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August 13 saw the opening of the Center for Plant-Based Living (CPBL) in St. Louis, MO, the first entirely plant-based center of its kind. CPBL was brought into being by Caryn Dugan, whose personal commitment to the vegan lifestyle began with her father’s death from cancer in 2008 followed by learning, just 10 weeks later, that she also had the dis...

Yet another plant-based food company has now received substantial backing.   According to Forbes, the Boston-based (and plant-based) company Biena Snacks has secured $8 million in Series B financing. The financial backing is led by Maw Investments, which is a private equity firm created by former Snyder’s-Lance executives such as Peter Michaud...

Inc. magazine today revealed that nutpods (aka Green Grass Foods), the beloved brand of non-dairy creamers, is No. 13 on its annual Inc. 5000 list.  “It’s a dream come true to be included on the Inc. 5000 list,” said Madeline Haydon, the founder and CEO of nutpods. “We are so proud of the growth of nutpods, a product I created based on a perso...

The NY Stock Exchange adds a vegan ETF on Sept 10 Announcing the launch of the world’s first vegan-friendly and climate-conscious ETF (exchange traded fund) onto the New York Stock Exchange on 10 September. The US Vegan Climate ETF (ticker VEGN)  was due to launch in January this year but there were some delays. However, the prospect...

Full steam ahead! Royal Caribbean has added vegan options to its cruise ship dining room menus.   On August 1, the cruise company added vegan spaghetti bolognese, Orzo pasta stew with green vegetables, edamame-stuffed portobello mushrooms, and a number of dessert options including a toffee cheesecake with dark chocolate and a peanut butter cru...

Today, the Plant-Based Brand’s Partnership with Whole Foods Market Commences Its Official Foray into the U.S. After Sell-Out Success With Retailers in the UK, Canada, Europe, and the UAE The Meatless Farm CO, the plant-based food company known for its meat-free burgers and sausage products, launches its meatless burgers in over 450 Whole Foods Mark...

Baskin-Robbins announces it has introduced two vegan, non-dairy ice cream options to their menu. While they have included ices and sorbets in the past, the two new ice cream options represent the company’s first foray into the ever-growing plant-based arena.  "We're excited to expand our ice cream portfolio into the vegan space and offer our g...

Hardee’s has announced plans to test a Beyond Meat Thickburger and a Beyond Sausage on a Hardee’s Biscuits starting October 28, 2019. This comes just days after a Change.org petition asked the chain to include Beyond Meat option. In an email Change.org wrote:  “I am so glad that Hardee’s is joining Carl’s Jr. in offering cruelty-free opti...

If you weren’t convinced that veganism is here to stay, perhaps this will provide a little bit of context.  According to figures provided by The Good Food Institute, plant-based food sales have increased by approximately 11 percent in the past year alone, with a total market valuation of $4.5 billion. That’s five times faster than the total Un...

Plant Power Fast Food enjoyed record sales on opening day of their fifth location. Plant Power Fast Food is a plant-based fast-food restaurant chain based in San Diego, CA, opened its fifth location last week in Long Beach, California. The three-and-a-half-year-old company reported that sales from the Long Beach location on its opening Sunday, June...

Pitch + Plant, the first plant-based business pitching competition in the UK, will be participating in the Plant-Based Business Bootcamp. The event will be taking place on Saturday, July 13th, at the LUSH Studio in Soho, London. The event, created by the plant-based company Vevolution, has amassed a large following and list of entrants, which is a ...

It is becoming more apparent every day that cattle ranchers are shaking in their boots. As someone who grew up on a cattle ranch, this brings mixed emotions. But, at the end of the day, it is just another piece of evidence… we are winning. Yesterday, Upton’s Naturals, an industry leading vegan CPG based in Chicago, filed a federal lawsuit against t...

Whenever a company springs up and offers a new product that’s deemed as being plant-based, it’s usually met with celebration and a warm welcome into the industry. However, one of the world’s largest food companies has recently introduced a product that’s referred to as “plant-based”– yet doesn’t truly live up to the title. Tyson Foods, one of the w...

In a recent podcast interview on Futures in Forbes, contributor Michael Gale interviewed Giuseppe Scionti, a true innovator and thought leader in the 3D-printing and plant-based alternative spaces alike. While other companies are creating plant-based meats in large factories, Scionti is creating 3D printed plant-based meats that resemble something ...

Following unprecedented sales performance, Del Taco will be releasing vegan burritos to the public. The California-based Mexican fast-food chain stated that its Beyond Meat tacos, which featured Beyond Meat’s meat alternative crumbles, are now one of its best selling products in the history of the company. Since April of this year, Del Taco has sol...

Preceding– and especially following– the massively successful IPO for plant-based company Beyond Meat, more and more industry giants are wanting in on the plant-based movement that has been taking off as of late. Many large chains have already joined in on the movement. For example, Burger King recently announced that it will be rolling out the Imp...

Three black barbers are setting out to bring a unique vegan food experience to New Orleans, with a twist. Barbers Roy Joseph III, Ryan Billew, and Ollie Williams have introduced a unique vegan food concept that takes inspiration from New Orleans’ ever-popular cuisine scene. Essentially, the barbers want to show their community that vegan food doesn...

The Economist, a publishing company with a worldwide influence on international business and world affairs, recently dubbed 2019 as the “Year of the Vegan.” Now, the company is proving it was right.  To kick off the unofficial start of the summer season, the team at The Economist served up vegan hot dogs made with Beyond Sausage in New York Ci...

Fry Family Food has announced it will stock many popular products at Lazy Acres stores this month, marking their debut on California grocery shelves.  This widely buzzed about brand’s initial U.S. product offering will include protein-packed frozen offerings with a healthy, plant-based twist. The range will feature international favorites such...

Plant-based protein is seeing increased demand by consumers. In fact, by 2023, the US meat-substitute retail market could potentially reach $2.5 billion (compared to $1.4 billion last year) according to Euromonitor International. Naturally, this is causing many of the world’s largest fast food chains to adapt to changing requests. For example, Burg...

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