Ms Gems, the new vegan M&Ms

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Mummy Meegz Unveils Next Vegan Dupe with ‘M’z Gems’ Vegan M&Ms

UK-based vegan chocolate brand, Mummy Meegz, announces its latest dupe of a confectionery classic, this time with the launch of ‘M’z Gems’, fully vegan M&M alternatives in both Chocolate and Peanut flavours. Mummy Meegz (previously Meagz) says it is disrupting the vegan category, fast becoming the go-to brand for iconic vegan swaps. The new treats are made with the Mummy Meegz “m!lk” chocolate, are palm oil-free and certified gluten-free, and packaged in recyclable materials. With sales of vegan chocolate reportedly dropping in 2023 due to the cost of living crisis, the brand’s competitively-priced products make vegan shopping more accessible to UK consumers. The new range comes at a price of £2.49 for an 80g sharing pack. Previous vegan swaps launched by the brand include Vegan …

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Lindt launches vegan truffles in USA

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Lindt Launches Vegan Truffle Balls in the USA

Lindt LINDOR has launched a plant-based version of its popular Truffle Balls on the US market. The new vegan product range includes the flavors Non-Dairy OatMilk and Dark Chocolate OatMilk. The truffle balls complement the Lindt CLASSIC RECIPE oat milk bars launched in 2022 and expand the company’s vegan range. They are intended to offer a chocolate alternative for all consumers, not just those who avoid dairy products. “We wanted to create dairy-free truffles for all chocolate lovers, including those who avoid dairy products, are lactose intolerant or simply follow a more plant-based diet,” says Lindt Master Chocolatier Ann Czaja. The new dairy-free oat milk truffle balls from Lindt LINDOR are designed to offer a chocolate experience on a par with milk chocolate truffle balls. …

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Macalat and MycoTechnology have partnered to create a sweet dark chocolate bar

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Sugar-Free Mycelium Chocolate Described as Most Significant Innovation in Chocolate in a Century

US confectionery brand Macalat has introduced a vegan, organic, zero-sugar, sweet dark chocolate bar —  Organic Sweet Dark Chocolate — claiming it to be the most significant innovation in chocolate in the past 100 years. To achieve this breakthrough, Macalat has partnered with the mushroom innovator MycoTechnology to create a dark chocolate experience using a mycelium-derived flavor modulator called ClearIQ.   Produced using fermentation, ClearIQ is said to be an “incredible” and natural solution to eliminate the need for sugar, milk, or artificial sweeteners and mask the bitterness and astringency of dark chocolate. In addition, as a flavor amplifier, it enhances the full spectrum of cacao flavors while delivering a smooth texture. According to MycoTechnology, ClearIQ’s capabilities extend beyond chocolate to other F&B products, positioning it as …

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Italian startups address cocoa supply chain crisis

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Italian Startups Address Cocoa Supply Chain Crisis Through Innovative Technology

The cocoa supply chain is in crisis, with the cost of raw materials rising by as much as 30-40% and retail prices increasing by 15%. This is largely driven by climate change, which is causing rising temperatures and reduced precipitation — especially in Ghana and Ivory Coast, which together produce around 60% of the world’s cocoa. These factors, combined with seasonal floods, have allowed diseases and parasites that attack cocoa crops to proliferate. Simultaneously, child labour in the industry is on the rise, increasing from 31% to 45% in West Africa between 2008 and 2019; an estimated 1.5 million children are now being exploited in the region. Geopolitical instability and increases in transportation and energy costs are introducing further challenges. These issues have highlighted the …

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7th Heaven peanut butter cups

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7th Heaven Chocolate Unveils New Oat Milk Peanut Butter Cups to Rival Reese’s

7th Heaven Chocolate, a vegan chocolate brand based in Israel and New Jersey, is expanding its presence in the US dairy-free confectionery market by introducing oat milk peanut butter cups, a new addition to its vegan chocolate bar lineup. The product aims to offer a competitive alternative to Reese’s oat milk peanut butter cups, produced by Hershey’s, which were launched in the US last year. The company claims the formulation of these peanut butter cups is the result of extensive research and development by the company’s founders, Daniel Bareket and Elya Adi, along with chief food technologist Dan Brom. Originally launched in Israel under the brand name “Panda,” 7th Heaven’s products are currently available at over 700 retail locations across the United States, including Wegmans, …

