It seems like every week in the world of vegan food news is more exciting than the last and this week is no exception. Vegan seafood news is coming from women-led companies Atlantic Sea Farms (which just launched burgers made with kelp and green chickpeas) and New Wave Foods (which is launching vegan Cajun breaded shrimp into the sector. catering). Vegan chicken is also having a moment, with a new line of products from Dr. Praeger’s and new menu options at the Bluestone Lane cafe chain courtesy of Daring Foods. Read on to find out more.
1Dr. Praeger’s New Vegan Chicken Line
Although not entirely vegan, the Dr. Praeger’s brand makes herbal products for 25 years and this week the company expanded its vegan chicken offering. Added to its Perfect line, the new products are Perfect Chick’n Tenders, Perfect General Tso’s Chick’n and Perfect Nashville Hot Chick’n.
The company developed these new products in response to the popularity of similar plant-based chicken products at chains such as Panda Express (where Beyond Orange Chicken launched earlier this year for a limited time) and Burger King (which Tried Impossible Chicken sandwiches at some places this year).
“We are excited to expand our chicken offering with three new products that our consumers will love,” Ken Krasnow, executive vice president and chief marketing officer at Dr. Praeger’s, said in a statement. “These new [products] offer the perfect combination of great taste, health and variety that Dr. Praeger’s is known for.
Dr. Praeger’s new vegan chicken products are rolling out on store shelves at Publix, Shoprite, Giant Company, Key Foods, Meijer, Wegmans, Foodtown, and more.
2Daring Foods’ vegan chicken is coming to Bluestone
More vegan chicken news? I’m coming very soon. This week, Vegan Chicken from Daring Foods landed on the menu of Bluestone Lane, an Australian-themed New York company that has 60 cafes across the country. Starting this week, 25 Bluestone Lane stores have started serving Daring Plant Chicken as a protein option for any menu item, including its salads, bowls or sandwiches.
“Many of our residents follow a plant-based lifestyle, and we were looking for the right partner for a plant-based chicken offering,” Nick Stone, Founder and CEO of Bluestone Lane, said in a statement.
“Daring’s Chicken Substitute is the perfect fit, thanks to its simple, clean ingredient profile and process, and delicious flavor and texture that complements many of our most popular dishes,” said Stone said.
The Daring Chicken at Bluestone Lane is one of the first times the vacuum version of protein—made in partnership with Cuisine Solutions—found the location of the menu. Later this year, Bluestone Lane will expand its partnership with Daring with a chef-created option that includes its plant-based chicken.
“We are thrilled to begin a partnership with such a respected restaurant like Bluestone Lane and are honored to be their first plant-based protein offering,” Daring Founder and CEO Ross Mackay said in a statement. “We are confident that through this expansion, we can show customers just how tasty plant-based swaps can be, and in turn, these small changes can have a huge impact.”
3GOOD PLANeT Festive Vegan Cheese Wheels
With the holidays approaching, there’s no better time to stock up on festive items and vegan cheese the GOOD PLANeT Foods brand has exactly what you need. The brand just launched White Cheddar and Cranberry, a limited-edition holiday cheese flavor. Available as snack wedges and smoked wheels, the new flavor is now arriving at Giant and Sprouts stores.
GOOD PLANET Food
“Consumers are looking for new ways to enjoy plant-based foods, and these festive, seasonal flavors make it possible,” GOOD PLANeT Foods Co-CEO Bart Adlam said in a statement. “GOOD PLANeT Foods will continue to create unique offerings that bring the joy of cheese to everyone.”
In addition to its new seasonal flavor, GOOD PLANeT offers a variety of vegan cheeses in grated, wheel, slice and wedge formats. Last month, the company entered a new category with the launch of Snack Packs in two varieties: Smoked Gouda with Dried Cranberries and Almonds and Cheddar with Dried Cranberries and Cashews.
4New Wave Cajun Vegan Shrimp
Fancy a shrimp po’boy sandwich but without wanting to destroy the oceans? Plant-based seafood The New Wave Foods brand has the best solution with its new Cajun Breaded New Wave Shrimp, vegan shrimp prepared with Louisiana’s iconic cuisine in mind. The new Vegan Shrimp is available for foodservice operators, who can create exciting seafood dishes in a truly sustainable way.
New Wave Foods
The new product joins the company’s original vegan shrimp in advancing New Wave’s mission to save the world’s oceans by creating vegan seafood that’s indistinguishable from its fish-harming counterparts.
“Consumers want rich, exciting flavors and for operators looking to offer a classic shrimp option with a bit of pizzazz, Cajun is a no-brainer,” New Wave CEO Michelle Wolf said in a statement.
“With growing consumer concerns about ocean sustainability, Cajun Breaded New Wave Shrimp provides operators with a menu option that satisfies both environmental flavors and palates,” Wolf said.
Made with sustainably sourced seaweed extract and vegetable protein, New Wave Cajun Breaded Shrimp is part fried and can be prepared in a convection oven, high-speed oven, or deep fryer.
New Wave’s products also have additional benefits for foodservice operators. “All of our New Wave Shrimp offerings, including the new Cajun flavor, are free of cholesterol, shellfish and seafood allergens,” Wolf said. “Operators don’t have to worry about cross-contamination or any additional shellfish cleaning and disinfection.”
5Atlantic Sea Farm’s new veggie burgers
And vegan burgers are getting a makeover this week thanks to Atlantic Sea Farms, a Maine-based, women-run regenerative kelp company. A fresh take on “surf and turf,” the new Sea-Veggie Burgers are made with a combination of sustainable sea kelp and green chickpeas.
Atlantic Sea Farms
“Our new Sea-Veggie Burgers amplify the principles that underpin Atlantic Sea Farms’ entire line of award-winning, responsibly produced kelp products. They include the same delicious, fresh, nutrient-rich kelp, grown by our fishing partners in the cold, clean waters of Maine, that we use in everything we make,” said Briana Warner, CEO of Atlantic Sea Farms, in a statement.
“As a result, these climate action products help support local farms and ocean health, while giving you a delicious, climate-friendly, plant-based boost,” she said. . “They talk about our mantra, ‘good food should do good.'”
The vegan burgers are available in Ginger Sesame and Basil Pesto flavors and are coming to over 300 Sprouts stores, other retailers and the Atlantic Sea Farms website this month.