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Grocery Packaged Food Plant-Based

Beyond Chicken Tenders Now Available Nationwide at Walmart


Consumer demand for more plant-based options continues to rise, that’s why it’s quite clutch that Beyond Chicken Tenders will be available this October to consumers nationwide for the first time at Walmart and other major chains, with additional availability expected to be added later this year.

Key details about Beyond Chicken Tenders that are quickly making them the go-to for plant-based alternatives include 50% less saturated fat tha regular chicken tenders, and no GMOs, antibiotics, hormones or cholesterol. 

Unlike the pea-based protein in Beyond Burgers, Beyond Meat revealed that the protein-packed faba bean uniquely delivers the taste, texture, and culinary experience of traditional chicken tenders. 

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Fast Food Plant-Based

Chipotle Testing Plant-Based Chorizo

As many fast food restaurants like Pizza Hut and Burger King look to offer more plant-based options, Chipotle is following suit by testing a new plant-based chorizo.

This new meatless option is made up of ancho chili and chipotle peppers, tomato paste, crushed garlic, Spanish smoked paprika, extra virgin olive oil, and peas. The new offering is being tested in a limited area and timeframe, with Denver and Indianapolis locations participating from August 19 to August 29.

You can even try the plant-based chorizo with free delivery during this trial period.

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Fast Food Plant-Based

Baja Fresh Introduces Three New Impossible Plant-Based Options

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Three new Impossible Foods plant-based items are gracing Baja Fresh Mexican Grill’s menu.

Impossible Foods has been one of the leaders in the plant-based meat industry, collaborating with various fast food and fast-casual chains to help spread awareness of vegan options to a wider audience. The company’s latest partnership with Baja Fresh yields the following three new items:

  • Impossible Taco Combo: Three tacos with grilled corn tortillas filled with Impossible meat, shredded lettuce, pico de gallo, guacamole, Baja salsa, and Cotija cheese. Served with a side of black or pinto beans and Baja rice.
  • Fuego Impossible Burrito: Melted jack cheese, guacamole, black beans, Impossible meat, Diablo salsa, Six Chiles salsa, pico de gallo, pickled jalapeños, shredded lettuce and sour cream, all wrapped in a soft flour tortilla.
  • Impossible Bowl: Baja rice topped with roasted veggies, Impossible meat, sour cream, avocado, pico de gallo and tortilla strips.

All three of these new plant-based Impossible meat options can be found at all participating Baja Fresh locations for a limited time only.

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Packaged Food Plant-Based

Crafty Counter Gears Up For Launch of Wundereggs, Billed as the First Plant-Based RTE Boiled Eggs

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While the niche market of plant-based eggs already has scrambled egg applications covered via an assortment of brands, Crafty Corner will soon be entering the space with Wundereggs, a product that’s billed as the first plant-based ready to eat (RTE) boiled eggs, according to FoodNavigator-USA.

The Wundereggs are gluten free, soy free, grain free, and dairy free, and will be sold in packs of two plant-based boiled eggs. These ‘eggs’ are treated with high pressure processing (HPP), which give them a shelf life of 90-120 days. As for what they’re made up of, the egg white contains nuts and agar, while the yolk uses nuts, turmeric, and black salt.

Plant-based brand Crafty Counter, best-known for its frozen lentil- and bean-based bites – has developed these industry first ready-to-eat plant-based boiled eggs, which it hopes to launch late this year or early next year.

Further product details can be found here.

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Entrepreneurship Fast Food Health Plant-Based

nomoo | New American Burgers: From Sacrifice to Success

Housed in the original Johnny Rockets on Melrose Ave, you’ll find nomoo | New American Burgers, the latest plant-based burger joint to hit Los Angeles. Retaining a nostalgic American diner element, as you enter you’re transported to a bygone era complete with eye-catching neon signs, vibrant interior colors and the unmistakable smell of classic deliciousness. Wrapped in the vintage aesthetic is a menu specially curated from passion and patience. 

Having been open only for a year, nomoo is the brainchild of owner George Montagu Brown. Brown was an unlikely burger joint owner. He originally ran a successful internet business in Costa Rica, which while very lucrative, failed to fill him with a sense of purpose. In thinking back on his previous business, he says, “One of the things I learned from early financial success was that money isn’t everything. The reward comes not from the profit numbers but seeing a team I built grow and work together, from guest interactions and when people love the food we created.”

As a vegan, Brown had a strong connection to the plight of farm animals. His dream had always been to raise awareness about the harrowing conditions of factory farming. Believing vegan food can (and does) change people’s perspective, he initially considered pursuing the avenue of education as a way to raise awareness. The burning question he longed to answer was, “Do we need animal products in fast food at all?” 

