JUST Egg at Caribou, New Eats at Costco and more vegan food news of the week

It seems like every week in the vegan food news is more exciting than the last and this week is no exception. New JUST Egg flatbreads launched at Caribou Coffee as the chain’s first vegan food option. Native Foods celebrates spring with a rainbow-inspired menu curated by its new Executive Chef. Our friends in the UK are delighted to hear that Percy Pigs, a gummy candy in the shape of a pig, has officially gone vegan. Read on to find out more.

1Caribou Coffee’s New Vegan Egg Flatbreads

This week, coffeehouse chain Caribou Coffee added its first vegan option to its All-Day Breakfast menu at all 400 locations across the Midwest, West and South. Served hot, JUST Roasted Tomato and Pesto Flatbread includes JUST Folded Eggs (a patty format of the popular vegan egg), Violife Dairy-Free Smoked Provolone Cheese, Roasted Tomatoes and Vegan Pesto.

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“We are thrilled to partner with the innovative team at JUST Egg. We are always looking for new and innovative choices to meet the needs of our customers,” said Matt Reiter, Vice President of Merchandising and Product at Caribou. Coffee, in a statement, “Caribou’s food menu today includes gluten-free and vegetarian options, and with increased market demand for plant-based options, we knew we wanted to provide a tasty option for our clients.”

While JUST Egg is available on the menu at chains such as Peet’s and Philz, this launch makes Caribou the largest coffeehouse chain in the country to serve the mung bean-based egg. “Finally having a delicious and versatile vegan option on our menu shows our commitment to providing quality products that are not only better for your health, but for the planet,” Reiter said. “This sandwich is a delicious option for all guests, whether they follow a plant-based diet or not.”

2Eat the Rainbow at Native Foods

Vegan chain Native Foods has just welcomed a new executive chef to the team, Chris Bertke, and he’s been hard at work crafting its spring menu. Inspired by the colors of the rainbow, the new menu is packed with ingredients that embody the freshness of spring.

New items include Sichuan Asparagus Appetizer (asparagus spears in a light tempura batter, peanut ginger topping and Sichuan dip); Wasabi Crabcake Sandwich (plant-based crab cake, cilantro edamame pesto, pickled red cabbage, lettuce, and wasabi aioli served on a toasted hamburger bun); and Strawberry Cheesecake Parfait (strawberry compote, cheesecake topping, graham crackers and fresh mint).

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“It’s unique for us to have a menu that changes with the seasons, as most fast-casual restaurant concepts don’t have this elevated aspect on their menu,” Chef Bertke said in a statement. “The spring menu’s vibrant theme and colors offer customers the opportunity to enjoy holistic vegan options through July 13.”

In addition to the new rainbow-inspired spring menu, Native Foods is launching a meaty specialty from Chef Bertke created for the month of May. The Beef n Bettah sandwich – a riff on “Beef and Cheddar” – is piled high with slices of roast beef-style seitan, vegan cheddar cheese sauce, plant-based horseradish aioli, caramelized onions and pepperoncini, all served on a toasted pretzel bun.

The chef also tweaked Native Foods’ macaroni and cheese recipe to make it “the cheesiest ever.”

3New vegan dishes at Costco

A new vegan and keto-friendly dessert option has arrived at Costco stores in the Southeast region (which includes South Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, South Carolina, North Carolina , Tennessee and Puerto Rico), as well as stores in Central California, greater Los Angeles and Hawaii.

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Made by Simply Delish, Keto Chocolate Sugar-Free Pudding is available in six-cup packs and contains three net carbs and 100 calories per serving. “We set out to create incredibly healthy desserts that don’t taste like giving up rich flavor,” Martin Pamensky, founder and CEO of Simply Delish, said in a statement. “We are thrilled to offer an amazing tasting healthy dessert/snack option for those with allergies, diabetes or celiac disease. [disease]. They can take it wherever they go.

And starting Monday, 21 Costco locations in Southern California are adding something else to their shelves for a limited time. The new Meatless Sausage Breakfast Bowl features vegan sausage made by Alpha Foods, vegan egg made by Zero Egg, and herbed red and green peppers and potatoes. The breakfast bowls will be available at Costco in a pack of four for $12.49.

4Percy Pigs ditches gelatin, beeswax

In the UK, this week marked a momentous occasion for Britons young and old. That’s because Marks and Spencer’s popular Percy Pigs gummies are now officially vegan. Three years ago, the brand announced it would remove pork gelatin from its formulation, sparking excitement that the candies were potentially vegan. However, the treats – which were relabeled with a “v” meaning “vegetarian” – still contained beeswax, which made them non-vegan.

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This week, shoppers rejoiced when they spotted packs of Percy Pigs clearly labeled as ‘vegan’ and free of beeswax (previously on the E901 label) in M&S stores across the UK. Small pig-shaped candy bags will be available initially with other sizes planned for future release.

5Sweets for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is this Sunday and we can’t think of a better way to honor the mother figures in our lives than with dairy-free chocolates. This year, the artisan chocolatiers at Casse Cou, a vegan boutique launched last year by celebrity chef Matthew Kenney, are making delicious truffles, pralines and candies in flavors such as Pecan Whiskey, Peanut Butter Caramel, Marzipan and Raspberry Violet Milk Chocolate. . . Customers can choose from pre-made boxes or customize their own and get 15% off for Mother’s Day with code MOTHERSDAY15.

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And if mom isn’t a fan of chocolates (horror!), the Cinnaholic cinnamon bun chain has it all. On Sunday, all store locations will offer the Signature Gift Boxes (starting at $24.99; price varies by location) which include two cinnamon rolls, two mini cookies, two brownies and two chocolate covered strawberries . Customers are encouraged to pre-order boxes two hours prior to pickup.

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