Washington D.C. Gets its First All-Vegan Cheese Shop

DC Vegan, a plant-based bar, delicatessen and full-service catering company, has expanded to offer the district’s first-ever all-vegan cheese shop.

According to Executive Chef Marquis, The Cheese Shop is located in the deli on the second floor of the Dupont Circle-area restaurant, and will offer a large and rotating variety of artisanal vegan cheeses. Some of the options include Truffle Hound by Reine Cuisine, Sun Dried Tomato & Herb Fromage by Rebel Cheese, and Mozz Wedges and Double Cream Brie by Bandit. The goal is to offer a plethora of vegan cheeses from around the country.

“We have carefully curated each of our new cheese vendors and couldn’t be happier with the selection,” says co-owner and CEO Leah Curran Moon. “The flavor and texture of our cheeses are beyond any other vegan cheeses I’ve ever had.”
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Kraft Heinz Co. Announces Launch of Vegan Cheese Slices

Kraft Heinz Co. has announced a partnership with NotCo that will see them launch vegan cheese slices in select markets next month.

Kraft Heinz Co. and Jeff Bezo-backed NotCo have announced that starting next month in 30 supermarkets in the Cleveland, Ohio the pair will launch vegan “Not Cheese”. The slices will come in three flavors: American, provolone and cheddar. The duo also announced the forthcoming release of vegan mayo, though no specific date was set for the release.

“Sometimes to be more effective and more efficient you have to bring partners to help you on the journey,” said Kraft Heinz Chief Executive Officer Miguel Patricio about why they decided to partner with NotCo.
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Beyond Meat Announces Nationwide Launch of Beyond Steak

Beyond Meat today announced the nationwide launch of Beyond Steak, “a new innovation designed to deliver the juicy, tender and delicious bite of seared steak tips with the added nutritional and environmental benefits of plant-based meat.”

Beyond Steak is launching at Kroger and Walmart stores nationwide, as well as at select Albertsons and Ahold divisions and other retailers across the country, Beyond Meat said in a press release.

“As the brand continues to popularize plant-based meat through a portfolio of industry-leading products, Beyond Meat enables consumers to eat the foods they love without having to compromise on taste, nutrition or sustainability”, says the press release. “Seared to perfection and chopped into bite-sized pieces, Beyond Steak provides a flavorful and satisfying experience for meat lovers and flexitarians alike. Packed with 21 grams of protein per serving, Beyond Steak delivers the tender bite and savory taste consumers crave while offering nutritional benefits, including being low in saturated fat and having 0 mg of cholesterol with no added antibiotics or hormones.”
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Study: Healthy Plant-Based Diets “Significantly Increase Sperm Density and Motility”

Plant-based diets can “significantly increase sperm density and motility in men”, and is “related to a lower risk of sperm volume deficiency”, according to a new study published in the peer-reviewed International Journal of Fertility and Sterility.

“Infertility is a major clinical problem that affects people psychologically and medically”, states the study’s abstract. “For the past 40 years, studies have linked nearly 50% of childlessness to male infertility. It is worth noting that unlike other factors contributing to infertility, diet is a tunable factor and can be applied in counseling infertile men. ”

The goal of this study “was to determine the relationship between plant diet index (PDI) and semen parameters in Iranian infertile men.”
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PETA UK Announces the Winners of the Vegan Food Awards 2022

PETA UK has announced the winners of the 2022 Vegan Food Awards with categories ranging from best vegan pizza to best vegan doughnuts.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of PETA’s Vegan Food Awards. “Supermarkets, producers, and restaurants are meeting the growing demand for exciting animal- and planet-friendly fare, proving just how much the market has grown since we launched the Vegan Food Awards a decade ago”, says PETA UK. “This year’s winners are more diverse and delicious than ever, but each time someone selects these vegan foods, the real winners are the animals.”

Here are the winners of the Vegan Food Awards 2022:
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Study: Plant-Based Diets “Contribute to Lower Circulating Leptin in Healthy Subjects”

A new study “indicates the health-promoting properties of plant diets, by influencing circulating leptin.”

Leptin’s molecular structure.

The study was published in Acta Biochimica Polonica, which is the Journal of the Polish Biochemical Society and of the Committee of Biochemistry and Biophysics Polish Academy of Sciences.

“Much research has shown how important role leptin – a hormone secreted by adipose tissue – plays in the regulation of human body weight, mainly due to its appetite-decreasing effects”, states the study. “Under the conditions of energy balance, leptin is an indicator of the amount of triglycerides stored in adipose tissue. In contrast, in a state of hunger or overeating, it acts as an energy balance sensor, and when its level is too high, it fails to reduce food intake, disturbing maintenance of the proper body mass.”
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Impossible Foods Opens Two Concession Stands at Seattle’s Climate Pledge Arena

Seattle’s Climate Pledge Arena, home to the NHL’s Seattle Kraken and the WNBA’s Seattle Storm, now has two concession stands operated by Impossible Foods.

In sections 11 and 12 of the arena guests will find two separate Impossible concession stands, offering up items such as Impossible Burgers, Impossible Chicken Nuggets, Impossible Korean BBQ Beef Bowls and Impossible Meatball Submarines. Although unfortunately none of the cheese offered is vegan, the items can be purchased with the cheese removed.

In addition to serving as the home for the Seattle Kraken and WNBA team Seattle Storm, the arena serves as an event space for the sports industry.
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Japanese Airlines All Nippon Airways Introduces New Vegan Offerings

Starting November 1st All Nippon Airways will introduce new vegan and vegetarian offerings on international flights departing Japan.

The new menus have been created by award-winning chef Hideki Takayama, who is a member of the airline’s The Connoisseurs program, in collaboration with ANA chefs. The meals will be available to all passengers, regardless of cabin, but reservations must be made at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled departure time via the ANA website or telephone.

The vegan menu features appetizers of cauliflower and tofu mousse with vegetable gelée, and spring roll with Tonburi dressing, with a green curry and five grain rice as a main course.
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