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LoveRaw named one of Europe's fastest-growing companies in FT1000 ranking

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LoveRaw Named One of Europe’s Fastest-Growing Companies in FT 1000 Ranking

UK-based vegan chocolate brand LoveRaw has been featured in the FT 1000, the Financial Times’ annual ranking of Europe’s fastest-growing companies compiled in collaboration with Statista. LoveRaw has been included after growing its CAGR by 61% from 2019 to 2021, despite a challenging economic environment. The brand offers four popular chocolate ranges — Cre&m Wafer Bars, Peanut Butter Cups, Nutty Choc Balls, and the Peanut Caramel Bar. The products are available at major retailers such as Tesco, Asda, Waitrose, Ocado, Co-op, and Whole Foods Market. “Being recognized and ranked in the FT 1000 marks a pinnacle moment in our journey, a testament to the remarkable dedication and innovation of our team, both past and present,” said Rimi Thapar, co-founder and CEO of LoveRaw. Tesco accelerator …

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H!P Launches Upgraded Plant-Based Easter Eggs With Chocolate Buttons

UK-based vegan chocolate brand H!P (Happiness in Plants) has updated its plant-based Easter eggs for 2024, making them 50% bigger with chocolate buttons inside. The eggs and buttons are made from oat milk and sustainably sourced single-origin Colombian cocoa. They are available in two varieties — Salted Caramel and the new Cookies No Cream flavour, which recently won a Great Taste Award. Despite the increase in size, the eggs are priced the same as last year. The packaging of the eggs is plastic-free and fully recyclable, while the chocolate has a 50% lower carbon footprint than milk chocolate (according to an analysis by My Emissions). H!P is a certified B Corp and a member of 1% for the Planet, donating at least 1% of its …

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California Cultured

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California Cultured Signs 10-Year Agreement for Cell-Cultured Cocoa with Japan’s Largest Chocolate Company

California Cultured, a West Sacramento-based startup specializing in plant cell culture, has announced a partnership with Meiji Ltd. Co., Japan’s largest chocolate company. This collaboration involves the integration of California Cultured’s cell-cultured cocoa products into Meiji’s lineup of packaged goods. Part of the co-branded collaboration includes a 10-year commercial agreement positioning California Cultured as the supplier of its “Flavanol Cocoa Powder” to Meiji. California Cultured uses cellular agriculture to create cultured chocolate and coffee, addressing several critical issues associated with the chocolate industry, such as deforestation and biodiversity loss. The company gained financial backing from CULT Food Science Corp in 2022, which has furthered its mission by diversifying CULT’s cell-based food portfolio and aiding the advancement and commercialization of California Cultured’s products. Alan Perlstein, founder …

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Fetcha Chocolates to be included in Oscars gift bags

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Luxury Vegan Chocolates Made by Scottish Brand to Be Included in Oscars Gift Bags

Luxury vegan chocolates made by Scottish company Fetcha Chocolates will be included in this year’s famous “Everyone Wins” Oscars gift bags. Founder Fiona MacArthur has prepared a limited-edition selection box for the event, with flavours inspired by the Oscar-nominated films Oppenheimer, Barbie, Poor Things, The Holdovers, Maestro, and Killers of the Flower Moon. The selection box will also be available from the Fetcha Chocolates website from February 10. All the chocolates are free of gluten, palm oil, and alcohol. The gift bags are given to all Academy Awards nominees, and are created by luxury LA marketing company Distinctive Assets. They have a value of approximately $125,000 and feature over 60 gifts, including a luxury holiday. “Creating chocolates for this gift bag is a dream come …

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Harken Sweets

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Harken Sweets Reimagines Snickers and Milky Way Bars With 100% Plant-Based Ingredients

Harken Sweets, a new ‘better-for-you’ candy brand, has announced the launch of its reimagined, plant-based versions of candy bar classics infused with the nutritional benefits of dates. Katie Lefkowitz, founder of Harken Sweets and former COO of Caulipower, took to social media to announce the launch, commenting on the inspiration for the brand. She created Harken Sweets with the hopes of combining a long-held recipe for date-based caramel with the knowledge that these new candy bars have the potential to revamp a comfort food category with nutritionally elevated options. She shared, “If there is one thing I hope for with the launch of this brand, it is that ripping open one of our candy bars allows you to Harken […] back to your first Halloween, …

