It seems that every week in the world of vegan food news is more exciting than the last and this week is no exception. The summer shines The much closer with Trader Joe’s new oatmilk-based vegan ice cream sandwiches. Vegan chicken continues to dominate headlines and store shelves, including the launch of new brand CHKN Not Chicken this week in more than 350 Sprouts stores across the country. And everyone’s favorite food, pizza, gets an eco-friendly makeover thanks to Unilever brand Knorr. Read on for more.
1 Trader Joe’s oat milk ice cream sandwiches
When it comes to dairy-free ice cream, we’ve got plenty to choose from these days, but a new frozen treat at Trader Joe’s is always a welcome addition to the arsenal. New to the freezer section this week are Vanilla Oat Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert Sandwiches, an everyday treat.
“Each sandwich is made with sweetened, vanilla-flavored frozen oat drink sandwiched between two deliciously soft chocolate wafer cookies to deliver that satisfying feeling in every bite that saved a long day,” says Trader Joe’s of its new vegan ice cream sandwiches. It sounds like Trader Joe’s saying we should have one (or all six in the pack) every day, and who are we to disagree with?
The new oat milk sandwiches join Trader Joe’s other vegan ice cream options including the delightful Hold the Dairy! Mini Coconut Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert Cones, which the chain launched last year to critical acclaim.
2 New vegan chicken at Sprouts
Trader Joe’s isn’t the only supermarket chain expanding its vegan offerings. This week, a new vegan chicken line landed in more than 350 Sprouts stores across the country. CHKN Not Chicken is made by a group of flexitarians to help omnivores eat less meat, and vegans can play too, as the line is entirely plant-based.
CHKN Not chicken
Available in the freezer, CHKN Not Chicken comes in four flavors: Naked CHKN (Original), Zen CHKN (Asian Spices and Ginger), Fiesta CHKN (Mexican Spices and Citrus), and BBQ CHKN (a sweet and savory BBQ flavor). exclusive to Sprouts)
“We are extremely excited to partner with Sprouts to bring our delicious plant-based chicken to consumers across the country,” said Brian Pope, co-founder and CEO of CHKN Not Chicken, in a statement. “Our mission to help consumers live healthier, more sustainable lives by eating less meat aligns perfectly with Sprouts’ commitment to wellness-centric products. We are excited to join them as innovators in the food industry.”
3 More vegan chicken please
This week, Singapore-based startup Next Gen Foods raised a whopping $100 million in investment capital to launch its vegan chicken brand TiNDLE in restaurants everywhere. Founded by two meat industry vets, the company aims to reduce humanity’s dependence on animal husbandry with its delicious vegan chicken. TiNDLE is made with just nine ingredients and contains “Lipi”, a plant-based approximation of chicken fat that ensures the plant-based meat tastes and cooks like real meat.
While the brand already has a presence in 200 restaurants near its home country, the new funding will help TiNDLE gain a foothold in additional markets, including the United States. Coming to restaurants in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia and more this week, the new vegan chicken gives chefs a chance to showcase TiNDLE’s chicken-like qualities.
Back home in Singapore, Next Gen Foods is working on opening a massive R&D facility and aims to bring TiNDLE to the UK and Germany in 2022.
4 Nooch, but make it flavored
Nutritional yeast, affectionately known as “Nooch,” is the secret ingredient to a joyful vegan life, and Bragg Live Food Products (“Bragg’s”) has been a popular brand for years. These days, many brands have discovered the cheesy goodness of Nooch, including our friend Trader Joe’s (who offers a custom label pouch at a pretty good price).
While there’s nothing wrong with Nooch’s classic cheese flavor, Bragg’s knows that variety is the spice of life. That’s why the brand is stepping up its nooch game with the release of the first flavored nutritional yeast to the US market. Bragg’s Nutritional Yeast with Roasted Garlic and Smokey BBQ joins the original on store shelves across the country this week.
Bragg live feed products
“We couldn’t be more excited to introduce our flavored nutritional yeast seasoning,” Bragg CEO Linda Boardman said in a statement. “As we continue to evolve the way we deliver a daily dose of wellness, we saw an opportunity to innovate and expand our best-selling nutritional yeast.”
Classic Nooch adds a hit of protein, B12 and cheesy flavor to everything from popcorn to potatoes, and these flavored versions will take movie night to the next level.
5 Eco-friendly pizza
Unilever brand Knorr celebrates World Eat for Good Day (February 19) by launching Plizza, an eco-friendly pizza. On Saturday, a limited number of Plizzas will be available for delivery by Knorr partners in six cities across the United States (Chicago), Mexico, Indonesia, South Africa, Thailand and China. For those who miss the opportunity to try, gnarled shares a recipe for his plant-based pizza that you can make at home.
75 percent of what people eat is made up of just 12 plant and five animal species, and animal husbandry is responsible for the bulk of food-related greenhouse gas emissions. For these reasons, Knorr created the vegan pizza that highlights Future 50 Foods, a diverse collection of plant-based foods identified as more environmentally friendly, like spinach, watercress, and spelt.
“On World Eat for Good Day, we want to help everyone understand the impact our food system is having on our planet and our health, and offer a delicious way to make a positive change,” said Dorothy Shaver, Global Food Sustainability Director at Unilever in a statement. “Knorr is committed to helping everyone eat a greater variety of plants that are grown in a sustainable and regenerative way for our health and the health of the planet.”
People eat around five billion pizzas every year and with this campaign, Unilever hopes more of them will be plant-based and eco-friendly.
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