Babybel dairy-free cheese is here and more vegan food news of the week

It seems like every week in the world of vegan food news is more exciting than the last and this week is no exception. We have been patiently waiting for the Babybel vegan cheeses and they are finally here. Brits, your morning lattes are set to get a lot cheaper at Starbucks UK after the coffee giant ditched its plant-based milk supplement early next year. And year-end statistics from Google show people searched for vegan foods at record rates throughout 2021. If this week is any indication, 2022 is going to be a year of big vegan developments in everything from cheese. dairy free to meat free chicken. Read on to find out more.

Babybel ushers in a new era of vegan cheese

Those of us who ate cheese before we became vegans remember unwrapping a small wheel of cheese, removing the red wax, and putting it in our mouths. Now those memories can be recreated without all of the hassle of dairy on January 1, with the launch of Babybel vegan cheeses, first at leading UK retailer Sainsbury’s and everywhere else shortly thereafter.

Babybel vegan cheeses are wrapped in the same wax but with a green tint, ringing in a new, greener era of vegan cheese, which Babybel’s parent company, Bel Group, fully agrees with. The French company has been manufacturing dairy products since the start of the cheese industry in 1865. To reinvent itself in the modern era, the Bel Group is working to develop vegan versions of all of its iconic brands.

Last year, she launched Boursin Dairy-Free Cheese Spread Alternative which the dairy brand developed in partnership with the vegan company Follow Your Heart. We hope that 2022 will be the year in which the Bel Group will offer us vegan Laughing Cow quarters.

Starbucks UK removes surcharge on vegan milk

With approximately 33,000 stores worldwide, Starbucks has a duty to reduce its environmental impact for the good of the climate. Knowing that dairy is the primary driver of its carbon footprint, Starbucks has sought to make some changes. This week, Starbucks announced that it will no longer charge extra for its five plant-based milk options, all of which are much more environmentally friendly choices than dairy. The trap ? The announcement only applies to its 1,020 stores in the UK, or around 3% of its total stores.


In the United States, activists and celebrities (Hello, Alicia Silverstone) have been pushing the coffee giant for years to stop charging customers for their climate-friendly choices. In a clever move made earlier last month, the nonprofit Switch4Good attempted to help Starbucks understand that charging extra for vegan milk supports food racism by placing the financial burden on people. color, 65% of which are lactose intolerant. But Starbucks US will not budge.

In a statement sent to VegNews by a spokesperson for Starbucks US, the chain explained that, for now, it will not be phasing out its dairy-free milk supplement like its UK counterpart.

New technology in vegan meat

We all know that animal meat is outdated technology, and with new innovation in plant-based meat comes all the new possibilities that traditional animal farming cannot match. In Israel, SavorEat worked to create a whole new way to prepare and order vegan meat and this week it showed its technology to the world.

Imagine yourself in a restaurant ordering a traditional burger. The only customization options beyond the toppings were how you wanted to cook it. Enter the plant-based patties and the order of the burgers is changed to either animal meat or vegetable meat.


Now SavorEat’s technology changes the herbal experience even more by giving the customer the power to choose the fat and protein content of their herbal patty (which SavorEat makes from a proprietary blend). chickpeas, potatoes and pea protein). The entire process takes place via a mobile app that sends restaurant specifications to a “robot chef” who mixes and grills a fully customized vegan burger in six minutes flat.

SavorEat’s technology – which is completely free from human contact, an unfortunately but increasingly important part of modern life – is now hitting restaurants across Israel with the aim of bringing robot chefs to the U.S. market in 2022 thanks to to a partnership with the giant food service Sodexo.

Vegan chicken gets big

Without a doubt, 2021 is when vegan chicken has entered the scene. While Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods were previously known for their “rare” red meat substitutes, this year they both got into the thick of it with the launch of plant-based chicken products. And this week the vegan chicken continued to snap.


The new brand CHKN Not Chicken, started by a group of flexitarians to help omnivores give up meat, has become available exclusively through vegan retailer GTFO IT’s Vegan. The brand’s vegan pea protein-based chicken is available in Naked CHKN, Zen CHKN, and Fiesta CHKN flavors and can be used in any recipe that calls for chicken.

If you’re heading to Pasadena, Calif. This New Year’s Day to check out the 2022 Rose Parade, check out some samples from LikeMeat, which will be handing out spicy Like Chick’n Wings to kick off the New Year.

Google is looking for a wave of “vegan food near me”

In 2021, people were hungry for vegan food and Google’s year-end report proves it. Searches for “vegan food near me” have achieved a status that Google classifies as “breakthrough search”, meaning it has seen a popularity increase of over 5,000%!


Besides trying to find vegan food near them, people were also looking for topics related to sustainability. “Is climate change caused by humans” and “How to eat less meat contributes to climate change” was small group research in the UK during the month of October. At the start of the holidays, November saw a 3,800% increase in searches for “vino vegano” (vegan wine is Spanish). That’s why, this NYE, we’re toasting with some vegan vino to a great vegan year ahead.

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