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Gone are the days when those on a plant-based diet had few options. Consumer preferences are changing and businesses are keen to meet demand.
To keep you updated, Plant Based News will publish a weekly roundup of vegan food introductions from around the world. Here are this week’s news.
Danone, one of the largest food companies in the world, has announced a collaboration with Brightseed, a biotech company that uses AI technology to research the health benefits of plant compounds.
In the three-year partnership, Danone will use Brightseed’s knowledge to develop new vegan products. In 2018, Danone announced plans to triple global plant-based sales by 2025 – from $ 1.9 billion to around $ 5.7 billion.
Danone also announced that it will launch new non-dairy dairy products later this year. The company said the main barrier to plant-based milk is taste and texture to overcome.
“We will be introducing a new milk-like technology against this opportunity under Silk NextMilk, under So Delicious Wondermilk and under Alpro Not Milk,” said Danone.
Modern Plant-Based Foods has launched its first line of products in the US, including crab-free cakes and tartar sauce.
It is still unclear where the products are available. However, Chris Parkinson – Modern Meat’s Brand and Relationship Manager – said, “We anticipate that Modern Meat will soon hit store shelves on the west coast of the United States.
“Our company works diligently with a number of retailers to ensure visibility on store shelves. We expect this expansion plan to generate significant growth in the coming months. “
Clean meat company Wildtype says its sushi-grade alternative salmon will be available to US diners by the end of the year. Wildtype predicts it will deliver up to 200.00 pounds of product per year.
The salmon is developed with cell cultivation, so it tastes like animal salmon and contains omega-3 fatty acids. The added bonus? It does not contain the mercury, microplastics, parasites or antibiotics that are often found in farmed or wild salmon.
Vegan meat from OZO is said to be more sustainable than animal options. Photo credit: Plantterra Foods
The world’s largest meat supplier JBS is working to adapt to changing consumer habits. It has its own plant division – Planterra Foods – which was introduced into the cooling aisle as OZO last year. OZO produces vegan meat alternatives to offer a more sustainable food selection.
OZO products are now also available in the freezer aisle. It offers meat-free Mexican-seasoned ground beef, ground turkey, breakfast sausages, meatballs and beef patties, among other things.
The brand’s patties are made with pea protein. They contain more protein and less saturated fat than their big plant-based competitors.
Planterra Foods plans to expand OZO to Canada, Mexico and the UK as well.
Zoglo’s Incredible Food Corp.
The Toronto-based plant-based food company is bringing 12 new vegan products to the Canadian retail market. Shawarma, burgers, meatballs, chicken tenders, and strips are available in stores like Walmart and Metro.
UK and Europe
The British supermarket chain Lidl has just launched a huge new vegan range – and prices start at 99 pence.
The chain’s herbal Vemondo range includes 17 products. Vegan pizza, burgers, fish fingers, ice cream, chicken, nuggets and medaglioni, to name a few.
Green Boy will shortly launch its Plant-Dairy Protein, a cruelty-free protein developed for the vegan dairy industry.
The non-GMO proteins come in four different types: peas, mung beans, fava beans and chickpeas. They offer “superior” texture, taste, mouthfeel, and protein enhancement, the company says. They can be used to make vegan cheese, yogurt, butter, mayonnaise, and eggs.
The proteins are available in the EU, US, and Australia – so if you are based in these locations, you can expect more dairy-free launches.
The popular vegan milk brand Violife has just launched its first butter: VioBlock. The butter spread contains folic acid as well as vitamins B1, B2, B6 and B12. It is available now from Asda at an MSRP of £ 2.
Violife intends to expand to other major retailers soon.
Holland & Barrett
The dairy-free milk is available in strawberry and chocolate flavors. Credit: Happi Oat Drinks
A new vegan oat drink launches in 459 Holland & Barrett stores in the UK, Ireland and the Netherlands. The Happi Oat drinks are available in chocolate and strawberry flavors. They are fortified with vitamins A, B6, B9, B12, C and D.
The British chocolate-free brand has just launched its first children’s product. The confectionery company now offers monster-themed chocolate lollipops.
The company recently also launched its vegan Choc Orange Crunch and Sharing Bags – giant teardrop-shaped buttons in NOMO’s most popular flavors.
You can find NOMO’s new products in select Holland & Barrett, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose stores. More dealers will be announced later this year.
Uncle Tobys – an Australian food company founded in 1861 – is also keen to keep up with demand.
The company is launching three oat milk products made from 100 percent Australian oats. The range includes creamy oat milk, barista-style oat milk, as well as oat and almond milk. They contain a third of the recommended daily calcium and vitamins D, B12 and B2.
Popular burger eatery, Grill’d, was ahead of its time when it introduced Beyond Meat patties and non-dairy cheese to its menu. Now the company is collaborating with Michelin star chef Heston Blumenthal to bring a range of vegan mushroom-based meat pies to the market.
The range includes the Heston Fable Burger, which comes with hoisin sauce, Japanese coleslaw and lightly grilled tofu. The fabulous spicy cheeseburger. The Fable Spicy Cheeseburger, Fable Truffle, and Fable Southern BBQ burgers are also available, but be sure to request them with vegan cheese and no mayonnaise if you’re looking for a vegan option.
Across the pond, the plant-based meat brand BlueTribe is preparing to launch several new products across India. It is part of the company’s goal to offer environmentally friendly food.
BlueTribe’s vegan Chicken Keema and Chicken Nuggets will be available in Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula. Later the company will introduce pea-based chicken and pork sausages.
BlueTribe’s products are already available in Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune. It aims to expand in Indore and other cities in the country.