Butterfinger Copycat, bee-free honey and more vegan news of the week

Every week in the world of vegan food news seems to be more exciting than last week and this week is no exception. Vegetarian frozen dessert brand Dream Pops introduces new Butterfinger-style chocolate-coated treats – which can now be shipped straight to your door. MeliBio gives foodies a taste of its sustainable, plant-based honey in San Francisco. In addition, the Hong Kong-based OmniFoods brand has launched vegetarian seafood through one private retailer in the United States. read more.

1 Dream Pops Crunchy Bites Here

If you haven’t yet discovered Dream Pops mini chocolate fudge in the frozen aisle of your local supermarket, you probably live on another planet. Since its launch at Whole Foods Markets in 2021, it has expanded its availability to thousands of stores throughout the United States and Canada. Not only did this dreamy vegan dessert reinvent what you imagined a frozen dessert should be, but it also honed all of the cult classic flavors (banana cream, anyone?).

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Today, the vegan brand is releasing its latest shelf-stable offering: Dream Pops Crunch. Available in six flavors (Berry Dreams, Vanilla Sky, Birthday Cake, Banana Cream, Mint Slices, and Cookie Dough), these sweets feature a crunchy interior that resembles an old-fashioned Butterfinger candy wrapped in dark chocolate. “The Crunch product is something we’ve been developing for a few years now, and we’ve teased it at the last few trade shows,” David Greenfield, co-founder and CEO of Dream Pops, told VegNews. “It’s our top choice for you, a vegan alternative to Butterfinger or Whoppers.”

The new Dream Pops Crunch is available on the brand’s website – which, also from today, offers a direct-to-consumer shopping experience so you can have products delivered to your door. Starting in September, the new product will also launch through Amazon and select retailers before rolling out further to thousands of other stores. And fear not: Dream Pops is incorporating options like Instacart, GoPuff, and Last Mile into their checkout website so you can buy delicate frozen treats from available local suppliers so you don’t arrive in a mess.

2 MeliBio sustainable bee-free honey arrives in SF

Founded in Berkeley, California in 2020 by scientist Aaron Schaller, Ph.D., and CEO of honey industry Darko Mandic, MeliBio’s first product, Botanical Honey, was unveiled in October 2020 after a blind taste test of industry leaders revealed that honey does not. It can be distinguished from honey. Conventional honey – does not harm bees and does not pose a significant threat to the biodiversity of the world’s crops. And now, the brand has international companies waiting for a chance to include its vegan honey in its menus and in its products.

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This summer, MeliBio is partnering with Matthew Kenny’s upscale vegetarian restaurant, BAIA, in San Francisco for one final taste test with a limited summer menu, featuring bruschetta entrees and panna cotta, before officially launching a sustainable, bee-free honey later this year. BAIA guests will have the chance to be among the first in the world to sample MeliBio bee-free honey until September.

“A lot of times while developing a new vegetarian dish I think, ‘I wish I could use honey. “Unfortunately, many chefs struggle with standard industrial substitutes, such as agave, which lack the distinct flavor and nutrition characteristic of honey,” Bia Executive Chef Joshua Yap said in a statement. “Milipio is exactly what other chefs and I have been looking for. Not only is it real honey from plants, not bees, but it provides an ethical and sustainable choice for restaurants and consumers alike.”

3 RIND Peach Chips Save Food Waste

While we love to give you the latest information on vegan products that curb your cravings for Big Macs, Pumpkin Spice Lattes, and Cinnabon, sometimes a snack that makes you feel good should be mentioned too. This week, snack brand RIND is launching a limited edition peach chips just in time for all of its summery sweet and fruity snacks.

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If you’re unfamiliar with this sustainable whole fruit snack brand, RIND uses recycled products that have been salvaged in sourcing and drying processes while retaining nutrient-rich fruit skin whenever possible. As a result, RIND has diverted more than 350,000 pounds of edible food waste in 2021 alone, while staying true to the brand’s mission of increasing nutrition and reducing waste. This year, the brand is on track to divert more than 1 million pounds of edible food waste from landfills.

Available exclusively through online retailer Thrive Market, RIND Peach Chips uses a single ingredient California peaches without adding anything else. “The time was right for bolder fruit snacks — a meal that better aligns with consumers’ preferences for fresh, whole fruit with a big, bright flavor,” said Matt Weiss, RIND founder and CEO, in a statement. “The idea of ​​taking one of summer’s most beloved staples, like yellow peaches, and creating a thin, refreshing slice was there to choose.”

4 Seafood from OmniFoods arrives in the US

After the successful launch of its much-anticipated vegan seafood product in the UK earlier this year, Hong Kong-based brand OmniFoods is bringing it to the US. Launching in online retailer GTFO It’s Vegan, we can finally get our hands on the brand’s Omni Classic Fillet (an unpopped white fish alternative), Omni Golden Fillet (crunchy, vegan fish fillets), and OmniCrab (vegan crabmeat pies) cake.

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Ultimately, OmniFoods aims to save the world with plant-based meat and seafood alternatives, especially in Asia where seafood is the number one meat category. David Young, co-founder and CEO of Green Monday Holdings and OmniFoods, said in a statement. “By providing our growing consumer base with healthy and delicious plant-based fish alternatives, we continue to fulfill our mission to build a multifaceted global ecosystem for future foods that help combat climate change, food insecurity, a public health crisis, planetary destruction, overfishing and unsustainable fishing practices.”

5 Horai vegan bacon just got more meat

You may have already added Hooray’s ultra-realistic vegan bacon strips — which launched at Whole Foods Markets in 2020 — to your breakfast sandwich. But now, they’ve come up with something even better: a new “amazing” bacon that’s even more meaty. Coming to grocery stores and restaurants like Fuddruckers nationwide this month, Vegan Bacon 2.0 is designed to mimic bacon like never before. Each bar of Bacon Oysomer now includes a variety of crunchy and chewy portions, thanks to Hooray Foods’ advanced emulsifying technology. Plus, the new natural flavors heighten the greasy and meaty flavor of bacon.

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“We have spent over a year and a half testing a variety of ingredients to improve our texture, researching flavors to create a rounded flavor profile, and performing comprehensive color analysis to elevate product appearance,” Hooray Foods Food Scientist Patrick Dziora said in a statement. “The end result is a successful combination that provides a complete sensory experience for cooking and eating bacon.”

Shoppers can identify the new edition by the green “AWESOMER” label on the packaging.

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