United States’ First-Ever Vegan Butcher Shop to Open January 23rd in Minnesota

  1. vegan butcherOn January 23rd, The Herbivorous Butcher will open at 507 First Ave in Minneapolis, Minnesota, roughly a year after founders of the shop raised over $60,000 through a successful Kickstarter campaign.

The shop is being opened by siblings Aubry and Kale Walch. Both have been spending the past several years “perfecting The Herbivorous Butcher’s deliciously deceiving meat-free meats”. When the shop opens, they’ll have 35 vegan meats, cheeses, and butters available for sale (which can also be ordered online).

“We started The Herbivorous Butcher to bring you small-batch, locally-sourced, all-natural meat alternatives that are always fresh, flavorful, and protein-rich so you never feel like you’re sacrificing anything for healthy and ethical eating”, the shop states on their website.

“The need for meat alternatives has never been greater. Global demand for meat has tripled in the last 40 years, causing dramatic and unsustainable increases in greenhouse gas emissions, deforestation, and water pollution, intensifying pressures on land, water, fertilizer, feed, and fuel. A modest reduction in the consumption of animal products would not only spare billions of animals from inhumane treatment every year, but would have a huge environmental impact at a time when the world urgently needs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to avert catastrophic climate change.” Because of this, the siblings “are responding to this call to action because together we can all change the world one meal at a time!”

Below are some pictures of the products the shop will be featuring, followed by a full list:



Vegan porterhouse steak.


Vegan pepperoni.


Vegan deli bologna.

Vegan meats that will be available:

Teriyaki Jerky
Cajun Jerky
Salt N’ Peppa Jerky
Beer Brats (numerous varieties)
Jalapeno Cheddar Brat
Curry Brat
Sriracha Brat
Deli Turkey
Italian Ham
Filet Mignon
Ground Beef
Korean Ribs
Huli Huli Hawaiian Ribs
Maple Glazed Bacon
Canadian Bacon
Portuguese Sausage
Andouille Sausage
Summer Sausage
Corned Beef


Vegan cheeses that will be available:

Irish Cheddar
Herb Smoked Cheddar
Spicy Queso Blanco
Garlic Pepper Havarti
Basil Havarti
Smoked Gouda


You can find more information on the Herbivorous Butcher’s website, by clicking here.


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    • Earl on 01/02/2016 at 8:33 pm
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    Looking forward to your delicious foods! Thanks again for your hard work! Best wishes for you

    • Kira Lee on 01/02/2016 at 10:02 pm
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    I would like to be on a mailing list please

      • Laura VZ on 01/11/2016 at 2:11 pm
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      You can sign up on their homepage! http://www.theherbivorousbutcher.com/

    • Pat King on 01/02/2016 at 11:39 pm
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    Will it be possible to order your products in UK or do you know of anyone who stocks them,
    Many thanks

    Pat King

    • Wendy on 01/03/2016 at 1:06 am
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    What I can’t understand, is why anyone who is vegan, would want to eat something that resembles a peice of meat….it sort of contradicts it’s self.

      • SHei on 01/04/2016 at 4:51 am
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      Totally agree – so you want to be a pretend meat eater?

      • Rentia on 01/04/2016 at 6:43 am
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      Please don’t make your ignorance and lack of knowledge so clear. It is a clear lack of education that makes people make that kind of statement.

        • SHei on 01/05/2016 at 12:56 am
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        Are you always condescending in your communications? shhhh no one is right or wrong here, everyone is entitled to their view – doesnt mean they are not educated

      • Renlion on 01/04/2016 at 6:50 am
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      Vegans are against meat for cruelty. Doesn’t mean they don’t want to eat a delicious piece of steak. They withhold from that joy due to the pain the animal goes through.

        • bri bri on 01/12/2016 at 12:24 pm
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        exactly…i don’t know why its so hard to understand

      • Valerie Lewis on 01/04/2016 at 7:23 am
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      Because probably the majority of vegans grew up eating meat, and they didn’t become vegan because they ceased liking the taste. So getting a sustainable, ethical substitute would be welcomed by many.