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Galaxy vegan fruit and nut bar

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Galaxy Launches Vegan Version of Popular Fruit and Nut Chocolate Bar

Mars-owned chocolate brand Galaxy has launched a vegan version of its much-loved Fruit and Nut chocolate bar in the UK. The product consists of dairy-free milk chocolate made with hazelnut paste, combined with raisins and roasted hazelnuts. It is available as a large 100g bar and a 40g snack-size format, which have both gained listings at Morrisons stores UK-wide. Expanding vegan range Galaxy previously launched another dairy-free option — the Vegan Salted Caramel bar — in July of last year. Also made with hazelnut paste, the product was introduced in response to growing demand for free-from confectionery. The brand’s first dairy-free range was launched in 2019, making Mars the world’s first major confectionery company to produce vegan chocolate. It featured the flavours Caramelized Hazelnut, Caramel …

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LoveRaw launches at Albert Heijn and Shell in the Netherlands

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LoveRaw Launches at Hundreds of Albert Heijn and Shell Stores Across the Netherlands

Fast-growing UK-based vegan chocolate brand LoveRaw has gained new listings at two Dutch retailers — Shell and the Netherlands’ largest supermarket chain, Albert Heijn. LoveRaw’s M:lk Choc Wafer Multipack will now be available at 250 Albert Heijn stores, while the brand’s Cre&m Wafer Bar will be available at 150 Shell locations in M:lk and White varieties. This is LoveRaw’s first nationwide listing outside the UK, though the brand was already available in the Netherlands at Holland & Barrett and Flink. Within the UK, LoveRaw is available at major national retailers such as Tesco, Co-op, Waitrose, and Ocado. The brand recently announced that it would be launching at SPAR stores internationally after joining the retailer’s Challenger Brand program, and has also just secured its first ever …

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A close shot of woman hands splitting in two a peanut chocolate bar

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Market & Trends

Vegan Chocolate Market to Be Worth $2Bn by 2032, Growing at 13.1% CAGR

According to a report by Allied Market Research, significant growth is expected for the vegan chocolate market over the coming decade, with the market value expected to rise from $585.8 million in 2022 to $2 billion in 2032 — a CAGR of 13.1%. Demand will be driven by an increased focus on sustainable and animal-friendly options, along with the perception of plant-based products as a healthier choice. However, the market could be restrained by a lack of production capacity, along with the difficulty of sourcing ingredients at a reasonable cost. Additionally, plant-based chocolate typically requires significant R&D due to the challenge of replicating the taste and texture of dairy-based products, and distribution is more limited than for conventional chocolate. To counter these challenges, the report …

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The Nu Company Secures Media Deal to Make Sustainable Chocolate the Norm in Germany

SevenAccelerator announces a media investment in the nu company, the German food tech behind the vegan chocolate brand, nucao, known for its organic and fair trade sourced chocolate and environmentally friendly packaging. An early-stage venture capital arm of the German mass media and digital company ProSiebenSat.1 Media and part of SevenVentures, a leading TV media investor, SevenAccelerator makes individually tailored investments in consumer-focused startups developing sustainable products.  The media deal will give nucao advertising exposure through ProSiebenSat.1’s TV and digital media to expand the brand’s awareness and distribution channels across Germany, stated the VC. Additionally, nucao will leverage the expertise of the digital group to reach and engage with specific target audiences to develop its marketing strategy. Becoming the standard Nucao’s advertising campaign on TV and …

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Lindt vegan LINDOR truffles made from oatmilk

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Lindt USA Launches Vegan LINDOR Truffles Made From Oat Milk

Swiss chocolatier Lindt has expanded its dairy-free range in the US with vegan versions of the popular LINDOR truffles. The chocolates are available in two varieties — Oatmilk and Dark Oatmilk. They are described as providing a “smooth, melting chocolate experience in a finely crafted premium oatmilk chocolate shell”. “These chocolate candy truffles are the perfect chocolate indulgence for those who do not consume dairy products but still crave a premium chocolate experience,” says Lindt on its website. “Each plant-based, nondairy chocolate truffle is made with premium ingredients, including the finest cocoa and gluten-free oats. These individually wrapped Lindt LINDOR truffles are the perfect size to enjoy anytime, anywhere.” The truffles can be found US-wide at stores such as CVS Pharmacy, Albertsons, and Safeway, with …

