HiP Chocolate

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Company News

Brandplant Adds HiP Chocolate to Benelux Distribution Portfolio 

Brandplant – the plant-based Benelux distributor – has expanded its portfolio with the addition of UK vegan brand HiP Chocolate. Created by James Cadbury, the great-great-great-grandson of John Cadbury, HiP produces oat-based milk chocolate from a slave-free supply chain. Netherlands-based Brandplant is continuing to expand its distribution portfolio, adding HiP to its current range of brands which includes VFC, Vantastic Foods, PLAYin CHOC, and two of its own brands, Pianta and Upside.   Brandplant also recently received investment from UK’s Veg Capital and Sweden’s Kale United, to accelerate the availability of vegan products in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg. Veganism and plant-based diets are on the rise in the countries, with the city of Amsterdam even laying out plans to encourage its citizens to be 50% …

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Tcho Vegan Chocolate

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Company News

Tcho Chocolate Commits to Going 100% Vegan by 2023

Craft chocolate company Tcho (pronounced “cho”) announced it will replace dairy milk with plant-based alternatives in all of the company’s products by 2023, making it one of the first chocolate makers to go completely plant-based.  Tcho’s re-branding kicks off with a new line of six chocolate bars debuting across the company’s retail line and on Tcho.com. The square-shaped, colorfully packaged bars are priced at $5.99 each and will eventually replace all of the company’s dairy chocolate: TOFFEE TIME — Made with cashew butter, coconut sugar, oat milk, cacao, and vegan toffee pieces. AWW NUTS! — A dark chocolate bar filled with almond butter. CHOCO LATTÉ — A coffee truffle filled with oat milk chocolate and organic coffee beans. HOLY FUDGE — A dark chocolate bar …

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Ritter Sport

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Products & Launches

Chocolate Giant Ritter Sport Releases New Vegan Bar as Vegan Boom in Germany Continues

From January, German chocolate brand Ritter Sport is adding a new variety to its vegan product range — the ‘Vegan Pure Without Moo’ — in time for Veganuary 2022, for German consumers, who are increasingly shifting to a plant-based diet. Ritter Sport has a brand awareness of 99% in Germany and belongs to the family-owned Alfred Ritter GmbH & Co. KG, which is known as the first major chocolate manufacturer in Germany to grow its own cocoa on its own plantation. Additionally, the long-established company became the first volume manufacturer to launch a vegan chocolate range for the German market in 2016. With its new chocolate addition, Ritter Sport responds to the vegan boom in Germany, a trend extending to every category including chocolate bars. …

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Vegan Delights

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Food & Beverage

Vegan Delights: Sweden’s 100% Vegan Wonka-Inspired Chocolate Factory

Inspired by Willy Wonka, entrepreneur Anahita Vazvan has opened the doors to her family chocolate factory in Sweden, called Vegan Delights, where customers can meet the female-led company and enjoy a huge variety of imaginative vegan treats. The company’s initial vision “was to create vegan treats that didn’t feel like a compromise and that dream was turned into reality”, one that is ethically driven and involves a diverse team of coworkers. Vegan Delights has most notably developed a vegan Snickers called ‘Vegickers’, which is the company’s bestseller and has already become a firm customer favourite. In 2019, confectionery giant Mars, producer of the conventional snickers bar, became the first major confectionery company to launch a veganised line with Galaxy Vegan. Following the ongoing trend for …

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Lindt

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Products & Launches

Lindt Announces New Vegan Products in Response to Plant-Based Rise in UK

To celebrate World Vegan Day today 1st November, Swiss chocolate company Lindt has announced the upcoming launch of two new vegan chocolate products. Lindt Classic Recipe Vegan Smooth and Lindt Classic Recipe Vegan Hazelnut will hit UK shelves for Veganuary 2022.  The premium chocolate maker has developed the new bars in response to the number of British people now opting for plant-based milk, which studies show to have exploded dramatically to a third of the population. Lindt’s latest products are made of oat milk – now the most popular dairy alternative globally.  Lindt – a global brand with a revenue of over 4.5 billion – has been expanding its vegan range slowly but steadily, this year releasing a plant-based range in Germany, as well as …

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Cultivated, Cell-Cultured & Biotechnology

$4M Invested in California Cultured’s Cell-Cultured Chocolate to Solve Deforestation and Child Labor in Cocoa

Agronomics has led a Seed Funding Round for California Cultured, a food-tech company based in Davis, California, which utilises cell culture technology to produce cocoa products like cocoa powder, chocolate, cocoa butter and flavanols in order to circumvent the serious issues arising from cocoa production such as deforestation and child slave labor. California Cultured was founded by cell-culture technology veterans Alan Perlstein and Harrison Yoon, as a way to address the need for more ethical and environmentally friendly methods of chocolate production. The company says, “We select cacao varieties with the best organoleptic properties, take a handful of cells and keep them growing infinitely. We do this by equipping the cells with a proper set of plant nutrients which allows for rapid growth. We harvest …