Ultimately deciding that experience, rather than education, was a better pathway forward, prompting Brown to create nomoo. To fulfill this mission, his idea was to offer the experience of “combining a restaurant with an ‘all day party’ vibe with plant-based products.” Brown set his mind to pursuing what he felt deeply to be his purpose and took a leap of faith. Knowing that success requires sacrifice, he shuttered his online business and invested his own money to make his dreams a reality. 

Pursuing his dream had its challenges. Without investors, he chose to move from Costa Rica, hoping to launch nomoo in Los Angeles. To further complicate the transition, he opened right before last year’s pandemic hit, forcing him to close the doors only seven days following. When nomoo finally reopened in June, it faced supply delays. Vegan products were often unavailable. Despite the setbacks, Brown managed to push through and now shares his vision with hungry Angelenos looking for post-pandemic grub.

Prepped entirely by hand, considerable emphasis is placed on quality. The nomoo burger is the house staple. Ingredients consist of the Impossible patty complimented by an in-house nomoo sauce, American cheeze, house pickles, and a tomato resting atop a bed of butter lettuce that’s secured by a freshly made brioche bun. Additional menu items include plant-based takes on American diner classics like The Hot Chik’in sandwich, handspun gourmet shakes, fries and an assortment of tasty sauces. I had the opportunity to try their most recent offering, the BBQ Facon Burger, and I can say it too delivers on all mouthwatering fronts. Additionally, the food is made fresh daily and 10% of proceeds are donated to Mercy For Animals.

Fueled by purpose, Brown can often be found at nomoo | New American Burgers on Melrose Ave. working “twice as hard for much less pay.”

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Sweets

Trader Joe’s Adds Boba-Filled Vegan Cold Brew Frozen Dessert

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There was a time someone with severe lactose intolerance couldn’t enjoy a pint of coffee ice cream without getting a stomachache. Those days are long gone now, as brands have begun offering a plethora of non-dairy options in all sorts of flavors for those not about dairy.

Take Trader Joe’s new Cold Brew Coffee and Boba Coconut Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert. While this mouthful may give you brain freeze if you dive in too fast, there’s nothing about this robustly-named product that hasn’t piqued my coffee dessert-loving interest.

The brand’s newest flavor features a creamy coconut milk base, with the flavors of cold brew coffee made from Thai-grown Arabica coffee beans, and chewy tapioca pearls.

You can find this entirely vegan frozen dessert at the freezer section of your local Trader Joe’s.

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Fast Food Plant-Based

Peets Is First Major Chain To Release A 100% Plant Based Breakfast Sandwich

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One of the biggest questions surrounding fast food for 2021 was which chain would make a 100% plant-based breakfast sandwich first.

With spots like Burger King and Starbucks switching their meat options, and major vegan egg and dairy suppliers available, we knew the addition was coming to give plant-based folks a true breakfast sandwich option.

However, none of the major chains that were fielding plant-based breakfast meats were the first to go fully plant-based for breakfast. Instead, it was Starbucks rival Peet’s Coffee and Tea.

Peet’s combined vegan cheddar, Beyond Breakfast Sausage, and vegan JUST Egg into their new Everything Plant-Based Sandwich, which puts all of the above into a fully vegan Everything Bagel thin.

It’s a simple combination of already existing plant-based options, but it’s the first amongst major fast food players, which means everybody else will likely follow suit in the immediate future.

Peet’s Everything Plant-Based Sandwich is now available at participating locations nationwide.

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Culture Hit-Or-Miss Sweets What's New

Ben & Jerry’s and Colin Kaepernick Debut Brand New Vegan Flavor

With Ben & Jerry’s stepping up to the plate and being a prominent supporter of social justice, it only made sense for them to link up with ardent social activist and former NFL start Colin Kaepernick to release a brand new, permanent flavor.

Named “Change the Whirled,” the entirely vegan offering features a caramel non-dairy sunflower butter base with fudge chips, graham cracker swirls and chocolate cookie swirls. It’s a tasty plant-based option that makes sense for Kaepernick, who is a vegan himself.

This partnership is an appropriate nod to the courageous work Kaepernick has done to champion social justice, pursuing equity for Black and Brown people, and confronting systemic oppression and police violence. With Ben & Jerry’s aspiring to become a social justice company themselves, this sweet collab is a step in the right direction to shedding more light on the social justice ills that have plagued America. What’s more, this new flavor will also support the work of Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camps, which he founded to advance the liberation and well-being of Black and Brown communities.

Change the Whirled will be available as a full-time flavor at Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shops and on store shelves nationwide in the United States beginning in 2021 with a suggested MSRP of $4.99-$5.49.