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LoveRaw to launch at SPAR stores internationally

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Plant-Based Chocolate Brand LoveRaw to Launch at SPAR Stores Internationally

LoveRaw, a plant-based chocolate brand based in the UK, is set to launch at SPAR stores internationally after being accepted into the retailer’s Challenger Brand program. SPAR is one of the world’s largest food retailers, with almost 14,000 stores in 48 countries and more than 14.7 million customers served daily. Through the program, SPAR will help LoveRaw gain access to new regions, facilitating the company’s overseas growth. Other challenger brands in the program include Oatly and ethical chocolate producer Tony’s Chocoloney. To qualify, companies must typically be growing faster than their established competitors, with a proven track record of success in at least one market. LoveRaw said it had worked hard to meet the strict criteria for entrance into the program, with the process taking …

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Trupo Treats Vegan Version

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Trupo Treats Introduces Vegan Versions of Classic Candy Bars

Trupo Treats, a Colorado-based vegan confectionery company, has unveiled a new product line: Trupo Treats Vegan Versions. This new line aims to cater to the growing demand for vegan and gluten-free candy bars reminiscent of childhood favorites. To kickstart the launch, the company has set a pre-order sales target of at least $50,000.00 by November 1, with a push goal of $100,000 in prelaunch sales, and the bars will only be produced if the target is met. But as of this morning, the company is already halfway to meeting its initial goal.  Brian Trupo, co-founder of Trupo Treats, acknowledged the shift in strategy, stating on LinkedIn, “Throughout Trupo Treats history, we tried to conceal how ‘vegan’ our products looked in order to attract the masses, …

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Hershey Canada Oat Made chocolate bars

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Hershey Canada Debuts ‘Hershey’s Oat Made’ Bar Created with Oat Flour

Hershey Canada, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Hershey Company, has officially introduced its first plant-based chocolate bar: Hershey’s Oat Made.  Carly Cowman, brand manager at Hershey Canada, states, “Hershey’s Oat Made bars are everything you love about milk chocolate… except the milk. Our product development team did an unbelievable job delivering the smooth and creamy texture that we know Canadians love and expect from HERSHEY’S in our first-ever plant-based bar.” This new chocolate bar is available in two flavors – Creamy and Almond & Sea Salt, and offers the classic smooth and creamy taste that Hershey’s is known for with a fully vegan formulation. The core ingredient of these plant-based bars is oat flour, and they are Non-GMO Project verified and free from artificial flavors. …

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Dr. Bronner's oat milk chocolate

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Dr. Bronner’s Launches New Oat Milk Chocolate Line Made with Regenerative Organic Ingredients

Dr. Bronner’s, the American producer of organic soap and personal care products, announces the launch of its new Oat Milk Chocolate line. The new line features three flavors: Crunchy Hazelnut Butter, Creamy Mocha Latte, and Golden Milk Chai. In 2021, Dr. Bronner’s entered the vegan chocolate market as a result of its efforts to support ethical practices for palm and cocoa farmers in eastern Ghana. The new chocolate is made with a blend of Regenerative Organic Certified ingredients, including cocoa from Ghana and Ivory Coast, coconut sugar from Indonesia, and cocoa butter from Congo, according to the company. “Our new plant-based Oat Milk Chocolate offers the smooth, creamy texture and sweetness milk chocolate lovers desire,” said Michael Bronner, president of Dr. Bronner’s.  In addition to its commitment …

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LoveRaw

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LoveRaw Chocolates Launch at Almost 3,000 Tesco & Co-op Stores UK-Wide

Plant-based chocolate brand LoveRaw has announced that its Peanut Caramel Bar and M:lk Choc Wafer Multipack will be launching at 2,804 Tesco and Co-op locations across the UK. The Peanut Caramel Bar — a vegan faux Snickers bar — will be available as part of Tesco’s lunchtime Meal Deal at 1150 Express stores and 650 Tesco Extra locations from August 7. LoveRaw’s Cre&m Wafer Bar is already available as part of the Meal Deal in M:lk and White Choc varieties. The Peanut Caramel Bar will also launch at 550 Co-op stores from August 28, stocked alongside the Cre&m Wafer Bar in Milk Choc and Salted Caramel varieties. Additionally, LoveRaw’s Milk Choc Cre&m Wafer Multipack will become the first of the brand’s products to launch in …

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