It seems that every week in vegan food news is more exciting than the last and this week is no exception. York Street Market—a supplier to airports, colleges, and corporations in 24 states—now offers snack boxes filled with Field Roast pepperoni and Chao Creamery cheese cubes. Ice cream chain Baskin-Robbins is expanding its dairy-free ice cream selection with a brand new flavor. And gelatin-free gummies get their wings on German airline Eurowings. Read on for more.
1York Street Market’s new vegan snack boxes and meals
York Street Market is a catering supplier to major airports, colleges, corporations, and sporting stadiums in 24 states in the Midwest and Northeast regions and it recently partnered with Greenleaf Foods—parent company of vegan brands Lightife, Field Roast, and Chao Creamery. This partnership has borne four exciting food items at York Street Market locations:
- Snack Box: Field Roast’s pepperoni, Chao Creamery cheese in original flavor, and Ritz crackers
- Field Roast Breakfast Sandwich: Field Roast’s sausage patty, Chao Creamery cheese in Tomato Cayenne flavor, JUST Egg, and chipotle aioli, served on an English muffin
- Lightlife Breakfast Sandwich: Lightlife Smoky Bacon Tempeh Strips, Chao Creamery cheese slices in original flavor, and JUST Egg, served on an English muffin
- BLT: Lightlife Smoky Bacon Tempeh Strips with lettuce, tomato, and vegan mayonnaise, served on a multi-grain ciabatta
“As the leading fresh food solutions company throughout the Northeast and Midwest, York Street Fresh Market is dedicated to meeting our customers’ changing tastes, which include an increased demand for accessible, great tasting plant-based options,” Joe Lorenzo, President and CEO of Lorenzo Food Group and York Street Market, said in a statement. “We’re excited to be working with industry leader Greenleaf Foods, SPC as our first-ever plant-based partner to feature a variety of their delicious, protein-packed products as part of these new menu options.”
2Vegan gummies get their wings
In addition to pepperoni and cheese snack boxes and sandwiches, world travelers can look forward to even more vegan options in the friendly skies. This week, German supermarket chain Veganz partnered with European airline Eurowings (a part of Lufthansa) to get its vegan gummies aboard more than 70 flights. The gummies are made without gelatin—an ingredient derived from collagen in animal bones—and come in five assorted flavors: strawberry, orange, black currant, apple, and lemon.
Veganz has been operating in Germany as a pioneer vegan grocery brand since 2011 and is expanding its reach not only to the skies with Eurowings but to other areas where vegan food is in high demand (read: everywhere). Veganz also recently partnered with foodservice giant Aramark and German football club RB Leipzig whose stadium catering services have been selling Veganz products since the start of the current Bundesliga season.
3There’s a new vegan egg in town
Hodo Foods, a cult-favorite company based in Oakland, CA, is known best for its tofu products—which can be found in stores and on the menu at Chipotle as the chain’s vegan protein option: Sofritas. Hodo’s been around for nearly two decades and in that time, has replaced approximately 3,000 tons of animal proteins each year.
Now, the brand is getting into the vegan egg market with its new All-Day Egg Scramble, which is made with a base of Hodo’s tofu and flavorings such as nutritional yeast and black salt (for that eggy flavor). Designed to be a convenient swap for eggs, the protein-packed scramble is heat-and-eat and can go atop toast, inside burritos, or at the center of the plate with a side of meatless bacon.
“The All-Day Egg Scramble is a twist on a Hodo bestseller from our early days at farmers’ markets, reflecting the wholesome craveability and convenience of this plant-protein egg alternative,” Hodo Founder and CEO Minh Tsai said in a statement. “Hodo’s Egg Scramble tastes like eggs and is made of clean, whole plant-based ingredients: true to Hodo’s farmers’ market roots in deliciousness, health, and convenience.”
Hodo’s new vegan egg scramble is now rolling out to 1,500 stores nationwide, including Whole Foods Market, with Sprouts Farmers Market and online grocery store GTFO, It’s Vegan bringing it on in the coming months.
4Forager’s yogurts come with vegan message for Earth Day
With Earth Day right around the corner, organic brand Forager Project is finding a new way to send the message that choosing plant-based foods is better for the planet. The brand is already dedicated to bringing awareness to the damaging effects of dairy production by offering vegan products such as yogurts, milks, cheese, and sour cream.
Now, Forager is putting the message “Eat Organic Vegan Food & Help Save Our Planet” on the foils of its best-selling cashew yogurt products found at more than 10,000 stores nationwide. Why use this prime packaging real estate to send a climate message instead of advertising? The company wants to do its part to fight the climate crisis and help you do yours by simply choosing to eat plant-based.
5Dairy-free ice cream at Baskin-Robbins
Baskin-Robbins is the world’s largest ice cream chain and up until a few years ago, its only vegan options were sorbet. Now, the ice cream giant is going all in on dairy-free. After two years in development, Baskin-Robbins launched its first two vegan flavors, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and Chocolate Extreme, made from a base of coconut oil and almond butter in 2019. Last year, Baskin-Robbins became the first national ice cream chain to add oat milk ice cream to its lineup with the launch of its May flavor of the month: Non-Dairy Strawberry Streusel. Last summer, the chain expanded its vegan selection with Non-Dairy Salted Fudge Bar flavor which is made with a creamy salted dark chocolate oat milk base that is swirled with smooth fudge ribbons and dotted with fudge pieces.
This week, Baskin-Robbins is embarking on a rebranding journey with a new logo, packaging, employee uniforms, and tagline “Seize the Yay”—a message to encourage consumers to celebrate small moments of happiness. To give customers more reason to celebrate, Baskin-Robbins is launching a new vegan flavor: Non-Dairy Mint Chocochunk. Made with a coconut milk base, the flavor features sweet mint, thick chocolate chunks, and a gooey fudge swirl.
“For more than 75 years, Baskin-Robbins has been the destination for celebrating the moments that matter most. Our new look and manifesto recognize the extraordinary role ice cream has played in our customers’ lives, along with our continued commitment to innovation and creating someone’s next favorite flavor,” Jerid Grandinetti, Vice President of Marketing and Culinary at Baskin-Robbins, said in a statement. “Small moments that spark joy often get taken for granted. We’re encouraging people to pause and celebrate any moment that brings happiness with Baskin-Robbins.”
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