It seems like every week in the world of vegan food news is more exciting than the last and this week is no exception. After his shark tank appearance, Everything Legendary is moving forward and expanding into vegan chicken with the launch of Dragon Wyngz. Louisville Vegan Jerky Company is tackling salad toppings with its new line of Bacon, Pepperoni and Fiesta Chunks. And have you heard the ruckus in the UK about Cathedral City’s new vegan cheddar cheese? Read on to find out more.
1Vegan “dragon” wings
In 2021, black-owned vegan meat brand Everything Legendary raised $300,000 from Mark Cuban on shark tank to finance the expansion of its burgers and grounds. What has the company done since? Nothing less than legendary.
Within 24 hours of the shark tank episode aired, Everything Legendary sold $250,000 worth of vegan burgers and set its sights on expanding retail. Today, the company is expanding beyond vegan beef with its first plant-based chicken offering: Dragon Wyngz. Everything Legendary’s new vegan wings come in three varieties, including super spicy Scorchin Bites.
“You don’t have to give up flavor and fun when you go vegan,” Everything Legendary co-founder Duane Cheers said in a statement. “If you miss those spicy chicken wings, our Wyngz will satisfy that craving with all your senses – the look, smell and taste won’t disappoint. Like our burgers, these Wyngz are legendary!
New Dragon Wyngz are available at the Sprouts Farmers Market.
2Louisville’s Vegan Jerky Goes Into Bacon Bits
In 2012, Stanley Chase III had a happy accident in his kitchen when he overcooked barbecue soy protein. Tasting it, he realized that the meaty protein had turned into vegan jerky and thus the Louisville Vegan Jerky Company was born. Fast forward a decade, and the brand’s vegan jerky can be found in a variety of flavors at retailers nationwide. But Chase is not done innovating.
This week, Louisville launched a line of vegan dried salad toppings at Sprouts Farmers Market stores. The Louisville Vegan Toppins line offers three meat flavors: Bacon Bits, Pepperoni Bits, and Taco Fiesta Bits.
Louisville Vegan Jerky Company
“The salad toppings section in grocery stores is kind of a bummer, especially for vegan options,” Chase said in a statement. “We’ve noticed a huge blank space in the grocery store for bits, toppings and everything else. We’re really excited to fill that gap and bring our craft snacks to Sprouts’ larger consumer community.
3Gotham Greens getting into vegan dips?
Speaking of salads, New York’s Gotham Greens, a B Corp that grows tender green salads using fewer resources than conventional farms, is launching its first line of dips to complement its existing line of dressings…which perfectly complements its greens. .
With the cuisines of the world in mind, Gotham Greens infused each dip with a bit of their greens to create distinct floury flavors: herbaceous green goddess, creamy spinach and artichoke, garlic tzatziki and spicy green harissa.
“Our team is so excited to introduce four beloved dips in an innovative, plant-packed, dairy-free format that meets consumers where they are with a new option they’ll reach for every time,” Viraj Puri , co-founder and CEO of Gotham Greens, said in a statement. “Gotham Greens continues to focus on bringing consumers the best-tasting, best-tasting fresh foods in the category.”
Gotham Greens found that even though plant-based products make up only 2% of the Dips & Spreads category, they drive category growth at 24 times the rate of the total category, leaving plenty of room for new arrivals to serve consumers.
Our new expansion into plant-based dips serves consumers in a whole new way and reflects the food and culinary trends we’ve seen over the past few years,” he said. “Dips are one of the most popular snacks due to their versatility and mouth-watering flavors, but as consumers shift their eating habits to reflect a more plant-based and flexitarian lifestyle, the category has didn’t keep up with the supply of delicious plant-based options at the market.”
Gotham Greens’ new dips ($6.99 each) are rolling out to Whole Foods Markets, FrehDirect and other retailers this month.
4SAMBAZON goes tropical
If you want to bring a touch of summer to the beginning of autumn, the acai brand SAMBAZON has what you need: two new tropical flavors of its ready-to-eat bowls.
Created to support gut health, the new Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowl is the first not to contain Samazon’s signature acai and is filled with a prebiotic blend of red dragon fruit and a coconut flake filling grilled. The Mango Passion Fruit Açaí Bowl contains mango, açaí and a mixture of passion fruit, with a filling of coconut flakes and has been designed to support immunity.
“We are excited to continue innovating in the freezer section with the expansion of our line of ready-to-eat pre-mixed bowls,” SAMBAZON co-founder Ryan Black said in a statement. “With consumers looking for convenient, healthy and accessible meal alternatives, we are excited to share the delicious powers of acai and the exotic taste of dragon fruit, while providing consumers with what they are looking for. “
Both bowls are available at various retailers such as Wegmans, Stater Bros and Publix. The Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowl is also hitting Los Angeles-area Costco stores while the Mango Passion Fruit Açaí Bowl is heading to Walmart in October.
5The vegan cheese craze in the UK
Have you checked on your vegan friends across the pond lately? Chances are they’ve spent the whole week hunting for new vegan cheeses from Cathedral City, one of the UK’s most popular cheese brands, which is owned by Canadian dairy giant Saputo Dairy.
Cathedral City’s vegan cheddar, the brand’s first foray into plant-based cheese, is now available in shreds, blocks and slices from Tesco stores across the UK.
Saputo Dairy United Kingdom
“This is an exciting time for the dairy-free cheese sector,” said Neil Stewart, marketing manager for Cathedral City at Saputo Dairy UK, in a statement. “This launch is a momentous occasion for Cathedral City, expanding our portfolio into dairy-free alternatives for the first time with a range of tasty cheese alternatives, which means more people can enjoy our delicious products,”
Can’t hop on a plane for Gary? You’re in luck because Saputo also offers vegan cheese in the United States. Earlier this year, the brand partnered with That 70s show star Laura Prepon to promote the launch of her first line of vegan cheeses called Vitalite, which includes melty slices and shreds in mozzarella and cheddar flavors, as well as grated parmesan and cream cheese.