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Fellow Creatures Vegan Creamy Plant-Based Chocolate Range

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Investments & Finance

Scottish Chocolate Brand Fellow Creatures Secures Six Figure Investment

Edinburgh based chocolate producer Fellow Creatures has secured a £450,000 investment for expansion of its palm oil-free products which are now listed with WH Smith and Sainsbury’s across the UK. The progressive and ethically-driven brand was one of six graduates of the ProVeg incubator last year. Founder Zsolt Stefkovics, who originally hails from a dairy farming family, says: “Growing up in a family of dairy farmers, I have always loved chocolate. Upon leaving my homeland Hungary at age 18, I became a vegan. Realising a real lack of indulgent, creamy chocolate choices in the free-from aisles, I decided to create my own with all the fun and creaminess we all remember from our childhood. “Having been picked on at primary school, I learned that inclusivity …

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Carob pods and carob powder in the wooden bowl.

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Agriculture / Agribusiness

Carob: An Ultra-Sustainable Superfood That Can Grow in Deserts (and tastes exactly like chocolate)

FoodTech and agriTech startup CarobWay, Ltd. is cultivating the ancient superfruit carob, which according to the founder, can grow on land such as deserts where no other crops are able to grow. Not only that, but its sugar is low glycemic index, a perfect natural sweetener, provides energy, and is suitable for diabetes sufferers. CarobWay says it is cultivating locally grown carob trees in sustainable, advanced agriculture, while guaranteeing fair-trade return to the growers, resulting in a resilient food system that is beneficial to all partners in the supply chain. Founder Udi Alroy was seeking a sustainable super-crop that can grow in dry weather with almost no water to address the strained resources of our climate-stressed planet. Together with his partners, he founded CarobWay in …

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Investments & Finance

Germany: The Nu Company Raises €14M with Formula 1 World Champion Nico Rosberg Among Investors

Leipzig-based sustainable food startup the nu company has successfully completed its first financing round following triple-digit sales growth for the fourth consecutive year. Raising over €14 million in series A funding, the challenger brand is looking to seriously disrupt the food industry with its vegan product line. Featuring the vegan and sugar-reduced chocolate bar line nucao, and the organic protein brand numove, the nu company aims to expand its line of all-organic, low ingredient products with less sugar, plastic-free packaging, and a negative CO2 balance.  Having recorded triple-digit sales growth for four consecutive years, and with its products already available in over 10,000 stores, the company was an attractive offer for the Series A investors, which included former F1 world champion and sustainability entrepreneur Nico …

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NOMO Choc lollies

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Products & Launches

UK’s Number One Vegan Chocolate Brand NOMO Launches Vegan Lollipops

NOMO has entered the children’s confectionery market with new monster inspired choc lollies, appealing for the first time to children with allergies and intolerances. Since launching in 2019, NOMO has become officially the number one vegan and free-from chocolate brand in the UK worth £9m in RSV with the greatest market share (24.4%). In the UK it is estimated that the prevalence of food allergies is 7.1% in breastfed infants, with 1 in 40 developing peanut allergies and 1 in 20 developing an egg allergy. The most common allergies that affect children are dairy, peanuts/tree nuts and eggs. With this in mind, NOMO has created a vegan and free-from chocolate product that children with allergies to dairy, gluten, egg or nuts can enjoy, following their …

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Trupo Treats

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Company News

Eating Chocolate to Help Sanctuary Animals: Trupo Treats Announces Its First Vegan Milk Chocolate

Ethical, vegan milk chocolate startup Trupo Treats has announced the success of its $150,000 crowdfunding campaign, including raising $50,000 in just one day. The New York-based brand is now developing its range of vegan milk chocolate products, with a UK launch planned for Autumn. “We are one of the first vegan milk chocolate companies, and we stand behind our values” – Charlie Trupo Started by twin brothers Brian and Charlie Trupo, Trupo Treats raised an initial $27,000 in July 2020 followed by the launch of its vegan rice crunch bar that sold out online in just a few months. The ethical brand is now going into production of its new range: a wafer, a caramel cookie, and a classic milk chocolate bar. The products are …

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Food & Beverage

Continued Global Retail Success For Confectionary Game-Changer LoveRaw

Fast-growing vegan brand LoveRaw, which secured a multi-million investment from Blue Horizon Ventures in 2019 for its growing portfolio of plant-based confectionary, announces fresh retail partnerships in several markets including the UK, France, Spain and Switzerland, after expanding into Kuwait and Malta as well as into 500 UK Co-op stores towards the end of last year.

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