If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em

New vegan foods are popping up everywhere! Here are a few highlights…

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Ben & Jerry’s has finally heard and responded to the mounting requests for vegan ice cream! While there are plenty of options in most standard grocery stores these days (have you had So Delicious brand cashew milk ice cream? – WOAH), Ben & Jerry’s has been a favorite of ice cream connoisseurs with their creative flavors, which of course they’re bringing to the vegan frozen treats game. Chocolate Fudge Brownie, PB & Cookies, Chunky Monkey, and Coffee Caramel Fudge, made from almond milk, will be hitting shelves soon. We’re drooling already!

Did you know Unilever, the parent company of Hellmann’s Mayonaise, had a ridiculous lawsuit against vegan food company Hampton Creek? It just so happens that Hampton Creek (makers of Just Mayo – our personal favorite vegan mayo) is the fastest growing food company on earth (um, mad props) and Hellmann’s didn’t like them calling it “mayo” if it didn’t include eggs. Intimidated much, Hellmann’s? In classic “if you can’t beat ’em, join em'” fashion, the lawsuit was dropped and Hellmann’s has announced a new product – a gosh darn vegan mayo!

While we think it’s rad there are more even more plant-based options available, we’ll be sticking with the ethical and progressive-thinking food folks at Hampton Creek. Who by the way, will be releasing lots of new snacks! Watch for Just Cookie Dough – which you’ll probably eat out straight out of the container before baking because it doesn’t contain raw eggs – to arrive at Target stores soon!

 

In other vegan food news – A report from Allied Market Research predicts that the meatless-meat market will reach $5.2 billion by 2020. Check it out here. According to the report, “increasing health awareness coupled with increasing consciousness towards environmental sustainability and animal welfare have been the major factors driving the growth of meat substitute market.” How about them apples?

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Even Wendy’s is getting in the vegan food frenzy with a new black bean burger. The test market has gone well so far, and it’s expanded to multiple states. We may see it nationwide soon. We’re not big fans of fast food, but making vegan options more accessible is a very good thing. You can watch the hilarious commercial here.

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