Omni Foods teriyaki bao bun

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Products & Launches

OmniFoods Launches Award-Winning Plant-Based Teriyaki Bao Buns Across Major US Retailers

OmniFoods has announced the nationwide availability of its award-winning Plant-Based Teriyaki Bao Buns in several major retailers across the United States (as listed below). These steamed buns are filled with OMNI plant-based pork-style ground, Japanese Teriyaki sauce, king oyster mushroom, and cabbage, delivering 8g of plant-based protein per serving. David Yeung, co-founder and CEO of OMNI, comments, “We are thrilled to bring the flavors of Asia directly to households across the nation. Our Plant-Based Teriyaki Bao Buns have been selected as one of the best new vegan products among over thousands of new products at Expo West 2023. The new bao buns provide a convenient and mouthwatering way for people to enjoy authentic Asian snacks while embracing the benefits of plant-based eating.” OmniFoods is simultaneously …


Chocolate bao buns

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Food Service

Heavenly Desserts Launches Vegan Chocolate Bao Buns in Collaboration With Itsu

Dessert franchise Heavenly Desserts has partnered with Asian-inspired brand itsu to offer sweet chocolate bao buns at its 48 UK restaurants. Served warm with caramel sauce, the buns are described as “fluffy” with a “melt-in-the-middle” chocolate filling. They will be available on the chain’s regular and Dessert Tapas menus. “After a lot of consumer research and flavour profiling and following on from the popularity of our mochi desserts which we announced in summer last year, we found that bao buns are setting a trend in the dessert sector as itsu has become the go-to brand in the UK market for this recognisable Asian dish,” said Ravinder Faguraha, project support manager at Heavenly Desserts. She added, “Most Brits know bao buns to come with a savoury …


Sweet bao buns

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Sweets & Snacks

Itsu Launches Vegan Sweet Bao Buns in “Small But Historic Breakthrough”

Itsu, a UK-based Asian-inspired brand and restaurant chain, has launched a new range of sweet bao buns. The buns are vegan-friendly and available in two flavours, both containing coconut cream. The chocolate variety also contains cocoa powder, while the salted caramel flavour features miso. The products can be steamed or microwaved for a quick snack. Itsu will be conducting a marketing campaign to support the launch, including social media and digital advertising along with shopper activations. “Small but historic breakthrough” Itsu has been expanding its vegan options for some time, launching its first gyozas containing plant-based meat in 2020 and vegan protein cup noodles the following year. However, the bao buns appear to be the brand’s first plant-based sweet option, with the exception of its …


Bao buns


Products & Launches

OMNI Launches Vegan Bao Buns and Crystal Dumplings in the US

Hong Kong-based alt meat brand OMNI is set to launch two new appetizers — vegan bao buns and crystal dumplings — in the US in the coming months. Each Asian-inspired recipe has been developed by a Michelin-starred dim sum specialist. The bao buns will be available in the flavours teriyaki and gochujang, and are made with a proprietary formula for an authentic fluffy texture. The dumplings feature vegetables and minced plant-based meat, encased in a soft and chewy translucent wrapper. Updated packaging The launches come as OMNI US announces a packaging update for its range of meat alternatives. These include Crab-Style Cakes, Golden Fish-Style Fillet, Classic Fish-Style Fillet, Meat-Style Luncheon, Pork-Style Ground, and Pork-Style Strips. The update will also apply to the brand’s existing appetisers, …