Slutty Vegan Brooklyn, unicorn gummy candies and more weekly vegan food news


It seems that every week in the world of vegan food news is more exciting than the last and this week is no exception. Atlanta-grown chain Slutty Vegan is in the process of “sluttifying” New York City with its first location in Brooklyn. German confectionery brand Katjes is expanding its gelatin-free gummies to new US retailers. And Canadian smoothie chain Booster Juice just got a plant-based boost thanks to Field Roast’s vegan Italian sausage crumbles. Read on for more.

1 Slutty Vegan is expanding to Brooklyn

Entrepreneur and social justice advocate Pinky Cole is building a plant-based empire, one kinky vegan burger at a time. It’s hard to believe that Slutty Vegan has only been around since 2018, as the company is now a true institution that has “sloppied” everyone from Usher to Snoop Dogg to Tyler Perry. The chain has grown steadily and now has four locations in Georgia where people wait hours to try Slutty Vegan’s slutty sauce-covered burgers, plant-based chicken sandwiches and sides.

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This week, Slutty Vegan announced that its first location in New York City is also on the horizon, with plans to open an outpost in Brooklyn this spring. Slutty Vegan Brooklyn is slated to open in the Fort Greene neighborhood and be a homecoming of sorts for Cole, who previously ran a restaurant in Harlem that she sadly lost to a fire. In addition to Brooklyn, Slutty Vegan is planning locations in Birmingham, AL, Baltimore, MD, and other regions.

We’re queuing now because once the news of Slutty Vegan Brooklyn breaks out, it might be a bit (worthwhile) waiting until we get our hands on a Sloppy Toppy, Fussy Hussy, or One Night Stand.

2 Vegan pepperoni pizzas arrive at Rapid Fired

Rapid Fired Pizza boasts that it can get a hot pizza in your hands within 180 seconds. Now the chain is adding new plant-based options to make their ready-made-in-two-minute pizzas even better.

While Rapid Fired already offers vegan mozzarella cheese and other plant-based toppings, this week it turned two of its favorite pizzas into plant-based superstars with the help of vegan pepperoni and Italian sausage crumbles from MorningStar Farms.

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The PBD (Plant-Based Deluxe) consists of MorningStar Farms crumbles, plant-based pepperoni, vegan mozzarella, green peppers, red onions and classic red sauce; while the PepperNoMeat features plant-based pepperoni, vegan mozzarella, and classic red sauce.

“We have always prided ourselves on having quality and tasty ingredients. There was no difference in the selection process for these new toppings,” said Mike Kern, President and CEO of Rapid Fired Pizza, in a statement. “With all the requests we’ve received from the community, it felt right to launch these two new products. We’re excited to expand our already popular plant-based range and encourage all pizza lovers to give plant-based a try.”

The new options are available now through April 15, 2022 at all 31 Rapid Fired Pizza locations in the Midwest, Southeast and Texas.

3 New dairy-free cheese at Sprouts

The only thing better than vegan cheese is more vegan cheese, and this week Grounded Foods’ delicious dairy-free creations are arriving at 364 Sprouts stores nationwide. Founded in 2019 by Australian duo Veronica Fil and Shaun Quade (an award-winning chef), Grounded Foods uses a proprietary fermentation process to create realistic vegan cheeses using imperfect cauliflower and proteins and fats found in hemp.

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“That’s the taste for us. That’s paramount in everything we do,” Fil said in a statement. “We firmly believe that it is possible to satisfy people’s cravings for milk cheese with existing, natural and untapped plant resources – that is, with substances that come from the ground.”

The brand currently makes three vegan products: hemp seed cream cheese, hemp seed goat cheese, and a cheese-free cheese squeeze-on sauce. In addition to Sprouts, Grounded Foods cheeses are available at Whole Foods, Bristol Farms, Gelson’s, Harmon’s, Festival Foods and Pete’s Fresh Market.

4 Gelatin-free gummies galore

German gummy candy brand Katjes has been working to replace animal gelatin (made from cooked connective tissue of pig or cow bones, ligaments, and tendons) with a plant-based substitute (which doesn’t contain any of that gross stuff). The brand’s palm-free gummies arrived in the US in 2021 via Walgreens, where they come in a variety of packs featuring shapes like unicorns, fairies and hearts.


Currently, the convenience chain carries Katjes gummies in a variety of Rainbow, Sour, and Love & Stars packs (a patriotic nod to their US debut). In 2022, Katjes is working to expand its range of vegan gummy bears with a new innovation to be announced at Sweets & Snacks Expo 2022 in May. This week Katjes announced that it is also expanding to other US retailers outside of Walgreens.

5 Plant-based paninis arrive at Booster Juice

This week, Canada’s largest juice and smoothie chain Booster Juice got a plant-based menu boost with the addition of Field Roast’s vegan Italian sausage crumbles. The 410-location chain is now serving two dishes made with the new plant-based garlic-fennel sausage: Italian Crumble Plant-Nini (vegan sausage, mixed peppers, onions, spinach and pesto, served on a grilled focaccia flatbread ) and Italian Crumble Plant Wrap (which has the same fillings as the Plant-Nini but is served in a grilled tortilla wrap).

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“Booster Juice is excited to partner with plant-based industry leader Field Roast to introduce new products to our healthy food menu,” said Dale Wishewan, President and CEO of Booster Juice, in a statement. “We know our customers have come to Booster Juice for our quality products, and this addition aligns perfectly with our other premium offerings.”

6 Burger King UK’s new vegan options

Burger King has invested heavily in adding plant-based options to its menus worldwide following the launch of the Impossible Burger in its US locations in 2019. Plant-based options such as Rebel Whopper, Meatless Nuggets and Vegan Royale have also grown steadily at Burger King UK in recent years. So much so that Alasdair Murdoch, CEO of Burger King UK, says plant-based products will steadily displace meat-based options, resulting in Burger King UK’s menu being 50 per cent plant-based by 2031.

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On March 8th, Burger King UK is expanding its vegan menu with two new Japanese-inspired options: the Katsu Vegan Royale (which includes a breaded vegan chicken patty, katsu sauce, pickled slaw, crispy onions and vegan mayonnaise) and the Katsu Plant – Chili Base Whopper (made with two meatless patties, chili sauce, crispy onions, pickled slaw and katsu curry sauce). Like most fast food restaurants, Burger King UK cooks its vegan products on shared equipment.

“We know that katsu curry is one of the nation’s most popular flavors, so we can’t wait for people to try these twists on our classic Whopper and Royale,” said Katie Evans, Burger King UK’s chief marketing officer, in an explanation. “We promise new specials with maximum flavor, with vegan and vegetarian options that taste almost identical.”

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