      • Kimberment on 01/04/2016 at 10:28 am
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      Cause meat is delish but murdering sentient beings sucks?

      • Ailu on 01/04/2016 at 6:56 pm
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      What is the problem? Not involve animal suffering.We reject what is animal exploitation, and restaurant meals do NOT involve animal exploitation. So…

      • Chrismarie on 01/04/2016 at 8:52 pm
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      Hi Wendy,

      The reason I stopped eating meat was not because I did not like meat. I stopped because of the torture the animals face in mass quantities. With that, this is also going to attract meat eaters. A meat eater is definitely more likely to give this a try before they would even consider trying a block of Tofu. This is not just geared towards vegans. A company like this could change the way a lot of people eat.

        • Rachel Adams on 01/05/2016 at 10:12 am
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        As a current meat eater, I agree with you full heartedly. These products look geared towards people like me, who want meat but not suffering. 🙂

      • Wendy on 01/04/2016 at 9:42 pm
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      You’re right, it kind of does. Some people are vegan for animals, some for health, some for both. People some times still have the desire to eat meat products, without the harm to the animals or the ill effects it does to their bodies. My husband loves faux meat and cheese products, he’s in it for the health more-so than the animals.

      • ben deagan on 01/04/2016 at 11:02 pm
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      Your probably making uneducated assumtions. There are many different reasons why people go veagan. My reason would be health, but meat so far has been a temtation too hard for me to avoid. If there was a convincing substitute id be all in.

    • opal on 01/03/2016 at 1:41 am
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    Is any of them gluten free?

    1. Yes, I could use such things that don’t have wheat to make them chewy. Tofurky doesn’t so… sigh.

    • Hope on 01/03/2016 at 3:43 am
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    I will definitely be ordering!

    • Maryann on 01/03/2016 at 5:30 am
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    • L on 01/03/2016 at 11:24 am
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    Wow this looks amazing! Will you deliver to the UK?

    • Corey on 01/03/2016 at 12:36 pm
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    Thank you for raising awareness and providing alternative meat and dairy choices to make going vegan spread The world over for the sake of healther human lifes, honoring all animals & saving our planet.

    • toni harrison-kahn on 01/03/2016 at 1:19 pm
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    would love to see this in England….Brighton on the South Coast where I live….

    • ROBERTO DI GREGORIO on 01/03/2016 at 3:41 pm
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    • Ninette Taylor. on 01/03/2016 at 6:18 pm
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    What happens to all the animals that are then not slaughtered for food if we become vegans? Do they breed freely, do they fight for survival if there is not enough food for them to forage on their own? I eat meat but also enjoy vegetarian meals or vegan if my brother cooks one for me.

      • Mia on 01/04/2016 at 3:41 am
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      Ninette, the animals being held in captivity are being bred at unnaturally high numbers to keep up with the unnaturally high demand for animal products. With less demand for meat, the demand for this unnatural breeding would diminish slowly as well. We have not existed in a “normal” state of raising animals to live off of for a very long time…

      • Seitan on 01/04/2016 at 4:17 am
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      Fuck you get outta here with that ignorant bullshit. You think you give their lives meaning by eating them and supporting the enslavement and torture and murder of them? Fuck yourself with a chainsaw bitch

        • Respect Eachother on 01/06/2016 at 2:40 am
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        Obviously your morals and ethics dont extend to communicating with people respectfully. Hate this sort of misogynistic degrading response.

        • snorklesnorg on 01/28/2016 at 2:34 pm
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        Wow, WTF. And then people wonder why vegan men have a reputation for hating women. And I say this as a vegan myself.

          • judge much? on 02/16/2016 at 4:42 pm
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          How do you even know Seitan is a male? I have never heard of vegan men having a reputation for hating women. That’s rubbish. I am Vegan and I am male. I love women. Maybe the vegan in you hates men instead.

