Plans to convert an unused social club on the grounds of a maximum-security prison in Scotland into a fine-dining restaurant run by prisoners have reportedly been approved. This decision not only marks the starting signal for the Yew Tree restaurant but is also a second chance for many ex-offenders.
Grounded, a new brand of unique plant drinks not to be confused with Grounded Foods, launches in the UK, offering a line in plant-based protein m*lkshakes that ‘don’t compromise on anything’ as a new addition to the Veg Capital portfolio; a vegan investment fund specialising in companies driven by the need to disrupt animal agriculture.
Planty, a hugely popular vegan frozen food innovator from the UK, has closed its seed funding with Matthew Glover’s Veg Capital leading the round with an investment of £150K. Planty’s founders say that the new funds will help to “execute our production roadmap, alongside accelerating the growth of our social and environmental mission.”
Vegan-run accountancy firm Lesser & Co today announces the “friendly acquisition” of London’s Vegan Accountants, with founder Diane Metcalfe stating that she chose Keith Lesser and his team to “kickstart the vegan accounting revolution”. Keith Lesser enthuses that “the potential here is mind-blowing,” and explains why.
During lockdown, vegan alternatives became increasingly popular in the UK. Now, a recent statistic from Finder shows that 39% of Britons plan to further reduce their meat consumption, indicating rising potential in the plant-based category after lockdown. At the same time, there is a growing awareness of sustainability issues across the country.
It’s day three of our celebratory series about the wonderful world of plant milks, leading up to World Plant Milk Day this Saturday 22nd. We are featuring different plant milk brands every day this week to see how they are celebrating and how they envision the future of the milk industry. Today we have two wonderful brands — Mighty Pea from the UK and Sproud from Sweden, both specialising in pea protein.
UK milkshake giant Shaken Udder announces the launch of its first dairy-free range, which will be marketed under the vegan-friendly sister brand Shaken Other. This follows a line of dairy producers turning to dairy-free products in order to keep up with the times and, it could be suggested, to recuperate from the global loss of dairy sales.
THIS™, the UK producer of “hyper-realistic plant-based food for meat lovers”, announces a raise of £3.6 million from a Seedrs campaign including investments from Veg Capital amongst others, in what is reportedly the fastest FMCG business to achieve its target and the fastest ever campaign to hit £1.5m+.