In January 2019 a record-breaking 250,310 people in 190 countries pledged to go vegan according to new statistics released by campaign Veganuary. A majority of this year’s participants (87 percent) were women and 44 percent identified as meat-eaters. Health was the biggest driver for 46 percent of participants this year, with 34 percent and 12 percent choosing to stop eating animal products due to animal welfare and environmental concerns, respectively. 

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This month, the world’s largest furniture retailer announced plans to launch KORVMOJ, the packed version of its popular meat-free hot dog. “A package of KORVMOJ contains 10 pieces of the same plant-based sausage you already know from the IKEA Bistro offer – now you can easily create your own veggie hot dog at home!

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By the end of the month, Panda Express will offer vegan options at all of its more than 2,000 locations for the first time, VegNews can exclusively reveal. The new options are reformulations of existing menu items: Eggplant Tofu and Chow Mein and vegan versions of these items will be available at locations where these options are sold

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HUGO BOSS launches innovative shoe made of pineapple leaf fibers

May 2018 – HUGO BOSS launches a new BOSS Menswear shoe produced with Piñatex, a natural-based material made of pineapple leaf fibers by Ananas Anam. The project is part of the commitment to innovation across the Company’s offering as well as the continuous search for more sustainable ways to design, source and produce.      Harvested as a by-product of existing agriculture, the pineapple leaves require no extra resources to grow, furthermore providing farming communities with an additional income. The textile is colored using natural plant-based dyes. In combination with a recycled TPU sole, the shoe is 100% vegan and designed to make a minimal impact on our planet.      Available in four colors, the vegan shoes are presented in a fully recyclable and biodegradable paper box, made from 100% recovered fibers and are sold in selected BOSS retail stores worldwide as well as in the    HUGO BOSS online store   .

May 2018 – HUGO BOSS launches a new BOSS Menswear shoe produced with Piñatex, a natural-based material made of pineapple leaf fibers by Ananas Anam. The project is part of the commitment to innovation across the Company’s offering as well as the continuous search for more sustainable ways to design, source and produce.

Harvested as a by-product of existing agriculture, the pineapple leaves require no extra resources to grow, furthermore providing farming communities with an additional income. The textile is colored using natural plant-based dyes. In combination with a recycled TPU sole, the shoe is 100% vegan and designed to make a minimal impact on our planet.

Available in four colors, the vegan shoes are presented in a fully recyclable and biodegradable paper box, made from 100% recovered fibers and are sold in selected BOSS retail stores worldwide as well as in the HUGO BOSS online store.


Ikea launches vegan hot dog

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BEYONCÉ LAUNCHES NEW VEGAN MEAL-PLANNING APP

22 Days of Nutrition uses a matching system to connect users to plant-based meals curated by nutritionists. It allows you to customize your meals based on cooking habits, dietary needs, allergies, household size, and goals. At that point, the meals are personalized for you. The app consists of thousands of recipes ranging from breakfast to dinner and boasts that they are easy and simple to make.    by    Sequoia Blodgett    May 2, 2018    Full story at Black Enterprise http://www.blackenterprise.com/beyonce-debuts-new-vegan-meal-planning-app/

22 Days of Nutrition uses a matching system to connect users to plant-based meals curated by nutritionists. It allows you to customize your meals based on cooking habits, dietary needs, allergies, household size, and goals. At that point, the meals are personalized for you. The app consists of thousands of recipes ranging from breakfast to dinner and boasts that they are easy and simple to make.

by Sequoia Blodgett May 2, 2018

Full story at Black Enterprise http://www.blackenterprise.com/beyonce-debuts-new-vegan-meal-planning-app/


The next generation of vegan burgers, which promises to bleed and sizzle like real ground beef, is taking another step toward the mainstream

