Beyond’s Meatless Chicken arrives on KFC and other vegan food news of the week

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It seems that every week in the vegan food news world is more exciting than last and this week is no exception. This week’s headlines have been dominated by fast food chains, and for good reason: KFC is finally serving vegan chicken at its US locations; Burger King has just launched vegan chicken nuggets across the UK; and Domino’s UK is celebrating Veganuary with the launch of Vegan PepperoNAY, its first plant-based pepperoni pizza. With a new person signing up for Veganuary every 2.5 seconds, a very vegan start begins this January. Read on for more.

KFC is adding meatless chicken nationwide

The time has finally come: vegan fried chicken is now available from KFC. After two years of development and several smaller test launches, KFC’s vegan roast chicken is finally available at its 4,000 locations across the country. The new option is being developed in collaboration with Beyond Meat and offers all the taste of KFC’s famous chicken, but without any animal products.

Big news from KFC isn’t the only vegan chicken launch this week. Canadian chicken chain Mary Brown looked at the launch of Lightlife’s vegan tenders, now available à la carte and as part of a “sidekick” sandwich in their 200 stores across Canada, including plant-based chicken. And for Canadians who are in the mood for vegan KFC, the Kentucky-based chain also offers Lightlife vegan chicken products at all 600 locations in Canada.

Over in the UK, KFC’s vegan chicken burger – made with bespoke Quorn patties – was temporarily removed from the menu after the Covid hit. Just in time for the Veganuary, however, KFC has reintroduced the popular vegan chicken burger at its UK locations.

Fast food chains are very important to Veganuary

Speaking of Veganuary, the campaign to get people to try vegan in January and beyond is well underway. This year Veganuary has counted its 2 millionth registration and every 2.5 seconds someone new promises to try the vegan challenge.

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The UK-based campaign is also getting a lot of support this year from fast food chains who have launched items to help Veganuary participants deliver on their plant-based promise. This week, Burger King became the first fast food chain to serve vegan chicken nuggets in the whole of the UK. The new nuggets are courtesy of Burger King’s partner in plant-based foods The Vegetarian Butcher, a Dutch brand owned by Unilever. The new vegan nuggets are part of Burger King’s larger plan to achieve a 50 percent reduction in the animal meat served on the menu by 2030.

Domino’s is also strengthening its Veganuary game this year with the introduction of the vegan PepperoNAY pizzas. It’s the UK’s first vegan pepperoni pizza, the new pork-free pepperoni is also made by The Vegetarian Butcher. The new pizza joins a number of choices at Domino’s UK, including the vegan This Chick-Ain’t Pizza, launched for Veganuary last year.

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And it’s not just the UK that has all the veganuary fun. Chipotle is heavily reliant on plant-based chorizo ​​and added its homemade protein to its 2,700 stores in the US after a brief trial last year. The new spicy vegan chorizo ​​(which is Chipotle’s second vegan protein option next to the Sofritas) is made on a base of pea protein, which gets its heat from a mixture of ancho chillies, chipotle peppers and Spanish smoked peppers.

Philadelphia’s vegan cream cheese is coming to the UK

The influence of Veganuary is reaching the consumer goods sector as well as fast food chains. This year legendary cream cheese brand Philadelphia launched a vegan version of their best-selling cream cheese in Tesco stores across the UK. Made with an oat and almond base, Philadelphia promises that its plant-based cream cheese is just as creamy as the original.

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“With over half a million people attending Veganuary this year, the appetite for plant-based alternatives has never been more evident,” said Louise Stigant, UK Managing Director of Mondelēz International, who owns the Philadelphia brand’s UK subsidiary Statement. “We have worked hard to make sure the new Philadelphia Plant Based truly delivers the same great taste and creaminess that the people of Philadelphia love and expect, and we are delighted that there is now a Philadelphia product for everyone – no bagel or a slice of roasted sourdough will ever have to go without again. “

VegNews reached out to Philadelphia’s US parent company Kraft Heinz to inquire about their plans to launch a vegan cream cheese in the US. Stay tuned!

A vegan Twix copycat? No whey!

Accidentally vegan candy bars are one thing (here’s our complete guide), but sadly, the traditional Twix contains dairy products. However, the chocolate experts from the vegan brand No Whey have just released the clever name “No Tricks”, a fully vegan chocolate bar inspired by the original Twix. The new vegan confection consists of biscuit bars that are coated with sticky caramel and coated with vegan milk chocolate and, like the original, are sold in pairs per pack.

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The No Tricks bars sold out within a few hours of launch, but No Whey is busy filling them up to give customers a taste of the vegan Twix. This week the brand also opened the No Whey Bakery shop in Howell Township, NJ, which sells cookies, breads, baked goods, and other desserts. The shop also doubles as the brand’s retail store, where they also have No Tricks bars for your Twix fix.

But what about vegan ice cream?

If all of this vegan chicken, pepperoni, chorizo, and cheese talk makes you want a little dessert, Cold Stone Creamery is here to help. This week the ice cream chain, which previously sold a variety of sorbets, launched its first vegan ice cream option: Silk Chocolate Almondmilk Frozen Dessert. Cold Stone Creamery is known for its one-of-a-kind ice cream experience, where customers choose a base and mix-ins that a team member folds onto a frozen stone into a bespoke creation. Now those looking for dairy-free options can play too.

Can’t decide on toppings to mix into your vegan Silk ice cream? No fear. Cold Stone Creamery also offers Don’t Cry Over Spilled Silk, a composed vegan ice cream creation with bananas, peanut butter and roasted almonds. Get it now at all 931 Cold Stone locations across the country.

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Oh and Ben & Jerry’s also launched two new vegan flavors this week – Boom Chocolatta and Bananas Foster – making its dairy-free portfolio account for up to 40 percent of its total ice cream business. We bet 2022 will be full of new vegan ice cream options.

For the latest vegan news, read:

Mercedes-Benz New EV halves its CO2 footprint with vegan leather
This year someone new signs up for Veganuary every 2.5 seconds
Domino’s UK has just launched its first vegan pepperoni pizza in 1,200 stores

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