Survey: 55% in Britain Have Eaten More Vegan Meat and Dairy Alternatives Since Lockdown

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According to a new survey 55% of those in Britain say that have increased the number of vegan food items they’ve eaten since the country was put on lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey also found that 22% have tried some form of vegan meat or dairy for the first time ever since the lockdown began.

“The outcome of our poll reflects the increase we have seen in the demand for our plant-based alternatives”, Lisa Harrison, senior brand manager for Mexicana® Vegan and Mexicana® Vegan Slices, told Plant Based News in a recent interview.

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Field Roast to Launch Vegan Pepperoni in U.S. and Canada

Plant-based meat company Field Roast – popular for their sausages, deli slices and Chao cheese brand – has announced that they are officially launching a line of vegan pepperoni in the United States and Canada. Furthermore, Canadian pizza chain Pizza Nova has announced that it will featured the new pepperoni in all of its 140 locations.

According to a press release from Field Roast, the pepperoni has a similar flavor and texture as traditional pork pepperoni. It will be available at Pizza Nova locations starting today (January 11th) and will be sold to retailers in the second quarter of this year.

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Nestlé Launching Vegan Tuna Salad

Nestlé has announced that they plan to debut vegan tuna salad by the end of 2020.

“We are talking chicken analogue products like chicken nuggets and chicken fillets”, CEO Mark Schneider told Foodnavigator. “And we have been working now on a tuna salad analogue, which I think holds great promise and should be out on the shelves later this year. What you’re seeing here is a once in a generation opportunity to review, rejuvenate, re-energise this category because these ingredients, these plant-based ingredients, can find their way in so many of our dishes in follow-on products that make up this category.”

This isn’t Nestlé’s first attempt at entering the plant-based food market: Last year they launched the vegan Incredible Burger in Europe. In the U.S. Nestlé launched the Awesome Burger and Awesome Grounds in stores in September under the brand Sweet Earth (a company they purchased in 2017).

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Vegan Beyond Burger Now Available At All Denny’s Locations

The vegan Beyond Burger by Beyond Meat is now available at all Denny’s locations in the United States and Canada (over 1,700 in total)

Although the Denny’s Beyond Burger can be customized, it comes standard with tomatoes, onions, lettuce, pickles, American cheese, and All-American sauce and it’s served on a multigrain bun. By removing the cheese and sauce, the sandwhich becomes vegan.

Denny’s first tested the burger in October in Los Angeles, and it was a huge success.

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Report: Beyond Meat The Fastest Growing Vegan Meat Company

According to a new report conducted by the market research firm IRI, Beyond Meat was the fastest growing vegan meat-substitute label during a recent 52-week period.

According to the report, Beyond Meat’s retail sales grew by 135% in a 52-week period ending on October 31st. With this growth they now have a 10% market share, putting them third behind MorningStar Farms and Gardein.

MorningStar Farms grew by 3.8%, and now have a market share of 41%. Gardein, however, dropped by 4%, putting their market share at 14%: They still hold strong at second, however, with 4% more than Beyond’s 10%.

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Trader Joe’s Launching Their Own Vegan “Bleeding Burger” on January 20

On Monday, January 20, Trader Joe’s will launch its “Protein Patties”, which is their version of the “bleeding burger” made popular by Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods.

The burgers, which will be located in Trader Joe’s deli section in all of their nationwide locations, will cost $4.49 for an 8-ounce package that includes two patties. This is considerably cheaper than the $5.99 average for Beyond Burgers.

“It may seem far outside the ordinary, implausible, even, but plant-based burgers have become one of the most popular food trends of the past few years, and there’s no sign of slowing down”, Trader Joe’s said in a public statement. “Folks are increasingly going for meatless burgers for all kinds of reasons, but we like to think that one reason in particular is primarily responsible: plant-based burgers have gotten really, really good recently. That’s why we decided to bring in our very own Trader Joe’s Protein Patties, a pair of pea protein-based, quarter-pound burger Patties, that offer the flavor and texture of a traditional beef hamburger, but with none of the meat—or any other animal-based ingredients for that matter.”

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Impossible Foods Working on Plant-Based Bacon

Impossible Foods CEO Pat Brown says that they’re hard at work on plant-based bacon.

Impossible Foods’ Impossible Burger has taken off in a big way in recent months, and is now served in thousands of restaurants across the United States. CEO Pat Brown says people may soon be able to add Impossible Bacon to their burger.

