Tanya Flink

IKEA Food Set to Debut Vegan Hot Dogs Later This Year

Few can resist leaving IKEA with only the items on their shopping list. Even if a shopper successfully makes it through the checkout line without picking up an extra tea towel or knickknack, the food counter lures in many consumers before they head home with their purchases. IKEA calls this, ‘the obligatory bite.’ The IKEA menu relies heavily on Swedish meatballs and other animal-based products, with the exception of its vegan meatballs and a few other options. Now, the IKEA Food division just announced its development of the Veggie Dog, and it will be one hundred percent vegan. IKEA...

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Vegan Coconut Milk Yogurt Now Available in U.S.

Europe’s number one coconut yogurt brand, The Coconut Collaborative, has crossed the pond, releasing its line of coconut-based yogurts and dessert puddings in the United States. The Coconut Collaborative is a British-based company that launched in 2014 by identical twin brothers looking for a healthy, dairy-free alternative to yogurt. Edward and James Averdieck still run the company, and they are on a mission to spread their coconut-based products to the masses. The brothers want consumers to have it all; they believe one should not have to sacrifice taste for health, or ethics for lack of a sustainable product. “Pleasure...

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Kat Von D Beauty Wins Best Cruelty-Free Cosmetic Company Award

Kat Von D Beauty is about to reach it’s ten year anniversary, and it has a lot to celebrate. This completely vegan company recently won the coveted peta2 Libby Award for Best Cruelty-Free Cosmetic Company – for the second time. The peta2 Libby Awards recognize companies, individuals, celebrities, athletes, and activists who have made significant and bold contributions to the animal rights movement. “Libby” stands for liberation – animal liberation, specifically. Peta2 is the youth segment of PETA, the largest animal rights organization in the world. 2017 marked the twelfth year of the Libby Awards, which are determined based on...

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Bacon, Egg, and Sausage is the Most Unsustainable Sandwich, Study Finds

Researchers at the University of Manchester recently conducted a study to assess the environmental impact of the humble sandwich. Of the forty homemade and pre-packaged varieties tested, the traditional grab-and-go breakfast sandwich made with bacon, egg, and sausage, was by far the most unsustainable option. “Given that sandwiches are a staple of the British diet as well as their significant share in the market food sector, it is important to understand the contribution from this sector to the emissions of greenhouse gases,” explained Professor Adisa Azapagic, one of the study’s two authors. The intensive study focused on the carbon...

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Plant Based Foods Association Expands to Meet Growing Demand for Vegan Food

In response to the mounting consumer demand for vegan products, The Plant-Based Foods Association (PBFA) added a new board member, advisory team, and three additional staff. “In the next five to ten years, we are going to see a massive explosion of interest in plant-based foods. We are going to see many new companies and many success stories,” predicted Jaime Athos, CEO of The Tofurky Company and board president for the Plant Based Foods Association. That was back in 2016, and he was right. Not even two years old, the PBFA is doubling its initial staff, increasing the board...

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Vegan Entrepreneurs Bring New Vegan Cheese Brand to Brooklyn

Brooklyn, New York, has a unique new vegan brand to boast about: RIND Vegan Affineur. Born through a collaboration between two vegan serial entrepreneurs, this artisanal vegan cheese is about to disrupt the dairy and plant-based cheese markets. Founders Dina DiCenso and Joshua Katcher developed the idea for RIND when they realized – despite the booming popularity of plant-based cheeses – no company was producing a hard-rind, aged variety. Neither have professional experience in the kitchen, but both are well versed in the vegan and small business scenes. DiCenso is the founder of the Brooklyn-based vegan tattoo studio, Gristle Tattoo,...

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