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Meat- and Fish Alternatives

FelsineoVeg: Tradition & Innovation Fuel Success of Plant-Based Deli Slices Made in Bologna

FelsineoVeg is an Italian manufacturer of plant-based deli slices, lardons, and burgers. The company started life as a new venture of the Felsineo Group — a Historic Brand of National Interest from Bologna, specializing in producing mortadella since 1963 — that launched a plant-based deli brand called Veghiamo in 2017. “It is an incontrovertible fact that the number of consumers choosing vegetarian and vegan products is growing,” said Andrea Raimondi, Felsineo’s president, at the time of the launch of the new brand six years ago. Immense success In 2022, FelsineoVeg’s Veghiamo rebranded to Good&Green with a diverse portfolio offering NPDs such as lardons, deli whole cuts, and alt meat, besides its deli slices range.  Recently, Good&Green introduced a new tuna-flavoured deli slice to its 100% …


Wakao Foods

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Meat- and Fish Alternatives

India’s Wakao Foods Launches Burger Patty Made From Jackfruit & Pea Protein

Indian alt meat brand Wakao Foods has launched a new product — the plant-based Continental Burger Patty, made from 53% jackfruit. Said to be rich in fibre and protein, the patty also contains pea protein and spices, and mimics the texture of pulled meat. It does not require refrigeration and has a year-long shelf life at ambient temperatures. Wakao’s extensive range also features jackfruit in the varieties Raw, Butter, Teriyaki, and BBQ, along with other jackfruit-based products such as the Hot & Spicy Sausage, American Herbs Sausage, and Supreme Burger Patty. “Sustainable and ethically sourced” India is a major jackfruit producer, exporting significant quantities to European alt meat brands. But now, Goa-based Wakao is bringing jackfruit-based meat alternatives to the fast-growing Indian plant-based market. The …


APPETEX Plant-Based Burger Texture

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Meat- and Fish Alternatives

Motif FoodWorks Announces First Consumer Launch of Motif BeefWorks™ Burger Patties Featuring APPETEX

Boston-based Motif FoodWorks announces it has launched its second food technology ingredient, APPETEX™, for large-scale commercial distribution. Described as a “breakthrough” ingredient, APPETEX is said to enhance the texture of plant-based foods by providing the unique springy and juicy chew found in animal meat products.  To enable consumers to taste the benefits of APPETEX, Motif will offer its first finished products, Motif BeefWorks™ Plant-Based Burger Patties, to consumers beginning in April.  According to Motif, APPETEX (a combination of “appetite” and “texture”) is an edible plant-based  hydrogel that is capable of recreating the bite associated with animal connective tissue. While plant-based proteins like texturized soy or pea protein can mimic the fibrous structure of meat, Motif says, these ingredients fall short in creating the springy “chewdown” …


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Studies & Numbers

Survey: 99.8% of Chinese Respondents Would Buy Locally-Produced Plant-Based Burgers

A survey of Chinese consumers in four major cities has revealed immensely positive attitudes towards plant-based meat. Conducted by the School of Advanced Agricultural Sciences at Peking University, the research found that a huge 99.8% of respondents would be willing to buy locally-produced plant-based burgers. 85% had already tried plant-based meat, largely due to a desire to try new things and a belief that plant-based products are healthier. Women, highly educated people, and those with a high income were the most likely to buy plant-based meat. Beijing had the highest proportion of consumers who had tried meat alternatives, at 89%. However, a previous study in November found that 60% of Chinese consumers were only somewhat aware of plant-based meat, or not aware at all. The …


Next Level Bigger Vegan Burgers

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Gastronomy & Food Service

Next Level Burger Unveils New Menu and ‘Defies Inflation’ with Bigger Burger Patties

Plant-based burger chain Next Level Burger (NLB), announces it is rolling out a new menu at all 10 of its US locations. In addition to expanded offerings, the brand will now offer an Actual Veggies burger along with larger-sized Beyond Burger patties.  NLB, which operates locations in six states, says the new menu will feature a range of indulgences, such as The Classic Burger (A smash burger patty, organic dill pickles and choice of sauce) to The Animal (Two quarter-pound Beyond Burger patties, cheese, organic tempeh bacon, a layer of French fries, grilled onions, tomato and lettuce on an organic bun.) Along with a new milkshake and chicken sandwich, the brand is adding a Chipotle Burger featuring an Actual Veggies Black Bean Burger patty with …


