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We VEGWORLD readers know all about it. And most of us are pretty happy about it.But not all of us.“It” is the dramatic and newsworthy large-scale growth of traditional meat and dairy companies that are enlarging their investments in plant-based foods. Of course, they’re doing so in response to the growing number of people with plant-based lifestyle...

If you are or were a fan of leather clothing and accessories, the market just got better for you – cactus is now being used as a means to develop plant-based leather alternative goods.Two Mexican entrepreneurs – Marte Cázarez and Adrián López Velarde – recently introduced a product called Desserto, which is the first-ever plant-based leather a...

Meati Foods, a recent startup based in a brewery-like space in Boulder, CO, is doing something other plant-based food manufacturers can only dream about: making plant-based versions of steak and chicken breast.Well, not exactly plant-based; make that fungus-based.Wait! Don’t stop reading! Here’s one time when fungus is our friend, the basis of whol...

Following the trend that we’ve been seeing in the last two years, Papa John’s is now making plans to add a few vegan options to its menu, starting in the United Kingdom.Currently, the massive pizza chain Papa John’s is recruiting for a new position, called a Chief Vegan Officer (CVO), to assist in adding a few vegan options to the menus in the Unit...

Dunkin’ Donuts is already the go-to shop for coffee and donut lovers in the country. Soon, Dunkin’ will also be on the radar of vegans and health-conscious people looking for quick and meatless breakfast eats.Dunkin’ is introducing a meatless breakfast sandwich across the nation, following in the footsteps of several other large chain restaurants t...

If you’ve ever watched the popular sitcom series Shark Tank, then you know that landing an investment opportunity from ‘the sharks’ can be a task. For most aspiring entrepreneurs, a $1 million offer from Mark Cuban would be a one-way ticket to dream-of success.For the co-founders of Atlas Monroe, however, this otherwise grandiose offer was less tha...

100% plant-based milk, Milkadamia will be available in all seven London area Whole Foods locations starting this month. The non-dairy milk, made of raw macadamias, grown primarily on the company’s Jindilli Farm in Australia, recently won raves at last month’s lunch! Show at the ExCel in London as well as at this year’s London Coffee Festival w...

Mouthwatering plant-based food production company Atlas Monroe will be appearing on this season of Shark Tank! Their episode will air on Sunday, October 6, 2019, on ABC. Watch the episode with us here! Their plant-based Cajun Southern fried chicken and waffles were named BEST fried chicken at the 2018 National Fried Chicken Festival by Time's ...

Meat alternatives are increasingly becoming mainstream and 3D printing businesses, such as Israel's Redefine Meat and Spain's Novameat, believe their technology can help improve plant-based products and speed up the manufacturing process. Such potential has seen both Redefine Meat and Novameat attract the backing of investors recently.Companies beh...

by Diana Potter The influence of the plant-based/environmental advocacy movement on our lives just keeps growing, as evidenced by the September 10 launch of a new vegan Exchange Traded Fund, or ETF, on the New York Stock Exchange: the US Vegan Climate ETF (ticker symbol VEGN). Designed for environmentalists and animal rights advocates, the US ...

by Diana Potter Until now, despite decades of protest by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and others, including vegans, using animals to test toxic materials has continued in the US without restriction.Until now. On September 10, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it was beginning what it termed an ag...

How old were you when you became a vegan? When you decided on a career? When you became a celebrity in your career?Okay, most of us, including me, have no answer for that last one! But how many of us could answer the first two questions with, “I was 11”? Not me, and (sorry…) presumably not you, either.Omari McQueen can. Yes, at the age of 11, he’s ...

It's no secret that the plant-based food and beverage alternatives market has skyrocketed over the past couple of years. In fact, 2019 was named The Year of the Vegan by The Economist, and Nielsen reported that vegan meat sales jumped by a massive 13.5% in the past year.   In August, the Global Plant-Based Food & Beverage Alternatives Mark...

The world’s largest plant-based restaurant chain is now open in the Greenwich Village section of New York (September 6, 2019 – Montreal, QC)Copper Branch, the largest 100% plant-based restaurant chain in the world, has come to New York City, having now opened its second U.S. location and its first in New York in the Greenwich Village/SOHO sect...

Fulfilling his earlier promises to shareholders and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), and heartening vegans everywhere, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced August 31 that the company’s Model 3 — as a compact full-electric vehicle, already on the right side of saving the environment — will now be completely free of leather. Tesla’s Model...

When it comes to the terms “eco-friendly” and “vegan” footwear, what probably comes to mind is earthy silhouettes that are made of canvas, hemp, or some other similar material, such as cotton. However, the luxury brand AERA is setting out to redefine what eco-friendly and vegan footwear looks like. Rather than footwear that resembles beac...

While Dr. Martens iconic boots have been around for decades, it’s their vegan line of shoes, launched in 2011, that’s making headlines.CEO Kenny Wilson told the Guardian that sales of the brand’s vegan shoes have grown by “multiple hundreds of percent” in recent years. Thanks to the vegan range, profits at the company rose by 70%, with the vegan li...

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 dise...

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 aprivate equity firm created by former Snyder’s-Lance executives such as Peter Michaud. Th...

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 person...

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