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Market & Trends

This Week in Australia’s Plant-Based Scene

This week in Australia’s plant-based scene are three noteworthy developments in the plant-based meat and sweets and snacks categories as well as the expansion of a plant-based restaurant set to franchise its concept worldwide. Flave raises $2.5 million to open second restaurant of a future 1000-store plant-based burger chain  Australian plant-based restaurant Flave has secured $2.5 million in a Series A round to open a second Flave store in Darlinghurst in early 2023. $1 million came from board members, and the rest through equity crowdfunding. The company, which started as a subscription service and has since joined the fast-casual food service industry with a 100% plant-based burger restaurant in Bondi, plans to roll out 1,000 stores in Australia, the US, India, China, and other markets …


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Food Service

Plant-Based Restaurant Mildreds Opens Sixth Location in London’s Covent Garden

Plant-based restaurant Mildreds first launched in London in 1988. Now, the chain has opened its sixth location in the British capital, offering sustainable food inspired by cuisines from around the world. The restaurant is situated on St. Martin’s Lane in Covent Garden and is divided across two floors, with space to seat 110 and a private space that can accommodate eight guests. The location is open every day for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch, serving Mildreds’ recently introduced seasonal menu. It has been just four months since Mildreds opened its previous location, a concept restaurant called mallow, in Borough Market. The chain’s other restaurants are in Soho, Camden, King’s Cross, and Dalston. Menu Mildreds’ Covent Garden menu features dishes such as Bhatti Ka Chick’n …


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Company News

HipCityVeg: An East Coast Sensation Planning 100’s of New Locations

As California’s vegan fast food movement grows, one fast-casual brand has been quietly taking the East Coast by storm. HipCityVeg, founded in 2012 by entrepreneur Nicole Marquis, offers indulgent vegan versions of classic comfort foods.  Now, the chain is revealing ambitious plans for national expansion.  Marquis first launched HipCityVeg in her hometown of Philadelphia, where the eatery quickly amassed a following of faithful fans. The vibrant menu features a lineup of gourmet burgers, chicken sandwiches, Philly steaks and organic milkshakes. But it’s the restaurant’s unusually loyal fan base that truly sets it apart. When the brand opened its first New York location last year, a crowd of thousands enthusiastically lined up at the Union Square eatery, with some reportedly driving hours to wait in line.  …