Impossible Foods Launches “Beef Lite”

Today Impossible Foods expanded its plant-based meat portfolio with a leaner version of its flagship Impossible Beef product: Impossible Beef Lite.

impossible beef lite According to a press release, Impossible Beef Lite is designed to be better than lean ground animal beef, featuring 21 grams of protein, no trans fat or cholesterol, and 75% less saturated fat as well as 45% less total fat than 90/10 lean beef from cows. The nutrient-packed product is also a good source of fiber, iron, B vitamins, zinc, and potassium while featuring 33% less sodium than a competitor’s plant-based beef product.

“Impossible Beef Lite tastes, cooks and satisfies like lean ground animal beef, and makes for a flavorful, high-protein addition to numerous dishes like tacos, chilis, stir-frys, soups, and classic lasagna”, says Impossible.
“And like all Impossible Beef products, Impossible Beef Lite is a better choice for the planet than lean ground beef from cows — amounting to a fraction of the land use, water consumption, and greenhouse gas emissions.”
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After 3 Years of Development, OCHO Candy Perfects Vegan Caramel

When OCHO Candy started work on their plant-based caramel formula, they had no idea it would take them over 3 years to perfect.

“We had no clue what we were getting ourselves into,” said Pat Rebro, the company’s Research & Development lead. “All we knew was that vegan and dairy-free consumers deserved a better caramel experience, and we weren’t going to stop tinkering until we found a vegan alternative that tasted like traditional caramel.”

3 years and dozens of recipes later, OCHO Candy’s new line of plant-based caramels is finally hitting shelves. The line – which contains Classic, Cinnamon, Coffee, and Chocolate flavors – fills a snappy dark chocolate shell with gooey caramel to create an indulgent bite-sized treat.
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Hershey Announces Nationwide Launch of Vegan Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Hershey’s Chocolate Bars

The Hershey Company announced in a press release that their new Reese’s Plant-Based Peanut Butter Cups is launching nationwide this month.

hershey plant-basedThe company also announced the forthcoming launch of Hershey’s Plant Based Extra Creamy with Almonds and Sea Salt, which will have a nationwide rollout in April. Both products are made using oat milk.

The vegan peanut butter cups will contain sugar, peanuts, cocoa butter, chocolate, oat flour, rice flour, dextrose and contains 2% or less of sea salt, soy lechitin, natural flavor and rosemary extract. The two cups (39 grams) contain 210 calories, 14 grams of fat, 15 grams of sugar and 3 grams of protein.
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Global Dairy Alternative Market Valued at $22 Billion, Anticipated to Grow to $61 Billion by 2029

According to a new report by Fortune Business Insights, the global market for dairy alternatives is valued at an eye-opening $22.25 billion.

Even more eye-opening is the report’s prediction that this number will almost triple by 2029, growing to $61.43 billion. This would be a compound annual growth rate of 13.58% between 2022 and 2029.

“The market is anticipated to grow significantly over the forecast period due to rising concerns for processed dairy products and increasing lactose intolerant population”, states the report. “Furthermore, product innovation strategies implemented by the leading market players are expected to fuel the market growth. Also, the rising consumption of vegan food and increasing veganism are expected to bolster the market during the forecast period.”
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Increasing Healthy Plant-Based Foods and Reducing Animal Products is Associated With a Lower Risk of Osteoporosis

A new study published by the journal Osteoporosis International has found that older adults “consume more healthy plant foods and reduce the consumption of animal foods and unhealthy plant foods, which was associated with a lower risk of osteoporosis.”

Titled Association of plant-based dietary patterns with the risk of osteoporosis in community-dwelling adults over 60 years: a cross-sectional study, the research was conducted by investigators from China Medical University, and it was epublished by the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

The study found that “A higher PDI was associated with higher bone mineral density (BMD) in older adults. In logistic regression models, the highest quartile of PDI and HPDI had a significantly lower risk of osteoporosis than the lowest quartile, whereas UPDI in the highest quartile was associated with a higher risk of osteoporosis.”
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Vitalite Plant-Based Cheese Now Available at Over 5,000 Stores

Plant-based cheese brand Vitalite is expanding its distribution to more than 5,000 retailers in the U.S., including Albertsons, ACME, Safeway and Harris Teeter locations.

The vegan-certified, dairy-free cheese launched in 2022 and its presence has grown rapidly since then. In a recent consumer survey by Wakefield Research for Vitalite, 68% of Americans report having tried a plant-based alternative, while nearly a third (31%) of Americans use a plant-based substitute for meat, cheese or dairy products in an average of eight meals a week.

“As a dairy company, we knew our cheese expertise could deliver a plant-based alternative that lives up to cheese expectations,” said David Cherrie, Saputo USA Vice President, Marketing and Innovation. “With ongoing retail distribution expansion, we look forward to continuing to bring Vitalite to consumers across the country.”
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Starbucks Germany Announces End to Vegan Milk Surcharge

Starbucks Germany has announced that they will no longer levy an additional charge for customers wanting to replace animal-milk with plant-based milk in their drinks.

“Change is in the air—after years of pressure from PETA and PETA Germany supporters, Starbucks Germany is ending its vegan milk surcharge!”, PETA announced in a post on their website. “Compassionate coffee lovers across Germany can now enjoy a Starbucks drink that’s better for animals, the environment, and their own health without being charged extra for oat, almond, soy, or coconut milk.”

In 2022, Starbucks France and Starbucks U.K. also dropped the surcharge, and other stories in China, India, and elsewhere offer dairy-free options at no additional cost.
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Plant-Based Mozzarella Sticks by Farm Rich Launch Nationwide at Kroger and Walmart

Plant-Based Mozzarella Sticks made by Farm Rich have launched nationwide at thousands of Kroger and Walmart locations.

Plant-Based Mozzarella Sticks

Farm Rich, which is one of the leading distributors of non-vegan cheese sticks, announced that it has expanded its “”Garden Inspirations” line of plant-based snacks and appetizers by launching Plant-Based Mozzarella Style Sticks. Farm Rich also offers meatless meatballs as well as breaded cauliflower bites and zucchini sticks.

“Inspired by our world-famous mozzarella sticks and your desire for a plant-based alternative that doesn’t taste like cardboard”, states the company’s website. “Comes with marinara dipping sauce and amazing flavor without the dairy.”
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