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Pret a Manger Debuts its First Vegan Christmas Sandwich

The chain's new Very Merry Christmas Sandwich—filled with specially made vegan stuffing—is set to be a menu favorite this holiday season.

International chain Pret a Manger this week launched its anticipated Christmas menu in the United Kingdom. The menu features the Very Merry Christmas Sandwich (the company’s first vegan Christmas sandwich), which is served on granary bread; filled with grilled carrots, spinach, and a specially made vegan stuffing comprised of crispy onion, and caramelized pecans; and finished with a port-and-orange cranberry sauce. In the past year, Pret CEO Clive Schlee has restructured the chain in response to customer feedback for more plant-based options. The chain now includes three all-vegetarian Veggie Pret locations, refrigerators filled with only vegetarian food at many meat-serving locations, and an array of vegan menu options—the latter of which Schlee recently credited for a 70-percent increase in company sales in 2016.

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Vegan Eatery Expands to Serve Historic Black Town

Jenn Ross—the bubbly owner of gas-station vegan café DaJen Eats—will soon bring her irie Jamaican food to Eatonville, FL, one of the country's first self-governing all-black districts.
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Dairy Farmers Make Beer as Milk Industry Sours

Massachusetts dairy farm Carter & Stevens converted part of its facility into a brewery to offset losses incurred by low prices and decreased demand for milk.
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The Hamptons Gets Its First Vegan Café

New York's luxury vacation destination will soon be home to the Plant Based Coffee Shop, where hearty vegan food will make for a cruelty-free getaway.
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CA Senate Passes Mandatory Vegan Prison-Food Bill

State prisons, nursing homes, and hospitals may soon be required to have at least one plant-based meal option.
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Natalie Portman Survives Fiery Vegan Wings on Hot Ones

The vegan actress makes her way through the gamut of hot sauces on the series as she explains her dedication to veganism and promotes documentary Eating Animals.
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