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Fast Food

Ready Burger Partners With Givaudan to Use Award-Winning PrimeLock+ Fat Technology

Ready Burger, a UK based vegan fast food chain offering plant burgers and more at price parity with conventional McDonald’s options, announces it is working to improve the fat used in its burgers through a partnership with world-famous flavour and fragrance manufacturer Givaudan. Givaudan has developed a new technology called PrimeLock+, which imitates animal fat and locks flavour and moisture into proteins. It is said to enable the fat content of meat alternatives to be reduced by up to 75%. Last year, Givaudan received two awards for the technology — The International V-Label Award and Best Ingredients Innovation at The Gulfood Manufacturing Industry Excellence Awards. Ready Burger will be one of the first companies worldwide to integrate the patent-pending solution into its proteins, and is …


Beyond Meat CEO

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Investments & Finance

Beyond Meat Stock Surges 15% After Cutting Losses and Improving Margins

On Friday, Beyond Meat beat analysts’ expectations for its fourth quarter results, shrinking its losses and reporting higher-than-expected revenue. The news sent Beyond shares soaring by 15% in after-market trading.  In an earnings call, Beyond Meat CEO Ethan Brown said that Q4 concluded a “[C]hallenging year for our business and category, one marked by persistently high inflation and trading down by consumers among proteins, slowing economy in key markets, and increased competitive activity.” Indeed, the company reported a 21% decline in revenue and lower sales across “all channels”, including a 17% drop in US grocery sales and a 30% sales decline in food service. International revenue also fell by 19.9% from the same period a year earlier.  Despite the drop in sales, Beyond successfully shrunk …


joy burger & plants vegan fast food chain in argentina

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Fast Food

LATAM’s First Vegan Fast Food Chain JOY to Open Two New Stores in Buenos Aires

At the end of October 2022, JOY Burgers & Plants opened in Buenos Aires, making it LATAM’s first vegan fast food chain (to the best of our knowledge). JOY offers a 360° plant-based experience, recreating familiar flavours and textures from the world’s most famous fast food chains. The fast food restaurant’s animal-free menu features beef and chicken burgers, mac&cheese, nuggets, fried chicken, fries with cheddar cheese, salads, and drinks, including beer and kombucha — everything served in compostable and recycled packaging. JOY Burgers & Plants, which opened its first store in Villa Urquiza, is planning to close Q1 with two more locations, one in Belgrano, set to open soon. Furthermore, two other openings are slated for the first semester of the year, Vicente López, Nordelta, …


Beyond Burger in Store

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Company News

Beyond Meat Hires Red Bull Exec as New Head of Marketing, Reveals New McDonald’s Nugget

Beyond Meat (NASDAQ: BYND) announced Thursday it is hiring Akerho “AK” Oghoghomeh, formerly Senior Vice President of Marketing at Red Bull, as its new head of global marketing. In addition, the company outlined a new series of strategic plans, including a more focused US retail strategy, to increase sales in 2023. Leading the brand As the VP of marketing for Red Bull North America, Oghoghomeh led advertising and other initiatives for Red Bull’s US business, a Beyond spokesperson told the Wall Street Journal.  Oghoghomeh will join Beyond as the company seeks to reverse sales declines amid a highly challenging economic environment – data from market research firm IRI shows US sales of refrigerated meat alternatives fell by 15% in 2022.  Targeted strategy Seeking to reverse …


Next Level Burger

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Food Service

Next Level Burger Opens First Standalone Seattle Location

US vegan burger chain Next Level Burger has opened its second Seattle restaurant. It is the chain’s first standalone site in the city, after the success of the Roosevelt location inside Whole Foods. Based at the Ballard Blocks on 46th Street, the new restaurant is also Next Level Burger’s tenth nationwide. According to the chain, it features vibrant colours, warm, sustainable wood, and an 1800-square-foot dining room with additional patio seating. Takeout is also available, using fully compostable containers. The menu includes favourites such as: Signature Burger — mushroom and quinoa patty, avocado, cheese, and garlic-thyme mayo. Maverick Burger — seasoned Beyond Burger patty, onion rings, tempeh bacon, dill pickles, choice of cheese, hickory BBQ, and special sauce. Chipotle Burger — chipotle black bean patty, guacamole, pickled jalapeños, …


