It seems like every week in the world of vegan food news is more exciting than the last and this week is no exception. A craving for vegan chicken? Jack & Annie’s brings you three new jackfruit chicken products. Zero Egg is also working to provide a simpler solution for foodservice providers with its new Scoopable Scramble that makes it much easier to add vegan eggs to menus. And Ben & Jerry’s is finally giving our friends in the UK a taste of non-dairy Phish Food. Read on to find out more.
1Jack & Annie’s is growing a range of vegan jackfruit chicken
Jack & Annie’s is known for making tasty vegan meat from jackfruit and this week the company has expanded its line with three exciting new products: Crispy Jack Patties, Buffalo Jack Patties and Crispy Gluten-Free Jack Tenders.
“Our fans continue to ask for more chicken options, and we’re thrilled to meet their needs with these three new additions,” Jack & Annie Founder and CEO Annie Ryu said in a statement. “By using jackfruit as our number one ingredient, we are able to make foods that are not only satisfying like meat, but are also a good source of fiber and protein, lower in fat and lower in calories than products made from meat, and simpler and less processed, compared to other meat alternatives.
Available in the freezer aisle of grocery stores nationwide, the new products complement Jack & Annie’s existing jackfruit line, which includes vegan chicken wings, meatballs, pulled pork and more.
“Jackfruit has a naturally meaty texture and also captures flavors well, allowing for a versatile and delicious tasting experience,” Ryu said.
2Celebrate Oktoberfest with meatless sausages
For over 200 years, people have gathered in Munich, Germany for the annual Oktoberfest to indulge in beer, camaraderie and sausages.
This year the festival has something to offer its vegan guests with the introduction of plant-based options developed during Oktoberfest’s COVID-19 induced break.
Fest organizers this year hired chef Sebastian Copien to develop new options, including the plant-based Weißwurst (white sausage) created in partnership with German vegan brand GREENFORCE. Made from pea protein and sprinkled with traditional parsley, the new offering is a welcome respite from the grilled beef, pork sausages and chicken typically served at Oktoberfest.
Other vegan options at the festival – which includes 14 large-capacity beer tents and a few smaller ones – include patties with potato salad; classic bratwurst with sauerkraut; and a shredded mushroom goulash.
Although the name might suggest you have more time to plan your trip to Munich, Oktoberfest started on September 17 and will keep the vegan bratwurst party going until October 3.
3First frozen vegan scrambled eggs
Zero Egg is an Israeli brand that entered the restaurant and manufacturing industry in the United States in 2020 with its liquid vegan eggs made from a blend of vegetable proteins such as chickpeas, apples ground, soybeans and peas.
This week, Zero Egg announced a new innovation: Scoopable Scramble, a prepared version of its vegan egg that makes it easy for food operators to add an animal-free breakfast option to their menus. According to the company’s CEO, Liron Nimrodi, the new vegan egg format was created to meet the needs of the restaurant industry in the modern age.
“Our customers are looking for plant-based egg solutions that are easy to use, highly nutritious and delicious,” Nimrodi said in a statement. “We have been in contact with them since day one, listening to them, hearing about the difficulties they are facing, including unprecedented labor shortages, supply chain disruptions and inflated costs. We created Zero Egg Scoopable Scramble to make it easier than ever to serve delicious and nutritious plant-based egg dishes and meet their needs, and the needs of their customers.
Currently, Zero Egg, which is distributed by DOT Foods, is well on the menu at five locations in New York’s The Gray Dog chain, where it’s served as part of a breakfast burrito. According to Nimrodi, the egg-stuffed vegan burrito is the third best-selling breakfast item at The Gray Dog locations and consistently outperforms comparable options made with chicken eggs.
4Ben & Jerry’s Vegan Phish Food Swims in the Pond
Ice cream lovers in the United States have been lucky enough to enjoy Ben & Jerry’s bounty of vegan offerings for years, but some flavors have yet to reach our friends overseas…until now.
This week, Ben & Jerry’s announced the arrival of Vegan Phish Food in Tesco stores across the UK, with additional retailers planned for 2023.
The flavor was first launched in January 2021 in the United States and is the vegan remake of one of the first and most iconic flavors of the ice cream brand, created in the 1990s as a tribute to the group Phish. Made with an almond milk base, non-dairy Phish Food features the same legendary marshmallow swirls, fish-shaped chocolates and caramel ribbons as the original, but without any animal products.
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“Our fans have been addicted to Phish Food for 25 years and it’s o-phish-ally getting the non-dairy booster it deserves,” Ben & Jerry’s flavor guru Gabby Smith said in a statement. “We’re so thrilled to be able to introduce a jar full of non-dairy goodness without compromising on the chunky and swirl Phish Food is known for, meaning you don’t have to be vegan to enjoy it.” ”
But it’s not all vegan ice cream fairies and sunshine in the US, as the UK also has a few exclusive flavors we’re eyeing (looking at you, newly launched Chocolatey Love-a-Fair).
5Monty’s opens new vegan fast food outpost
For Angelenos and their hungry visitors, a new outpost of celebrity-favorite vegan fast food Monty’s Good Burger has just opened in Santa Monica.
Monty’s opened in Los Angeles’ Koreatown neighborhood in 2018 and its new location, which is right by the beach, is the sixth to date. So what do celebrities order here? The menu is full of chicken tenderloins, cheeseburgers that stick to your ribs, fries and toddlers covered in Follow Your Heart melted cheese and thick milkshakes.
And if you’re looking to eat like the Kardashians, Kourtney and Travis’ go-to dishes at Monty’s are the vegan chicken sandwiches and the Travis Oat Matcha Latte Shake.