      • dave on 01/04/2016 at 2:41 pm
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      the majority of farmed animals are incapable of breeding by themselves.

      nope, they’ve been inbred & genetically fouled to the point where they need human / mechanical assistance to reproduce & even give birth at all.

      of course, all that’s just “natural”…

      • Ailu on 01/04/2016 at 6:58 pm
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      It’s simple: like any other food product, the animal products run on “supply and demand”. If there is no demand, they are not produced. End

      • Christine on 01/04/2016 at 11:55 pm
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      Ninette, there are so many animals because humans gluttonously breed them to excessive numbers for slaughter. Humans need to stop breeding other species merely for their enjoyment.

    • Kenneisha on 01/03/2016 at 7:16 pm
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    Hope to see one in Chicago!

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    • Ian on 01/04/2016 at 1:35 am
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    I don’t miss meats or any of that stuff but I DO love veggie protein concoctions.

    • Ketan manibhai on 01/04/2016 at 1:48 am
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  2. Wow, that is a new thing. Let’s hope they become a chain, a very big a dominant chain, so that people find it easy to replace their meat of killed animals with meat of plants.

    • Brad Arnold on 01/04/2016 at 7:23 am
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    I live in St Louis Park, just a few miles from your shop! I can’t believe my luck. What a magnificent idea. Hope you are considering franchising it!

    • Karen Jenkins on 01/04/2016 at 1:16 pm
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    Please come to sw florida!

  3. Any Gluten Free options?

    • Tina on 01/04/2016 at 11:36 pm
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    Can’t wait!!!! I’m excited to try your products! 😍

    • Bernie on 01/05/2016 at 6:48 pm
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    Thank you! This is a dream come true!

    • al smith on 01/06/2016 at 8:52 am
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    why do vegans want things that taste like things they abhor? Vegans sadly want the end to domestic animals.. You cannot have a vegan cat as a pet. That would be cruelty. If no one eats chicken , eggs or meat or dairy we will have no need for any domestic animals at all. Why would a vegan keep a domestic animal . so if you want the extinction of all domestic animals.. plus the end of many things we use every day .. support veganism.. if not continue to know that the world will be a much sadder place without domestic animals.

      • whaaaaa on 02/16/2016 at 4:45 pm
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      I pity you for your lack of logic.

    • Nathan on 01/06/2016 at 1:05 pm
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    Many vegans DO NOT want to eat meat for health reasons, they can care less about cruelty to the animal. They just choose to live healthier, and meat-free is one of their options.

      • whaaaaa on 02/16/2016 at 4:46 pm
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      Guess again. MANY, MANY, MANY Vegans are first and foremost Vegans BECAUSE OF ANIMALS.
      You can’t be more wrong on this point. Show me 10 Vegans and easily 9.5 of them turned Vegan because of ethical reasons.

    • Christi on 01/06/2016 at 3:19 pm
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    Come on down to the Piedmont of North Carolina!!

    • Benjamen S. Long on 01/08/2016 at 5:09 am
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    Help me to understand the fascination with “look-alike” foods. I understand the “Vegan” preference, but do NOT understand the desire for “manufactured identity” (designed to suggest equality); especially when it comes to food. What in the world is a Vegan “butcher” (one who prepares MEAT). I’m curious (smile).

      • Lynda Whittaker on 01/12/2016 at 9:36 am
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      It is not that vegans do not like the taste of meat and all the yummy things made with it like burgers and hot dogs etc. It is that we wish to do no harm to animals. Therefore, coming up with yummy foods that do no harm is the best of all worlds.

    • Lynda Whittaker on 01/12/2016 at 9:34 am
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    THis is very exciting for the vegan world and for those interested in exploring an animal free dietl.
    I did, however, read last year of another vegan butcher shop opening in Europe. None-the-less…the more the merrier. THis is a move in the right direction.

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