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Company News

Impossible Foods to Cut 20% of Staff, Plans to Launch Major Marketing Campaign in ’23

Impossible Foods is reportedly planning to reduce its workforce by one-fifth as the company contends with a difficult economic environment, as well as an overall slowdown of the plant-based category.  According to Bloomberg, the California-based company employs about 700 workers, which could lead to the layoff of over 130 employees. A source also revealed the company offered employees “voluntary separation payments and benefits” at the end of 2022.  Last fall, Impossible cut 6% of its workforce (about 50 employees) – at the time, CEO Peter McGuinness said the cuts were necessary to help the company re-organize in order to focus on future growth. With the latest round of layoffs, Impossible joins a growing list of companies, along with Beyond Meat, that have been forced to reduce …


Smashburger Plant-Based Burger


Gastronomy & Food Service

Smashburger Partners with jack & annie’s to Trial New Jackfruit-Based Burger Patty

Fast casual burger chain Smashburger announces it is partnering with jackfruit meat producer jack & annie’s to trial a new menu item: the Plant-Based Classic Smash Burger. For a limited time, the jackfruit-based burger is now available in select US Smashburger locations in Colorado, New York and New Jersey.  According to the chain, the new patty can be substituted for any traditional protein across its menu items. The Plant-Based Classic Smash Burger features lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, pickles, American cheese (non-vegan), Smash Sauce (non-vegan), and ketchup on a toasted bun.  1st plant-based patty According to jack & annie’s, this burger marks its first branded partnership with a fast-casual restaurant chain, though it has been supplying jackfruit products to other restaurants for several years, the company …


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Actual Veggies: “Leading the Charge in Bringing Back VEGGIE Burgers”

Actual Veggies has some great news to share with our readers today. The New York brand is set to launch at all locations of Next Level Burger from January, adding to rollouts in PLNT Burger and Pincho and bringing the total food service footprint to over 35 locations. This is in addition to the current restaurants serving Actual Veggies burgers such as LA hotspots The Nice Guy and Delilah. Actual Veggies is doing some seriously original work with plants; our favourite concept being a breakfast burger that comes in pink and blue varieties. This work has been recognised not just by retailers like Costco and Kroger but by high-profile investors including the venture arm of rapper Post Malone’s management team, Electric Feel Ventures, and ​​English …


La Vie Burger King

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Fast Food

La Vie’s Vegan Bacon to Become Permanent Option in Burger King Across the UK

La Vie™ announces it has sealed an exclusive partnership with Burger King UK. The award-winning vegan bacon will roll out across the country from 4th January, to coincide with Veganuary, following massive success at BK’s meat-free popups in Bristol and London this year. The announcement concludes a phenomenal year for the French company, having been named ‘Best Plant-Based Bacon in the UK’ at the Plant Based World Expo last month for the second consecutive year as well as ‘Best Vegan Bacon’ at the PETA UK Vegan Food Awards. La Vie states today that the partnership is part of an ongoing deal to support the chain’s plans to become 50% plant-based by 2030 in the UK. Rollout to help accelerate shift from animal meat Chief Marketing …


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Gastronomy & Food Service

Veggie Grill Opening 35th Location and First Multi-Concept Restaurant in NYC

Leading fast-casual chain Veggie Grill announces it will open its 35th restaurant in New York’s Midtown Manhattan neighborhood on Wednesday, Dec. 14th. Located at 1004 Second Ave., the new location will offer all four concepts in Veggie Grill’s family of brands under one roof for the first time, including Más Veggies Vegan Taqueria, healthy Vegan Bowls For All and its specialty burger concept, Stand-Up Burgers.  Created to empower plant-based eating across the world, Veggie Grill’s menu will offer a wide variety of fan favorites including: BLT Avocado Croissant – Crispy bacon, romaine lettuce, sliced tomatoes, Dijonnaise, and mashed avocado on a croissant roll. Korean Kimchi Beef Bowl – Sesame-marinated bulgogi beef served over Kimchi, brown rice, marinated power greens, roasted butternut squash, avocado, pickled cucumber …