Beyond Meat, whose investors include billionaire Bill Gates and food giants General Mills Inc. and    Tyson Foods Inc.   , will begin distributing its plant-based vegan burgers in more than 280 Safeway supermarkets in California, Hawaii and Nevada, according to the company.    The Beyond Burger, as the product is known, hit the market last year, but to this point it’s only been available at Whole Foods locations and a handful of restaurants. At Safeway, the burgers will appear in the meat case, an attempt to go directly after traditional beef eaters.    Beyond Meat and competitor Impossible Foods have created buzz in foodie circles with vegan burgers that they argue will help wean average Americans off meat. Vegan eating -- once the province of strict dieters and animals-rights activists -- has been gaining broader acceptance in recent years, helped by endorsements from celebrities such as Bill Clinton and Beyonce. A growing number of consumers are now seeking out plant-based products for both health and environmental reasons.    While the Beyond Burger has sold well at Whole Foods over the last several months, getting into a conventional grocery chain marks a turning point, said Ethan Brown, the chief executive officer of Beyond Meat.    “It’s a really important step in terms of reframing how we think about meat,” the 45-year-old said in an interview. “We assume that an animal has to be used for meat, and that’s just false.”    Beyond Meat, based in El Segundo, California, was founded in 2009 and initially focused on a frozen-chicken substitute. The business drew the attention of both Gates and 301 Inc., the venture arm of General Mills. After its new vegan burger was released last year, Tyson Foods, the largest U.S. meat producer, announced it had purchased a 5 percent stake in the company. Beyond Meat also is backed by Don Thompson, the former CEO of McDonald’s Corp.    The Beyond Burger, which is made from pea protein, isn’t the only game in town when it comes to vegan burgers with culinary distinction. Impossible Foods, founded by Stanford biochemist Pat Brown, is touting its own plant-based patties as an alternative to meat. But the company has focused more on distribution at high-end restaurants.    In addition to pushing into conventional grocery stores, Beyond Meat is also available at roughly 30 restaurants on the West Coast. And the product was recently introduced in the dining halls at Yale University.    In stores, the burger is sold in packs of two patties for $5.99. And while Brown thinks the taste and sizzle of the vegan burgers stand up against traditional beef, he acknowledges that price could be an issue for mainstream shoppers. He thinks he’ll be able to undercut beef within the next five years, as Beyond Meat increases its scale and pays less for ingredients.    “That’s when things will really get interesting,” he said.    By Craig Giammona May 25, 2017, 9:00 AM CDT Bloomberg

Beyond Meat, whose investors include billionaire Bill Gates and food giants General Mills Inc. and Tyson Foods Inc., will begin distributing its plant-based vegan burgers in more than 280 Safeway supermarkets in California, Hawaii and Nevada, according to the company.

The Beyond Burger, as the product is known, hit the market last year, but to this point it’s only been available at Whole Foods locations and a handful of restaurants. At Safeway, the burgers will appear in the meat case, an attempt to go directly after traditional beef eaters.

Beyond Meat and competitor Impossible Foods have created buzz in foodie circles with vegan burgers that they argue will help wean average Americans off meat. Vegan eating -- once the province of strict dieters and animals-rights activists -- has been gaining broader acceptance in recent years, helped by endorsements from celebrities such as Bill Clinton and Beyonce. A growing number of consumers are now seeking out plant-based products for both health and environmental reasons.

While the Beyond Burger has sold well at Whole Foods over the last several months, getting into a conventional grocery chain marks a turning point, said Ethan Brown, the chief executive officer of Beyond Meat.

“It’s a really important step in terms of reframing how we think about meat,” the 45-year-old said in an interview. “We assume that an animal has to be used for meat, and that’s just false.”

Beyond Meat, based in El Segundo, California, was founded in 2009 and initially focused on a frozen-chicken substitute. The business drew the attention of both Gates and 301 Inc., the venture arm of General Mills. After its new vegan burger was released last year, Tyson Foods, the largest U.S. meat producer, announced it had purchased a 5 percent stake in the company. Beyond Meat also is backed by Don Thompson, the former CEO of McDonald’s Corp.

The Beyond Burger, which is made from pea protein, isn’t the only game in town when it comes to vegan burgers with culinary distinction. Impossible Foods, founded by Stanford biochemist Pat Brown, is touting its own plant-based patties as an alternative to meat. But the company has focused more on distribution at high-end restaurants.

In addition to pushing into conventional grocery stores, Beyond Meat is also available at roughly 30 restaurants on the West Coast. And the product was recently introduced in the dining halls at Yale University.

In stores, the burger is sold in packs of two patties for $5.99. And while Brown thinks the taste and sizzle of the vegan burgers stand up against traditional beef, he acknowledges that price could be an issue for mainstream shoppers. He thinks he’ll be able to undercut beef within the next five years, as Beyond Meat increases its scale and pays less for ingredients.

“That’s when things will really get interesting,” he said.

By Craig Giammona May 25, 2017, 9:00 AM CDT Bloomberg