Future Food Quick Bites: Vegan Indian, EU Elections & Squeezy Mayo

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In our weekly column, we round up the latest news and developments in the alternative protein and sustainable food industry. This week, Future Food Quick Bites covers a new vegan restaurant in India, blended meat for kids, and Oatly’s climate election pledge.

New products and launches

Indian e-marketplace Vegan Dukan has opened Rollin’ Plantz, a plant-based restaurant in Bengaluru, which features Indian dishes and international favourites with a mix of whole foods and meat analogues.

Singapore’s PetCubes has tapped Indonesian startup Green Rebel Foods‘ plant-based meat to launch a plant-based dog food SKU called Vegan Formula, which is high in protein and low in carbs.

South Korean plant-based meat startup Unlimeat showcased its new line of Korean fried chicken at the National Restaurant Association in Chicago (May 21-27), featuring original, extra spicy, and Cheongyang Mayo flavours.

The event also saw Tofurky unveil vegan hot dogs (a first for the brand) and new deli slices, which now contain 13g of protein per serving.

The blended meat wave continues – and this time for kids. Colorado startup Teton Waters Ranch has rolled out its Taste Buds range, which combines vegetables with beef. The Meatball Buddies, Burger Buddies, Mini Corn Dogs, and Top Dog hot dogs are available at Whole Foods, Sprouts Farmers Market, Central Market, and New Seasons Market.

In a similar vein, vegan chicken maker Rebellyous Foods will soon offer its products in public schools in Chicago, as part of its larger strategy to up plant protein presence in school lunches.

Dairy giant Bel Group has introduced the vegan versions of its The Laughing Cow snacking cheese to the Canadian market, which will be available at major retailers like Metro, Loblaws, and Real Canadian Superstore.

malk creamers
Courtesy: Malk

US alt-milk maker Malk Organics has added three creamers to its lineup, priced at $7.99 per 16oz bottle. The lightly sweetened SKU has an oat base, while the vanilla and caramel flavours are almond-based. They’ll be available at Sprouts and select stores of Whole Foods, Erewhon, Fresh Thyme and other retailers from mid-June.

Speaking of milk, UK brand Oato is making its move onto the shelves of Waitrose, following a listing with northwest supermarket Booths for its fresh oat milk in February.

Danish player Naturli’, meanwhile, has secured a listing with Tesco, the UK’s largest supermarket, for its vegan block and spreadable butters.

Months after acquiring La Fauxmagerie, UK plant-based pizzeria Purezza has opened the vegan cheesemonger in its Camden store, with over 40 cheeses and the cult-favourite cheese cellar in the basement.

vegan ready meals
Courtesy: Shicken

Also in the UK, Shicken has updated its entire range of meat analogues from a soy and wheat protein base to an allergen-free pea recipe, with its existing products set to be phased out by the end of the month. The new iteration of its tikka kebabs is already out at Costco.

As it aims to make half its menu meatless by next year, Wagamama has introduced four dishes with Australian startup Fable Food‘s pulled shiitake mushrooms – this entails gyoza, otsumami, soba noodles and a koyo bowl.

In its efforts to address food waste, Unilever has redesigned its squeeze bottle for the Hellmann’s vegan mayo with an edible plant-based coating that prevents the spread from sticking to the sides and minimises the amount left over after use. The new packaging will be debuted in the UK and Ireland this year.

In France, plant-based meat leader Heura is running a pop-up vegan butchery at E-Leclerc hypermarkets. It started at Saint-Brice-Courcelles (May 21-25), is now at the Levallois-Perret location (May 28 to June 1), and will end in the neighbouring Clichy store (June 3-8).

Courtesy: HappyVore/Green Queen

Fellow French startup HappyVore has introduced a first-of-its-kind plant-based meat range called Croq’Coulis. Inspired by chocolate fondants and mochi, these combine an outer crunchy layer of pea protein and vegetables with saucy fillings (aubergine-tomato, and carrot-sweet potato-coconut curry).

And Swedish furniture giant IKEA has brought its vegan hot dogs to Australia. Made from rice protein, carrots, onions and apples, they cost A$2.

Finance, research and company updates

Australian plant-based meat maker Proform Foods, which retails under the Meet brand, has fallen into administration, appointing KPMG to manage the company. It continues to trade for now.

Dutch cultivated meat producer Meatable, which recently hosted a public tasting of its pork in the Netherlands ahead of its impending regulatory approval in Singapore, has appointed Jeff Tripician as CEO, with co-founder Krijn de Nood continuing in his board position. The move comes as part of the company’s plans to expand in the US following its Singapore launch.

meatable singapore
Courtesy: Meatable

Danish vegan cheese startup Færm has received follow-on funding through a €1.3M convertible loan from research firm BioInnovation Institute‘s Venture House programme.

Canada’s alternative protein economic cluster Protein Industries Canada has invested C$2.6M in a project to expand the lupin protein market alongside Lupin Platform, PURIS Holdings and YOSO Canada, who will provide the rest of the funding in the C$6.2M initiative.

Meat analogues will be the largest driver of the global incremental volume of protein ingredients, which are set to reach 860 kilotonnes by 2027, according to Swiss research company Giract.

Analysis by Japanese news outlet Nikkei has revealed that the country has the second-highest value of alternative protein patents, behind only the US. It’s followed by Switzerland and China.

crackd egg
Courtesy: Crackd

British plant-based liquid egg maker Crackd has launched a ‘love it or your money back’ guarantee to encourage people to try its product. The startup has sold the equivalent of three million eggs since its 2020 launch.

Fellow British company Tate & Lyle has handed over its remaining 49.7% share in US plant-based producer Primient to KPS Capital Ventures, which will own 100% of the company once the transaction is completed (expected by the end of July).

Policy and manufacturing updates

Meat giant Maple Leaf Foods, which merged its animal and plant protein businesses in February, has announced the decision to close a production facility in Brantford, Canada to consolidate manufacturing in its existing network.

Food giant GEA has broken ground on a new technology centre for plant-based, microbial and cultivated proteins. Scheduled to open next year, it aims to help food manufacturers meet the demand for alternative proteins, while creating future-resilient jobs and local economic opportunities.

In India, the CSIR-National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology has signed a deal with Kerala’s Alter Wave Eco Innovations to tap its vegan leather manufacturing technology, using sources like pineapple leaves, banana stems, and rice straws.

eu elections
Courtesy: Oatly

Finally, ahead of the EU elections from June 6-9, Oatly and Patagonia have joined forces to build voter engagement, imploring business leaders to encourage employees to vote. They’re giving staff time off to vote, providing them with informative resources, and giving parliamentarians a manifesto for climate-friendly policies.

Check out last week’s Future Food Quick Bites.


  • Anay Mridul

    Anay is Green Queen's resident news reporter. Originally from India, he worked as a vegan food writer and editor in London, and is now travelling and reporting from across Asia. He's passionate about coffee, plant-based milk, cooking, eating, veganism, food tech, writing about all that, profiling people, and the Oxford comma.

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