Gelatin-free Starburst hits the market and more vegan food news of the week


It seems that every week in the vegan eating world is more exciting than the last and this week is no exception. While the details are still a secret, it looks like Starburst will be offering gummy bear fans a gelatin-free option in the coming months. Speaking of sweet treats: TCHO is giving up to become a fully vegan company. In Asia, Noble Foods – a vegan meat company founded by meat industry veterans – is giving China a taste of its plant-based dried meat, and the giant chain Café de Coral spoils its guests with a vegan version of the classic dish Pork Claypot Rice thanks to OmniFood’s popular vegan Pork meat. Read on for more.

1Gelatin-free starburst is on the way

Staburst was developed in the UK in 1960 and does not contain gelatin made from collagen in animal bones. While this may sound like a gross thing for your candy, Starburst has never offered a gelatin-free version of its candy in the United States. But that may change soon.

This week, Starburst captured its Instagram stories with a photo that stopped us on our lanes. A small pink bag labeled “Plant Based Gummies” with classic orange, lemon, cherry and strawberry flavors. While we wait to hear from parent company Mars Wrigley, we can’t help but wonder: is vegan pink strawberry chews next?

2 TCHO is going vegan

The chocolate brand TCHO is made with dairy products and will completely dispense with animal products by 2023 in order to set a new standard in the artisanal chocolate industry. Its professional products, used by bakeries and restaurants across the country, will be phasing out dairy products even faster in 2022. Instead of using dairy products, which have a large carbon footprint compared to their plant-based counterparts, TCHO will focus on new bases like cashew butter and oat milk. TCHO presents its vegan innovation in six new bars that will eventually replace its range of milk chocolate.


“Reducing our reliance on dairy products is one of the fastest ways TCHO can reduce our impact on the environment,” said Josh Mohr, TCHO’s vice president of marketing, in a statement. “While this won’t be an easy transition for us, we know it’s the right one.”

To sweeten the business, TCHO’s packaging is now fully recyclable and is made from 100 percent waste paper and certified compostable film.

3 Treeline is made in vegan goat cheese

Treeline launched its French-inspired vegan cheese business in New York’s Hudson Valley in 2011 and continues innovation in the category with the recent introduction of vegan goat cheese. Now we’d be content with just a plain old vegan goat cheese – since readily available options are few and far between – but Treeline gave the three of us. A simple and versatile original, the herbaceous garlic & basil and a fruity blueberry.


Treeline’s goat cheeses are made from ethically sound cashew nuts from Brazil that are ground into a cream and then fermented to create deep and complex flavors.

Treeline’s vegan goat cheese is now available on its own website and should appear in stores in spring 2022.

4th OmniFoods vegan Pork Claypot Rice comes to Café de Coral

This week, an iconic dish has been given a vegan makeover thanks to a partnership between two Hong Kong companies: the plant-based food tech company OmniFoods and the popular restaurant chain Café de Coral. The duo worked together to prepare the dish, trading pork for plant-based pork (OmniPork). The result is a delicious dish that does no harm to animals or the planet.


“The unprecedented collaboration marks two local Hong Kong brands bringing to market an authentic Hong Kong-style dish that has been very well received by customers and is another milestone for our group,” said OmniFoods founder David Yeung in a statement . “We share the mission to promote sustainability, to lead a revolutionary change in the market … We are anxious to start further collaborations with OmniFoods products in order to pamper customers with plant-based delicacies and at the same time tackle environmental crises together.”

Find the new vegan dish in more than 160 Café de Coral locations across Hong Kong.

5 Noble Foods’ vegan dried meat ends up in China

The Urbani family produced meat products for 50 years until CEO Claudio Urbani realized that feeding a growing world population with animal products was unsustainable. Founded in 2018, Noble Foods now makes tempeh-based vegan jerky that draws on half a century of experience in the meat industry. The vegan jerky has since been available at various retailers and has expanded to Walmart locations across Canada.


This week Noble Foods expanded the distribution of its plant-based dried meat to serve the ever-growing vegan population of China – where there are more vegans than the entire population of Australia. Noble Foods vegan jerky is now available at 36 Sam’s Club locations.

“Our desire to make plant-based protein snacks available to everyone reflects this new expansion – and it will hardly be our last,” said Jordan Urbani, co-founder of Noble Foods, in a statement. “Noble Core Mission is helping our local and global communities live better, healthier lives – today we would like to express our special thanks to Sam’s Club China. Together we will make vegans accessible and effortless for everyone in the country. “

6th Beyond Meat just got meatier in a new way

And for the last vegan news this week, we’ve got something meaty. The two newest C-suite members of Beyond Meat – one of the key companies driving the plant-based revolution – are Doug Ramsey and Bob Adcock. Who are Doug and Bernie, you ask? You worked for a small company called Tyson for 30 years. Both executives bring decades of knowledge to Beyond Meat and will help it grow worldwide.


Also, it turns out that Ramsey was President of Tyson’s McDonald’s business, and it’s no coincidence that Beyond Meat is currently partnering with the fast food giant to develop plant-based menu items under its McPlant platform. We love it!

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