It seems that every week in the world of vegan food news is more exciting than the last and this week is no exception. After his shark tank Everything Legendary goes full steam ahead and expands into vegan chicken with the introduction of Dragon Wyngz. The Louisville Vegan Jerky Company takes on salad toppers with their new line of Bacon, Pepperoni and Fiesta Bits. And have you heard the furor in the UK over Cathedral City’s new vegan cheddar? Read on for more.
1Vegan “dragon” wings
In 2021, Black-led vegan meat brand Everything Legendary raised $300,000 from Mark Cuban shark tank to fund the expansion of its burgers and grounds. What has the company been up to since then? Nothing short of legendary.
Within 24 hours of the shark tank Aired the episode, Everything Legendary sold $250,000 worth of vegan burgers and aimed for retail expansion. Now, the company is expanding beyond vegan beef with its first plant-based chicken offering: Dragon Wyngz. Everything Legendary’s new vegan wings come in three flavors, including super flavorful Scorchin Bites.
“You don’t have to sacrifice flavor and fun when you go vegan,” Duane Cheers, co-founder of Everything Legendary, said in a statement. “If you’re missing those flavorful chicken wings, our Wyngz will satisfy that craving with all your senses – the look, smell and taste won’t disappoint. Like our burgers, these Wyngz are legendary!”
The new Dragon Wyngz are available at the Sprouts Farmers Market.
2Louisville Vegan Jerky comes in chunks of bacon
In 2012, Stanley Chase III had a happy accident in his kitchen when he overcooked some barbecue soy protein. When he tasted it, he found that the meaty protein had turned into vegan jerky and thus the Louisville Vegan Jerky Company was born. Fast forward a decade and the brand’s vegan jerky is available in a variety of flavors at retailers nationwide. But Chase isn’t done innovating yet.
This week, Louisville launched a line of vegan jerky salad toppers at Sprouts Farmers Market locations. The Louisville Vegan Toppins line features three meaty flavors: Bacon Bits, Pepperoni Bits, and Taco Fiesta Bits.
Louisville Vegan Jerky Company
“The salad toppings section of grocery stores is kind of a bummer, especially for vegan options,” Chase said in a statement. “We noticed a huge white space in the grocery store for bits and pieces, toppings and everything like that. We are very excited to bridge this gap and bring our handcrafted snacks to a larger community of Sprouts consumers.”
3Gotham Greens comes in vegan dips?
Speaking of salads, New York’s Gotham Greens — a B Corp that grows tender leafy lettuce that uses fewer resources than traditional farms — is launching their first line of dips to complement their existing line of salad dressings…which pair perfectly with their greens .
With global cuisine in mind, Gotham Greens infused each dip with a little green to create floury flavors: herbaceous green goddess, creamy spinach and artichoke, garlicky tzatziki, and spicy green harissa.
“Our team is thrilled to introduce four popular dips in an innovative, plant-packed and dairy-free format that meets consumers where they are with a fresh option they’ll reach for every time,” Viraj Puri, Co-Founder and CEO of Gotham Greens, said in a statement. “Gotham Greens remains focused on providing consumers with the best tasting and best flavored fresh foods in this category.”
Gotham Greens found that while plant-based products account for just 2 percent of the dips & spreads category, they are driving the category’s growth by 24 times the overall category — leaving plenty of room for new entrants to serve consumers.
Our new expansion into plant-based dips serves consumers in a whole new way and speaks to the cooking and dining trends we’ve seen over the past few years,” he said. “Dips are one of the most popular snack foods for their versatility and delicious taste, but as consumers evolve their dietary habits to reflect a more plant-based and flexible lifestyle, the category hasn’t kept pace with the introduction of delicious plant-based options to the market.”
Gotham Greens’ new dips ($6.99 each) are launching at Whole Foods Markets, FrehDirect and other retailers this month.
4SAMBAZON becomes tropical
If you fancy bringing a touch of summer into fall, açaí brand SAMBAZON has just the thing: two new tropical flavors of their ready-to-eat bowls.
The new Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowl is designed to support gut health. It’s the first not to contain Samazon’s signature açaí, instead being packed with a prebiotic blend of red dragon fruit and toasted coconut flakes. Mango Passion Fruit Açaí Bowl contains mango, açaí and a passion fruit blend with a coconut flake topping and is designed to support immunity.
“We’re excited to continue to innovate in the freezer space with the expansion of our line of ready-to-eat, pre-mixed bowls,” SAMBAZON co-founder Ryan Black said in a statement. “As consumers search for convenient, healthy and accessible meal alternatives, we’re excited to share the delicious powers of açaí and the exotic taste of dragon fruit, while providing consumers with what they’re looking for.”
Both shells are available from various retailers such as Wegmans, Stater Bros and Publix. The Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowl is also arriving at Costco locations in Los Angeles, while the Mango Passion Fruit Açaí Bowl is heading to Walmart in October.
5Britain’s vegan cheese craze
Have you checked out your vegan friends across the pond lately? They’ve probably spent the whole week scouting for new vegan cheeses from Cathedral City – one of the UK’s most popular cheese brands, owned by Canadian dairy giant Saputo Dairy.
Cathedral City’s vegan cheddar – the brand’s first foray into plant-based cheese – is now available in chunks, blocks and slices at Tesco locations across the UK.
Saputo Dairy UK
“This is an exciting moment for the non-dairy cheese sector,” said Neil Stewart, Saputo Dairy UK’s Head of Marketing for Cathedral City, in a statement. “This launch is a significant occasion for Cathedral City to expand our portfolio to include dairy-free alternatives for the first time with a range of great tasting alternatives to cheese, meaning more people can enjoy our delicious products.”
Can’t you get on a plane to get Gary? You’re in luck, because Saputo also offers vegan cheese in the US. Earlier this year, the brand partnered with That 70’s show Star Laura Prepon to promote the launch of his first line of vegan cheeses called Vitalite, which features meltable slices and shreds in mozzarella and cheddar flavors along with grated parmesan and cream cheese.