Probably the biggest news this week on the product front was the new vegan McPlant sandwich coming to McDonalds. “There are other plant-based burgers out there, but the McPlant delivers our iconic taste in a sink-your-teeth-in (and wipe-your-mouth) kind of sandwich,” the restaurant chain stated “It’s made with a juicy, plant-based patty and served on a warm, sesame seed bun with all the classic toppings.”
Not far behind is Pizza Hut, which has added Beyond Meat topped pizzas to the their US and UK menus.
"The Beyond Pan Pizzas feature the Beyond Italian Sausage Pizza, which is a classic (dairy) cheese pizza topped with Beyond Meat Italian sausage crumbles, while the specialty The Great Beyond Pizza is crafted with fresh veggie toppings that include tomatoes, sliced red onions and tangy banana peppers, and is served on Pizza Hut’s classic Original Pan crust."
And for something a little different, how about a plant-based bacon, made using koji, an umami-rich mold. The bacon is made by Prime Roots, a Berkeley startup, who calls themselves the "Omaha Steaks for plant-based food". Their meats come via an online subscription. Have a read about this lesser known alt-meat success story and their other products.
Including this as a nod to our British friends - the vegan soccer club Forest Green Rovers, who we have posted about before, have made available a plant-based version of the old British favorite, Bovril. The drink, for those not familiar with it, is traditionally made with a thick and salty meat extract paste that is added to hot drinks and is a popular half-time beverage. The Rover's version is made with beets instead. Mmm, delicious.
Possibly more accessible, plant-based egg brand Crackd will soon launch its 100 percent vegan liquid egg replacement at stores in the U.K. The company’s product, called Crackd The No-Egg Egg, will be available at select retailers in December.
Finally, file this last product under 'terrifying'. This 2020-Inspired Vegan Candle Smells Like Hand Sanitizer, Tiger King, and Banana Bread. Correct, the earthly essence of Joe Exotic himself. Go ahead and buy one, if you want to give yourself a nosebleed.