Free Chocolate

The dairy-free chocolate industry is a sector that has seen rapid growth in recent years, with no signs of slowing down. To learn more about the developing category, ProVeg International conducted a deep dive and discovered some useful information for businesses looking to develop their own vegan chocolate products. In a recent case study, ProVeg International interviewed the fast-growing dairy-free chocolate brand, LoveRaw. Above all quotes, one, in particular, stood out.  LoveRaw Co-founder Rimi Thapar, said: “Familiarity with heritage chocolate products is important to consumers when transitioning to a flexitarian or plant-based diet. Our mission is to make delicious plant-based chocolate accessible to everyone, whether they’re vegan, ‘unvegan vegan’, flexitarian, or otherwise – without compromising on taste.”  Let’s explore this quote a little deeper, to understand …

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Sweets & Snacks

Choc Affair Launches Oat M!lk Buttons & Hot Chocolate Flakes

Choc Affair, an ethical chocolate brand based in York, UK, has added several new plant-based options to its range. The new products include Oat M!lk Hot Chocolate and Oat M!lk Chocolate Buttons, with the latter available in “milk” and white chocolate varieties. Additionally, the brand has launched dark chocolate versions of both products, which are also suitable for vegans. All five options have been certified by The Vegan Society and are packaged in fully recyclable paper pouches. They are made with single-origin Colombian cocoa, which the brand pays extra for in order to help fund reforestation projects. Choc Affair already offers an extensive range of vegan-friendly chocolates, including Oat M!lk bars in the flavours Classic, Salted Caramel, Lemon & Raspberry, and Orange & Rhubarb. The …

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Tcho Vegan Chocolate

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Company News

TCHO Converts Entire Product Line to Dairy-Free Chocolate

Craft chocolate brand TCHO announces it has completed its transition to a fully plant-based product line, ceasing its last production of conventional milk chocolate in September. The company first revealed plans to make its entire range dairy-free by 2023 last year, and says it has now achieved that goal ahead of schedule. TCHO already released its first plant-based retail chocolate bars and home baking chocolates in late 2021. To reformulate its professional baking line without dairy, TCHO says it worked closely with a network of chefs and baking professionals to evaluate new formulas. Once the formulas satisfied expectations, TCHO released two new alternatives: Oat My Gawd 46%, an oat milk-based chocolate that replaces its dark milk chocolate, and Choco Blanco, the brand’s first white chocolate.  …

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Cacao-free chocolate bars

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Sweets & Snacks

WNWN Launches Vegan Version of Daim Bar, the ‘All-Free’ Waim! Bar

WNWN Food Labs, a London-based maker of cocoa-free chocolate, will launch a limited release of its new chocolate Waim! bar, an ‘all-free’ version of the iconic European candy Daim bar.  WNWN’s Waim! bar is dairy-free, gluten-free, palm oil-free, caffeine free, and vegan. “Our new bar is our take on an iconic European candy bar, but without the catastrophic impact on people and the planet,” the company states.  Early this year, WNWN launched a bean-free vegan chocolate claiming it was the first of its kind to arrive on the market. CEO and co-founder Ahrum Pak, commented: “Our chocolate habit is contributing to deforestation, biodiversity loss, soil erosion, CO2 emissions, child slavery, and unfair trade practices.”  How is cacao-free chocolate possible? For centuries, powdered carob pods have been …

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Sweets & Snacks

Sprüngli Launches Vegan Praline Chocolates with Cocoa Fruit Juice

Swiss chocolatier Sprüngli presents new vegan pralines in the form of bâtons made from three Grand Cru fine chocolate combined with fresh cocoa fruit juice. Two years ago, the company created the first Swiss Grand Cru chocolate made from 100% cocoa fruit, consisting of two ingredients: fine cocoa beans from Bolivia, and fresh cocoa fruit juice. With the new launch which debuts this September, Sprüngli once again uses fresh cocoa fruit juice in combination with fine cocoas from Venezuela, Ecuador and Bolivia. Bâtons Grand Cru Maracaibo Bâtons with a ganache made from Grand Cru Maracaibo 65%. The cocoa originates from Venezuela and offers an intense cocoa flavour with coffee and plum aromas. Bâtons Grand Cru Arriba Bâtons with a ganache made from Grand Cru Arriba …

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Rimi & Manav Thapar LoveRaw

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Interviews

LoveRaw: “We Believe in Our Strong Brand Identity, We Stand Head and Shoulders Above Our Competitors”

UK vegan chocolate pioneer LoveRaw has been reinventing confectionery since 2013, and along the way, founders Manav and Rimi Thapar have rejected offers on Dragons Den, developed multiple innovative products and sold millions of units in both mainstream and independent retail, gaining a loyal following from non-vegans, vegans and “nonvegan vegans” as coined by the entrepreneur couple. After the phenomenal success of the Ferrero Rocher-style “Nutty Chocolate Balls” which launched this June and sold a quarter of a million in just three weeks, LoveRaw today launched the Caramelised Biscuit Cre&m Wafer just six weeks later. Is there no stopping this vegan power couple? It was time to catch up with Rimi and Manav again to find out. What have been LoveRaw’s biggest developments since our …

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Sweets & Snacks

Premium Belgian Chocolate Manufacturer Kyoot Introduces Raspberry Pink Pepper Chocolate For Gen Z

Premium Belgian chocolate manufacturer Kyoot recently launched its new Vegan Raspberry Pink Pepper Chocolate targeted toward health-conscious Gen Z customers. Kyoot is on a mission to make next-level vegan chocolate for next-generation snackers. Not even a year after launching, Kyoot was awarded the Soho Chance Award in the Consumer Food and Drink category and stocked across London’s concept stores, newsagents, and gourmet grocers. Kyoot was founded by British-Lebanese Noor Freiha, a former chemical engineer who searched for a better-for-you bar that didn’t compromise on flavour. Today, the company’s bars are carefully crafted by world-class chocolatiers in Belgium, with the notion of making chocolate a fun experience, while committing to all-natural ingredients and sustainability. The high-quality chocolate range, which features ethically grown organic cacao by small-scale …