During an interview with CNET Brown was asked if the company planned to make plant-based bacon. He responded by stating: “Of course we are, and in fact, we’ve already played around with it. We’re not going to release a bacon product until we feel like anyone who is the most hardcore bacon worshiper thinks it’s awesomely delicious. But we’re definitely on track.”

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Study: A Whole-Food Plant-Based Diet May Reduce Cardiovascular Diseases Risk

According to a new study published in the journal Nutrients, those who follow a “whole-food plant-based” diet may have a reduced risk of cardiovascular diseases.

Cardiovascular diseases, according to the World Health Organization, “are a group of disorders of the heart and blood vessels” that include coronary heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, peripheral arterial disease, rheumatic heart disease, congenital heart disease and deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism.

“An effective lifestyle strategy to reduce cardiovascular diseases risk (CVD) factors is needed”, begins the study’s abstract. “We examined the effects of a whole-food plant-based (WFPB) lifestyle program on dietary intake and cardiovascular (CV) risk factors in 151 adults.”

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U.K. Judge Rules Vegans Must be Given Same Legal Protections as Religious Individuals

A judge in the United Kingdom has ruled that ethical veganism qualifies as a philosophical belief that must be protected under law, the same as any religion.

The court case was prompted bu Jordi Casamitjana, a self-proclaimed “ethical vegan”, who says he was dismissed by his employer, animal welfare charity the League Against Cruel Sports, in April 2018 because he informed colleagues that their employer’s pension fund was “being invested in companies that experiment on animals” and non-ethical funds.

At an employment tribunal on Friday, judge Robin Postle said he was “satisfied overwhelmingly” that ethical veganism meets the criteria of the Equality Act to qualify as a philosophical belief. In his summary judgment, Postle declared that veganism “clearly in my view meets all the criteria; It is a philosophical belief, not just an opinion.” He adds that: “It is cogent, serious and important, and worthy of respect in democratic society”.

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Federal Court Rules Against Arkansas Law Prohibiting Vegan Companies From Using Terms Like “Burger”

A federal court has ruled to block a law passed in Arkansas which prohibits vegan companies like Tofurky from using terms like “meat” and “burger” in any of its products.

The court ruled that Arkansas’ House Bill 1407 (the “Truth in Labeling” bill) – passed by lawmakers in March – cannot go into effect while a pending lawsuit moves forward. The lawsuit comes from vegan meat company Tofurky, with the support of the ACLU, the Animal Legal Defense Fund and The Good Food Institute: They are arguing that the law is an unconstitutional violation of free speech. If the law did go into effect, terms like “meat” and “burger” could only be used if the product comes from an animal, meaning products couldn’t be labelled “veggie burgers” or “plant-based meat”.

“We are pleased that the court blocked this unconstitutional law from being enforced while our underlying lawsuit proceeds, so that consumers can continue to have access to familiar plant-based products in Arkansas for the foreseeable future,” says Tofurky CEO Jaime Athos. “Plant-based foods are increasingly popular with savvy consumers who understand the health and environmental consequences of their actions and it brings us no small joy that these individuals will be able to set their everyday and holiday tables with the products of their choice. While they do, we will fight the law in court.”

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Maker of Impossible Burger Wins United Nations Global Climate Award

Impossible Foods, makers of the Impossible Burger, accepted an environmental award on Tuesday from the United Nations.

Impossible Foods has received the 2019 United Nations Global Climate Action Award. Impossible Foods CEO and Founder Dr. Patrick O. Brown accepted the award at the 2019 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Madrid.

“Impossible Foods is honored to receive the UNFCCC’s Planetary Health award to showcase plant-based meat as a true pathway to cut emissions and decarbonize the atmosphere”, says Jessica Appelgren, vice president of communications for Impossible Foods. “With solutions like the Impossible Burger, consumers can drive the movement to create a food system consistent with the urgent goals of the Paris Agreement”.

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McDonalds to Launch its First Certified Vegan Meal on January 2

In just a few weeks McDonalds will launch its first-ever certified vegan meal in both the United Kingdom and Ireland.

According to McDonalds, the meal will launch on January 2. It will feature vegan Veggie Dippers, which are chicken strip-shaped nuggets of red pepper, rice, sun-dried tomato pesto and split peas. These dippers can either be purchased by themselves for £3.29, or can be purchased as a meal with french fries and a drink for £4.99.

The Veggie Dippers can also be ordered in a Happy Meal, where they’ll be paired with either vegetable sticks, french fries or fruit, along with a drink and toy.

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