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Recently, the Colchester winery Priam Vineyards was certified as vegan-friendly by the BevVeg! label, which provides certification for vegan beverages, food, and other consumer products. This might come as a bit of a surprise, but not all wines are created vegan. You would think so, considering that wine is traditionally made from grapes. However, ...

Two days ago, the Tokyo-based Oisix ra daichi Inc.– Japan's largest organic food delivery service provider– announced that it would be acquiring the plant-based meal kit company Purple Carrot.  Purple Carrot, founded in 2014, is a very successful plant-based company that serviced approximately 22,000 customers in 2018, generating just north of...

I had the opportunity to sit down with Mike Jones, Managing Director of Campaigns at Change.org, who was at McDonald’s recent shareholders’ meeting in Dallas, TX. Mike was given the opportunity to ask a question on behalf of 216,582 people regarding when McDonald’s plans to join the rest of their competitors in the fast-food world by adding a plant...

Over the past few years, there has been a boom in the vegan, vegetarian, and plant-based industries. There are now more people than ever claiming to be vegan or some sort of flexitarian or vegetarian. Though it goes without saying, the vegan movement is on the rise– and fast. This year alone has been filled with many great triumphs for the vegan in...

Plant-based companies have recently seen a considerable rise in popularity and in celebrity investments. Successful alternative meat brand Impossible Foods recently raised $300 million in funding from investors including Serena Williams, Katy Perry, Jay-Z, Jaden Smith, and will.i.am, among others. The burger is currently sold at about 7,000 restaur...

A lawsuit challenging a vegan butter has been voluntarily dismissed according to Food Navigator . At the center of the lawsuit is Miyoko's Kitchen, a vegan food company known for their variety of cheeses. A class action was filed in 2018 by Jasmine Brown claiming that the Miyoko's Kitchen vegan butter did not meet the FDA standards that would let i...

Despite initial pushback, the vegan cheese industry has been performing exceedingly well.  For anti-vegans, there are two foods that people most commonly refuse to give up in lieu of healthier, vegan options– bacon and cheese. While bacon requires a separate discussion, vegan cheese has been gaining massive traction in the past few years, desp...

Year after year, dairy farmers have spoken against plant-based milk companies, which make their milk out of oats, almonds, and other nuts, and ‘steal' away profits. However, dairy companies are now beginning to settle their differences and cash in on the booming plant-based industry. For example, HP Hood, one of the oldest dairy companies in the Un...

A few days ago, the Good Food Institute (GFI), a nonprofit in support of alternatives for animal agriculture products, released a report that summarized the health of investments in plant-based food and beverage alternatives. In short, plant-based alternative companies are on the rise– and fast.  The report’s findings are supportive of the tre...

The massive furniture chain has been catering to vegans recently. Just last month, IKEA introduced a vegan, strawberry soft-serve to the menu at all of its European locations. Now, the chain has announced its plans to serve a new vegan version of their popular Swedish meatball in all of its store restaurants worldwide. This announcement from IKEA t...

In recent decades, there has been a monumental shift in health and wellness. People are caring more about their health and fitness, and are more mindful of what foods and products they put in and on their body. That being said, plant-based products are becoming more and more mainstream as we move forward. We’ve seen great growth in the plant-based ...

On Thursday, May 2nd, 2019, alternative protein company Beyond Meat (BYND) will debut on the NASDAQ in a historic milestone for the plant-based movement. The El Segundo, California based food innovator is just the latest in a trend of money-losing market disruptors to leave investors drooling.   The company has so far raised roughly $240 milli...

The plant-based company Tofurky, based in Hood River, Oregon, has taken its first external investment in the brand’s history. Recently, Tofurky raised a substantial private investment of $7 million in an effort to scale the production of their many plant-based food products, such as sausages, ground “meats”, deli slices, tempeh and more. As the con...

Chilean-based startup company, NotCo has raised $30 million in funding using The Craftory investment fund, which has attracted investment from Jeff Bezo’s ‘Bezos Expeditions’ among others. NotCo uses an artificial intelligence (AI) platform, called Giuseppe, to create plant-based versions of dairy products. It analyzes the products at a molecular l...

When Guy Vaknin, creator and head chef of vegan sushi chain Beyond Sushi, appeared on the reality investment show “Shark Tank,” he was seeking nothing less than a $1.5 million investment to use in expanding his restaurants to the West Coast. And he got it. Shark Lori Greiner and Guest Shark Matt Higgins both agreed that the plant-based and kosher-c...

“I could go vegan, but I just really love cheese too much.” Raise your hand if you’ve ever heard someone say that… I see you. I see you with your hand raised. I mean I don’t actually see you, but I know that you’ve got your hand raised. How can I know that without actually seeing you?  It’s because we’ve all heard someone say that before. Ever...

Leonardo DiCaprio invests in meat alternative brand Beyond Meat Leonardo DiCaprio is already well-known as a longtime advocate for a plant-based future, often bringing public awareness to the negative effects eating meat has on climate change. Just recently, DiCaprio increased his investments in the plant-based industry. According to an article in ...

In recent news, Nestlé and Hershey have taken action in support of the vegan movement and market. Hershey renews their commitment to no animal testing In 2007, Hershey made a commitment to PETA not to fund, conduct, or support animal testing in any way when sourcing health claims about their products. While the brand held to their commitment for se...

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