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Dream Pops Chocolate Bites

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Food & Beverage

Dream Pops Enters $52.6B Confections Market with Launch of “Indulgent” Dream Pops Crunch

Frozen novelty pioneer Dream Pops announces its first shelf-stable offering, Dream Pops Crunch, is debuting DTC on the brand’s website on Friday, July 15th. Available in six flavors, the chocolate-coated, plant-based confections will also launch through Amazon and select retailers in September, before a larger-scale rollout to 2,000 retail stores in 2022.  Known for its low-calorie, better-for-you ice creams, Dream Pops says it seeks to become a category leader and challenge incumbent “Big Candy” brands with healthier takes on classic favorites. With six flavors – Berry Dreams, Vanilla Sky, Birthday Cake, Banana Cream, Mint Chip, and Cookie Dough – Dream Pops Crunch offers consumers a new sweet snacking experience without any dairy, gluten, soy or artificial ingredients. Each 3.0 oz pouch will retail for $5.99 …

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Mars Perfect Day Chocolate

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Sweets & Snacks

Mars Partners with Perfect Day to Launch First Animal-Free Milk Chocolate

Confectionery leader Mars, Inc. is joining with startup Perfect Day to launch the company’s first animal-free chocolate innovation in the US. Made with Perfect Day’s nature-identical dairy protein, the new CO2COA chocolate provides consumers with silky smooth, lactose-free chocolate that is also earth-friendly.  An eco-chocolate experience CO2COA joins Mars’ iconic family of snacks and treats, including M&M’S, Snickers, Skittles, and Extra Gum. The CO2COA name is inspired by sustainability, which pays homage to the reduction of CO2 greenhouse gases and the sourcing of Rainforest Alliance-Certified cocoa. In addition to being lactose- and cholesterol-free, the chocolate is wrapped in paper-based packaging.  “At Mars, we bring our consumer-passion to innovation, developing on-trend innovations that support a world where both people and the planet thrive,” said Chris Rowe, …

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Lindt OatMilk Bars

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Sweets & Snacks

Lindt Vegan Classic Awarded Best Vegan Chocolate in PETA Vegan Food Awards

The jury of the PETA Vegan Food Award has awarded the Lindt Vegan Classic as the best vegan chocolate. Decisive factors for the award of the coveted prize include clear vegan labelling, innovation, expansion of the product range, and above all – taste. Harald Ullmann, co-founder and 2nd Chairman of PETA Germany, commented: “With its Vegan Classic oat drink chocolate, Lindt shows in exemplary fashion that enjoyable and purely plant-based taste creations are possible at any time. A vegan diet is good for animals, people and the environment. PETA congratulates it on winning the 2022 Vegan Food Awards in the ‘Best Vegan Chocolate’ category.” “We are very proud to win this title again with Lindt. The fact that our last year’s PETA Vegan Award is …

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WNWN alt chocolate

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Fermentation

WNWN Launches Cacao-Free Vegan Alt Chocolate

WNWN Food Labs, a UK food tech startup, has launched what it claims is the world’s first alt chocolate of its kind. Made using plant-based fermentation techniques, the new alt chocolate is cacao-free, child and slave labor-free, deforestation-free, palm oil-free, caffeine-free, gluten-free, and theobromine-free – so it will not make your dog sick.  Also boasting 80% less CO2 emissions and lower sugar than conventional chocolate, WNWN – pronounced “win-win” – has developed its proprietary fermentation process to transform sustainable plant-based ingredients into alt chocolate that the company claims tastes and melts like conventional chocolate. WNWN opts for British barley and carob for the base of its cacao-free chocolate,  developed with an in-house chocolatier. WNWN also plans to explore how other foods can be future-proofed from …

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Sweets & Snacks

Veganz Launches Climate Friendly Organic Choc Bar Peanut Caramel

Veganz, based in Berlin, announces new product launch vegan Choc Bar Peanut Caramel, saying it has “successfully managed the technical challenge of creating creamy caramel without the need for butter”. Veganz was founded as the first vegan supermarket chain in Europe and now produces a wide range of own-brand products encompassing biscuits and snacks, cheese alternatives, plant-based fish and seafood, vegan meat and sausages, and ready meals. In October of last year, the company announced its plans to go public, and in January of this year Veganz signed an exclusive agreement with global food service provider Aramark. Throughout 2021 the company launched into Greek supermarket chain AB (Alfa-Beta) and rolled out its popular frozen pizzas into Woolworths Australia and Drakes Australia, having already become established …

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Sweets & Snacks

H!P & Love Cocoa Host London Pop-Up for Plant-Based Chocolate

H!P Chocolate and Love Cocoa, two of the UK’s leading vegan and ethical chocolate brands, are hosting a pop-up store starting today (Thursday 7th April) in London. Both brands were founded by James Cadbury, the great-great-great grandson of the original Mr. Cadbury. The pop-up store will celebrate a series of milestones for the growing brands. Plant-based chocolate specialist H!P Chocolate is now one year old and has sold over 1 million vegan oat milk chocolate bars to date. The brand, which stands for Happiness in Plants, is also launching a new product into the growing UK vegan chocolate market; the Salted Caramel Oat Milk Chocolate Egg.  This follows the release of the H!P Salted Honeycomb Bar to its oat milk chocolate line-up, with the “Crunchie-esque” …

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