Vegan jerky maker Urban Cowboys recently launched in Whole Foods Market locations in the Southwest region of the United States. Their mushroom-based jerky is made with the help of artificial intelligence to replicate the meaty texture of old-fashioned beef jerky. They have three jerky flavors - Sweet Onion Teriyaki, Sriracha, and Black Pepper, and these are now available in 12 locations in Dallas, Houston, Austin, and Shreveport, LA.
The band You Me At Six and doing a bit of cross-industry marketing, releasing a new album called Suckapunch paired with a vegan hot sauce, with the same name. The vegan hot sauce, created in collaboration with Lou’s Brews, is limited to 200 bottles and comes only with pre-orders of the new record. Ok, not sure where they are going with that, other than creating some extra buzz with the gimmick. File under lame.
Speaking of cashing in. My Chemical Romance. Vegan cosmetics. HipDot collab. That's all the words they get.
Also a bit gimmicky, but a lot less lame - New Jersey-based brand Better Than Milk debuted its new line of vegan milks at retailers nationwide, which uses spring water from the Lessini Mountains of Northern Italy. The organic vegan milks are available in five varieties: Unsweetened Almond Drink, Almond Drink, Unsweetened Oat Drink, Unsweetened Rice + Calcium Drink, and Rice Hazelnut.
In Mexico, you can now buy vegan Whopper burgers at 201 Burger King locations across the country. Called the Whopper Vegetal—which translates to Vegetable Whopper—it is the first plant-based burger available on the menu in the country.
Over in Amsterdam, a novel sounding vegan offering has become available - vegan ribs and wings, and they deliver too. They come from the Vegan Junk Food Bar and their junk food box is filled with vegan ribs, wings, waffles, fries, dipping sauces, and Caesar salad. The chain has 4 locations in Holland and recently opened one in Spain also.
Looking at the UK now - Fancy Plants (love the name!) is a company that makes vegan desserts. Their latest offering is two Silky Pots in Chocolate and Chocolate Salted Caramel flavours, as well as two Chia Parfaits. The Silky Pots are not only indulgent but also contain prebiotic fibre, essential for a healthy digestive system. On the other hand, the new Chia Parfaits contain the nutritional goodness of chia seeds
and are rich in omega 3, calcium and vitamin D.
Still in the UK, this one is for burger-lovers. The UK's oldest burger chain, Wimpy is finally launching a vegan burger, in time for Veganuary. Nice.
Who's heard of Bambara groundnuts? Not us, but that is what this latest vegan-friendly milk made by Singapore's WhatIF Foods is made off, and word this it is much more sustainable alternative that what is already on the market. Dubbed BamNuts, it is a climate-resilient crop that can grow in harsh envrionments while also regenerating the land it is planted in. Sounds great, looking forward to trying it - look out for it later in 2021, not clear which countries will see it first as of yet.
And one more from Singapore and this one is big news - the city-state has become the first country to allow the sale of lab-grown cell-based meat. The product is not actually vegan, however this can only be good news for the animals and the planet. For some controversial nuance around the announcement scroll down to the Guardian article at the end of the newsletter.