Evidently each week on this planet of vegan meals information is extra thrilling than the final and this week isn’t any exception. Albertsons buyers, prepare: new vegan brisket and pulled pork from South Korean model UNLIMEAT is on the way in which. And at choose places of Costco, Violife’s festive Celebration Platter—a flight of 4 vegan cheeses—is promoting like hotcakes. If ice cream in chilly climate is your jam, Van Leeuwen’s Vegan Gingerbread taste is an ideal vacation deal with. Learn on for extra
1Violife Christmas cheese platter
Generally a cheese platter is all you want for a festive celebration and this 12 months, Greek firm Violife is pulling out all of the stops. The corporate’s limited-edition Violife Celebration Platter options 4 vegan cheese varieties for all of your vacation platter wants.
In European markets, Violife is providing the Celebration Platter with Epic Smoked Cheddar, Le Rond Camembert, Mature Cheddar, and model new Vegan Blue flavors. These can be found at Tesco, Sainsbury’s, and Waitrose shops.
And North America can get in on the vegan cheese motion with a distinct Celebration Platter assortment. Right here, Violife’s vacation vegan cheese flight contains Mature Cheddar, Gouda, Smoked Cheddar, and Mozzarella with Cranberries varieties.
Obtainable at choose Costco places within the Midwest and Southeast, the producer instructed retail value is an affordable $7.39 per pack.
Violife tells us that shares are operating low so run to the shop in your Christmas pajamas if it’s a must to.
2Vegan brisket, pulled pork heads to Albertsons
South Korean model UNLIMEAT is difficult the burger-centric vegan meat business with its distinctive choices. The corporate created Korean BBQ meats as a vegan model of brisket that may be ready in quite a lot of methods from the pan to the grill. The corporate additionally makes vegan pulled pork—the corporate’s hottest product.
What are these meats constituted of? UNLIMEAT makes use of upcycled supplies that struggle meals waste, together with defatted soybean powder leftover from oil manufacturing and rice bran, a byproduct of brown rice milling.
Beginning January 4, the model’s plant-based Korean BBQ and two flavors of its pork (authentic candy & smoky, which encompasses a charcoal grilled rib taste) will probably be accessible at 1,500 Albertsons places nationwide. This deal drastically expands the distribution of those plant-based meats, which have been beforehand accessible via on-line grocer GTFO It’s Vegan, H-Mart, and choose grocery shops.
“Partnering with Albertsons to supply our distinctive and scrumptious plant-based meals to a wider viewers is a testomony to the business’s evolution and rising urge for food for extra various choices,” Ryan Chung, Head of Worldwide Enterprise at UNLIMEAT, stated in an announcement. “We’re extremely excited to carry our signature merchandise to Albertsons clients, who deserve tastier and more healthy plant-based choices.”
UNLIMEAT’s Albertsons distribution deal comes after a profitable Kickstarter marketing campaign for its vegan jerky, which hit its funding purpose inside three hours of launch and reached greater than 1,000 p.c of its funding purpose by the tip of the marketing campaign.
3Cycle Canine is elevating emergency funds
Seattle mainstay Cycle Canine opened its brick-and-mortar restaurant in 2021, taking on the area left behind by one other vegan enterprise, No Bones Seashore Membership, which closed attributable to COVID-19 issues.
Right here, Cycle Canine has delighted patrons with vegan takes on American consolation meals bites like corn canine, cheeseburgers, and, tacky bacon ranch fries, served alongside a wide array of tasty grownup drinks. Whereas enterprise has been booming, the staff has run up towards some unlucky setbacks reminiscent of unexpected repairs and closures.
Whereas Cycle Canine has tried to maintain the doorways open and payments paid with out turning to crowdfunding, the setbacks have change into insurmountable and the beloved vegan enterprise is in peril of closing. That’s why Cycle Canine is operating a GoFundMe campaign to assist pay for emergency repairs.
“We love our clients! They’ve proven us extra assist than we may ever dream of. We need to stress that we should not have a income drawback. Our development fee is true on observe,” Founders Keaton and Becky Tucker wrote within the marketing campaign. “We so badly need to get again to giving again to the group. Currently, we haven’t been ready to try this. Please think about donating so we will get again on observe.”
Cycle Canine is this near its purpose of $35,000 and plans to shut quietly in the event that they don’t meet the purpose in time.
4Gingerbread ice cream at Van Leeuwen’s
Whereas the chilly winter climate is in full drive, we’ll by no means say no to some good vegan ice cream—particularly when it’s supplied in a festive taste.
This vacation season, New York Metropolis-based ice cream chain Van Leeuwen’s blew it out of the park with Vegan Gingerbread, an expensive concoction that includes cinnamon-spiked oat milk ice cream dotted generously with items of housemade gingerbread cookies.
This Vegan Gingerbread taste is on the menu at Van Leeuwen’s places throughout 7 states till March 2, 2023.
And if gingerbread shouldn’t be your factor, Van Leeuwen has been churning out vegan ice cream for greater than a decade. Within the retailers, you’ll discover mainstays reminiscent of Mint Chip, Strawberry Shortcake, and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough—all of which may be ordered with vegan toppings reminiscent of whipped cream and sizzling fudge. Van Leeuwen’s additionally packs retail pints in eight vegan flavors, together with Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll; Cookie Crumble Strawberry Jam; and Churros & Fuds.
What’s one of the best half about consuming ice cream within the winter? Based on Van Leeuwen, the chilly climate means nothing melts.
5Candy protein-packed chocolate bars
Usually, once we take into consideration plant protein, the savory flavors of vegan beef or rooster come to thoughts. Nevertheless, California meals expertise firm Oobli (previously often called “Joywell Meals”) is utilizing precision fermentation to unlock new candy proteins which have the potential to noticeably lower down sugar in shopper items.
The corporate is showcasing its candy protein in a line of vegan chocolate bars that at the moment are accessible for pre-order on its web site in three flavors: 7% Silky Cacao, Sea Salt Flakes, and Raspberry Bits. The chocolate bars include 70-percent much less sugar than competing bars—which makes them interesting to a large group of customers, together with diabetics.
“We’re on a mission to rework the world with wholesome sweetness, and we’re very excited to announce the first-ever, sweet-protein-powered merchandise within the type of decadent, scrumptious chocolate bars,” Oobli CEO Ali Wing stated in an announcement.
“Oobli candy proteins are good on your well being and climate-friendly, however it’s the style that retains individuals coming again for extra,” Wing stated. “Keep tuned for much more candy treats to come back from Oobli in 2023.”