Beyond’s Meatless Chicken Comes to KFC & More Vegan Eat News This Week

It seems like every week in the world of vegan food news is more exciting than the last and this week is no exception. This week’s headlines were dominated by fast food chains, and for good reason: KFC is finally serving vegan chicken in its stores across the United States; Burger King just launched vegan chicken nuggets across the UK; and Domino’s UK is celebrating Veganuary with the launch of Vegan PepperoNAY, its first plant-based pepperoni pizza. With a new person signing up to Veganuary every 2.5 seconds, this January is very vegan. Read on to find out more.

KFC Adds Meatless Chicken Nationwide

The day has finally come: vegan fried chicken is now at KFC. After two years of development and several smaller test launches, KFC’s vegan fried chicken is finally available at its 4,000 locations nationwide. The new option is made in partnership with Beyond Meat and features all the flavor of KFC’s famous chicken, but without any of the animal products.

The big news from KFC isn’t the only vegan chicken-related launch that took place this week. Canadian chicken chain Mary Brown’s has also embarked on plant-based chicken with the launch of Lightlife’s vegan fillets, which are now available a la carte and as part of a ‘side dish’ sandwich at its 200 stores. across Canada. And for Canadians craving some vegan KFCs, the Kentucky chain also serves Lightlife’s vegan chicken products at all 600 locations across Canada.

In the UK, KFC’s vegan chicken burger – which is made with a custom Quorn patty – has been temporarily taken off the menu after the COVID hit. However, KFC reintroduced the popular vegan chicken burger to its UK stores just in time for Veganuary.

Fast food chains are going big on Veganuary

Speaking of vegan, the campaign to get people to try vegan for January and beyond is in full swing. This year, Veganuary counted their 2 millionth registration and every 2.5 seconds someone new signs up to take on the vegan challenge.

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The UK-based campaign is also getting a lot of support from fast food chains this year, who have launched articles to help vegan attendees keep their plant-based commitments. This week, Burger King became the first fast food chain to serve vegan chicken nuggets across the UK. The new nuggets are courtesy of Burger King’s plant-based food partner The Vegetarian Butcher, a Dutch brand owned by Unilever. The new vegan nuggets are part of Burger King’s bigger plan to cut the amount of animal meat served on its menu by 50% by 2030.

Domino’s is also stepping up its Veganuary game this year with the launch of Vegan PepperoNAY pizzas. This is the UK’s first vegan pepperoni pizza, the new pork-free pepperoni is also made by The Vegetarian Butcher. The new pizza joins a host of choices at Domino’s UK, including the vegan This Chick-Ain’t Pizza pizza she launched for Veganuary last year.

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And it’s not just the UK that is having fun with Veganuary. Chipotle is betting big on plant-based chorizo ​​and just added its homemade protein to its 2,700 stores across the United States after a short launch test last year. The new spicy vegan chorizo ​​(which is Chipotle’s second vegan protein option next to its sofritas) is made from a pea protein base that gets its heat from a blend of ancho peppers, chili peppers chipotle and smoked Spanish paprika.

Philadelphia vegan cream cheese arrives in the UK

In addition to fast food chains, Veganuary’s influence is reaching the consumer goods space as well. This year, iconic cream cheese brand Philadelphia launched a vegan version of its best-selling cream cheese in Tesco stores across the UK. Made from a base of oats and almonds, Philadelphia promises that its plant-based cream cheese is just as creamy as the original.

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“With over half a million people attending this year’s Veganuary, the appetite for plant-based alternatives has never been so evident,” said Louise Stigant, UK Managing Director of Mondelēz International, who owns the UK branch of the Philadelphia brand, a statement. “We’ve worked hard to make sure that the new Philadelphia Plant Based really delivers the same taste and creaminess that people love and expect from Philadelphia and we’re thrilled that there is now a Philadelphia product for everyone, not a bagel or a slice of toasted sourdough. never need to do without it again.

VegNews has contacted the US parent company in Philadelphia, Kraft Heinz, to inquire about its plans to launch a vegan cream cheese in the United States. Stay tuned!

A vegan Twix imitator? No whey!

Accidentally vegan chocolate bars are one thing (here’s our full guide) but, unfortunately, the traditional Twix contains dairy in it. However, the chocolate experts at vegan brand No Whey just came out cleverly named “No Tricks,” an all-vegan chocolate bar inspired by the original Twix. The new vegan confectionery features cookie bars coated in gooey caramel and coated in vegan milk chocolate and come in a pack of two, just like the original.

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No Tricks bars sold out within hours of launch, but No Whey is diligently restocking them to give customers a taste of the vegan Twix. This week, the brand also opened No Whey Bakeshopin Howell Township, NJ, where it offers cookies, bread, baked goods and other desserts. The store also serves as the brand’s retail outlet where it also offers No Tricks bars for your Twix solution.

But what about vegan ice cream?

If all that talk about vegan chicken, pepperoni, chorizo, and cheese makes you crave a little dessert, Cold Stone Creamery is here to help. This week, the ice cream chain, which previously offered a variety of sorbets, launched its very first vegan ice cream option: Silk Chocolate Almondmilk frozen dessert. Cold Stone Creamery is known for its unique ice cream experience, where customers choose a base and mixes that a member of the team folds into a custom creation atop a frozen stone. Now, those looking for dairy-free options can play as well.

Can’t decide which toppings to mix with your Silk vegan ice cream? Do not be afraid. Cold Stone Creamery also offers Don’t Cry Over Spilled Silk, a vegan ice cream creation made with bananas, peanut butter and toasted almonds. Get it now at 931 Cold Stone locations nationwide.

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Oh and Ben & Jerry’s also launched two new vegan flavors this week, Boom Chocolatta and Bananas Foster, bringing its non-dairy portfolio to 40% of its entire ice cream business. We bet 2022 will be full of new vegan ice cream possibilities.

For the latest vegan news, read:

Mercedes-Benz’s new electric vehicle cuts carbon footprint in half with vegan leather
This year, a new person signs up to Veganuary every 2.5 seconds
Domino’s UK just launched its first vegan pepperoni pizza in 1,200 stores

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Tanya S. Norvell