It seems like every week in the world of vegan food news is more exciting than the last and this week is no exception. Two dads have created a vegan version of Lunchables with the new brand Mighty Yum. And GOOD PLANeT is upping its cheese snack game with new Snack Packs filled with vegan cheese, fruit and nuts. Do you prefer snacking on ice cream? NadaMoo! covered it with his new ice cream bites. Read on to find out more.
1Dairy Free Cheese Snacks
Vegan brand GOOD PLANeT Foods is an innovator in dairy-free cheese and offers cheese strips, slices and wheels. He’s perhaps best known for beating Laughing Cow with the launch last year of his vegan cheese wedge wedges in Original, Pepper Jack and Smoked Gouda flavors.
And while Laughing Cow is still finalizing a vegan version of its cheese wedges (for real!), GOOD PLANeT continues to develop some exciting offerings.
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“As demand for plant-based cheese continues to grow, consumers have expressed a lack of quality options,” GOOD PLANeT Foods co-CEO Bart Adlam said in a statement. “At GOOD PLANeT Foods, we are constantly looking for ways to bring the joy of cheese to more consumers who are looking for ways to eat more plant-based foods.”
The company is now launching Snack Packs that combine cubes of its vegan cheeses with fruits and nuts for an easy on-the-go snack. Starting in October, the new packs ($1.99 each) will be available at retailers in two varieties: Smoked Gouda with Dried Cranberries and Almonds and Cheddar with Dried Cranberries and Cashews.
“With snacks continuing to grow rapidly in the United States, our new Snack Packs are a delicious, healthy and filling alternative,” Adlam said. “We are committed to growing the plant-based cheese segment and believe this innovation will bring new consumers and eating opportunities to the segment.”
The kids in our lives—and the kids we still hold in our hearts—deserve a plant-based version of Lunchables, a nostalgic mealtime solution that’s been around since 1988. Enter Mighty Yum, a new brand founded by Marc Elkman and Howard Panes, two of the health and wellness industry veterans and dads who wanted to help their kids eat better.
The resulting products are Lunchables-like kits that feature all plant-based ingredients in three familiar flavors: turkey and cheese, ham and cheese, and pepperoni pizza. Each colorful box comes with vegan meats, dairy-free cheeses and crackers, all designed to help kids make better food choices.
“Teaching healthy and nutritious eating at an early age is essential for healthy eating throughout life,” Marc Elkman said in a statement. “Mighty Yum does this in a way that makes healthy eating accessible and fun for kids.”
Mighty Earth is brand new, and its vegan lunch kits will launch on its website in November and debut in grocery and convenience stores in late 2022/early 2023.
3Ice cream legend NadaMoo goes from pints to bites
From pints to bars to sandwiches, we love ice cream in all sizes, as long as it’s vegan, of course. And the famous vegan ice cream brand NadaMoo! in Austin, TX delivers the frozen treat in one bite and we’re here for it.
NadaMoo’s new frozen bites! feature a core of its coconut milk-based ice cream wrapped in a chewy coating (think mochi). The new range will be available in five flavors: salted caramel, mint, peanut butter, mango and orange cream.
“We just made it even more convenient to use NadaMoo!” said Daniel Nicholson, President and CEO of NadaMoo!. “We wanted to create a delicious option for a wider variety of occasions. Now even if you’re on the go, you can enjoy your favorite dairy-free dessert. NadaMoo! is for anytime, anywhere.
The new ice cream bites will hit stores in early 2023 but will be available on the NadaMoo website in late 2022.
4New Hippeas vegan snacks are all about yellow peas
The snack brand HIPPEAS is known for its tasty soufflés and crisps made from chickpeas. The company is now giving other peas a chance – its slogan, by the way – with the launch of Veggie Straws made from yellow peas, a sustainable plant-based protein source that helps maintain soil health.
The new HIPPEAS Veggie Straws have just launched at Whole Foods Market stores in three flavors: Straight Up Sea Salt, Rockin’ Ranch and Sour Cream and Onion. In addition to yellow peas, the new line offers other vegetables such as tomatoes, beetroot, spinach and kale for extra flavor and nutrition.
“At HIPPEAS, we are all about ‘Giving peas a chance!’, so we are really excited about the launch of HIPPEAS Veggie Straws and the introduction of a new plant-based snack offer with yellow peas”, HIPPEAS CMO Julia Hecht said in a statement. “Yellow peas come from the same legume family as our beloved chickpea, and provide a delicious taste and crunch experience that really elevates our Veggie Straw range.”
5Birria quesadillas, Beyond chicken salads and other menu updates
If you’re in the mood for something special this weekend, vegan chain Native Foods will unveil its October chef’s special: The Birria Quesadilla.
The savory meal features vegan beef and cheese stuffed in a toasted tortilla served with a birria consommé made with onion and cilantro for dipping. To give the quesadilla even more flavor, the tortilla is brushed with birria consommé before being grilled.
The first Native Foods opened in Palm Springs, California in 1994 and the forward-thinking chain now operates 11 locations in California, Colorado and Illinois, where vegan meals include burgers, bowls, tacos, sandwiches, candies and monthly specials.
Want more? Beyond Meat’s vegan chicken just became a permanent protein on the menu at Just Salad, which operates more than 50 locations in New York, New Jersey, Florida, Illinois, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Dubai.
Just Salad introduces new vegan chicken in its Chipotle Cowboy Salad and Beyond Chicken can be used as protein in any build-it-yourself option.
The addition of plant-based meat is part of the chain’s overall mission to continue improving its sustainability measures. So customers who bring a reusable bowl on October 12 or purchase an in-app meal with Just Salad will receive a free serving of Beyond Chicken.