New frozen treats at Trader Joe’s, Eco Pizza and other vegan food news of the 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. summer seems this get a whole lot closer with Trader Joe’s new Vegan Oat Milk Ice Cream Sandwiches. Vegan chicken continues to dominate headlines and store shelves, including this week’s launch of the new CHKN Not Chicken brand in more than 350 Sprouts markets nationwide. And everyone’s favorite food, pizza, gets a makeover thanks to the Unilever Knorr brand. Read on to find out more.

1 Trader Joe’s Oat Milk Ice Cream Sandwiches

When it comes to dairy-free ice cream, our choices are vast these days, but a new frozen treat at Trader Joe’s is always a welcome addition to the arsenal. New to the frozen food aisle this week are Dairy Free Oatmeal Vanilla Frozen Dessert Sandwiches, a hand-held treat made for everyday snacking.

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“Each sandwich is made with a vanilla-sweetened frozen oat drink that’s nestled between two sumptuously soft chocolate cookies to deliver that satisfying feeling of long-day recovery in every bite,” Trader Joe’s describes its new cream sandwiches. vegan ice cream. Looks like Trader Joe’s is saying we should have one (or all six that come in the pack) every day, and who are we to argue?

The new Oat Milk Sandwiches join Trader Joe’s other vegan ice cream options, including the adorable Hold the Dairy! Mini non-dairy coconut frozen dessert cones that the chain launched last year to great acclaim.

2 New Vegan Chicken at Sprouts

Trader Joe’s isn’t the only supermarket chain expanding its vegan options. This week, a new line of vegan chicken landed in more than 350 Sprouts stores across the country. CHKN Not Chicken is made by a group of flexitarians to help omnivores eat less meat, and vegans can play too, as the line is completely plant-based.

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Available in the frozen aisle, CHKN Not Chicken comes in four flavors: Naked CHKN (original), Zen CHKN (Asian spice and ginger), Fiesta CHKN (Mexican spice and citrus) and BBQ CHKN (a sweet and savory which is exclusive to Sprouts)

“We are thrilled to partner with Sprouts to bring our delicious, plant-based chicken to consumers across the country,” said Brian Pope, co-founder and CEO of CHKN Not Chicken, in a statement. “Our mission to help consumers live healthier and more sustainably by eating less meat is perfectly aligned with Sprouts’ commitment to wellness-focused products. We are excited to join them as innovators in the food industry.

3 More vegan chicken, please

This week, Singapore-based start-up Next Gen Foods raised $100 million in private equity to bring its vegan chicken brand TiNDLE to restaurants around the world. Founded by two meat industry veterinarians, the company seeks to reduce humanity’s dependence on animal agriculture with its tasty vegan chicken. Made with just nine ingredients, TiNDLE contains “lipi,” a plant-based approximation of chicken fat that makes plant-based meat taste and cook like the real thing.


While the brand is already present in 200 restaurants near its home country, the new funding will help TiNDLE take off in other markets, including the United States. This week, new vegan chicken is coming to restaurants in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia and more, giving chefs a chance to showcase TiNDLE’s chicken goodness.

Back in Singapore, Next Gen Foods is working on opening a huge research and development center and aims to bring TiNDLE to the UK and Germany in 2022.

4 Nooch, but make it flavored

Affectionately known as “nooch,” nutritional yeast is the secret ingredient to living the happiest vegan life and Bragg Live Food Products (“Bragg’s”) has been a go-to brand for years. Many brands have discovered the nerdy goodness of the nooch these days, including our friend Trader Joe’s (which offers a house brand clutch at a really good price).

However, while there’s nothing wrong with nooch’s classic cheese flavor, Bragg’s knows that variety is the spice of life. For this reason, the brand is stepping up its nooch game with the release of the first flavored nutritional yeast in the US market. This week, Bragg’s Nutritional Yeast Roasted Garlic and Smoky Barbecue flavors join the original on store shelves nationwide.

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“We couldn’t be more thrilled to introduce our flavored nutritional yeast seasonings.” Bragg CEO Linda Boardman said in a statement. “As we continue to evolve the means by which we provide a daily dose of wellness, we saw an opportunity to innovate and develop our best-selling nutritional yeast.”

Classic nooch adds a hit of protein, B12, and cheesy flavor to everything from popcorn to potatoes, and these flavored versions are about to take movie night to the next level.

5 Eco-friendly pizza

The Unilever Knorr brand is celebrating World Eat for Good Day (February 19) by launching “Plizza”, a planet-friendly pizza. On Saturday, a limited number of plizzas will be available for delivery through Knorr partners in six cities across the United States (Chicago), Mexico, Indonesia, South Africa, Thailand and China. For those who miss the opportunity to try it, Knorr shares a recipe for her homemade vegan pizza.

Seventy-five percent of what people eat is made up of just 12 plant species and five animal species, and animal agriculture is responsible for the majority of food-borne greenhouse gas emissions. For these reasons, Knorr has developed Vegan Pizza, which features Future 50 Foods, a diverse collection of plant foods it has identified as more environmentally friendly, such as spinach, watercress and spelled. .


“On World Eat for Good Day, we want to help everyone understand the impact our food system has on our planet and our health and provide a delicious way to make a positive change,” said Dorothy Shaver, Director world of food sustainability at Unilever. A declaration. “Knorr is on a mission to help everyone eat a wider variety of sustainably grown plants that are regenerative for our health and that of the planet.”

People eat around five billion pizzas every year and with this campaign Unilever hopes more of them are plant-based and planet-friendly.

For the latest vegan news, read:

The Las Vegas Strip gets its first gourmet vegan restaurant
Former Nestlé Dairy supplier to be prosecuted for animal cruelty
This vegan squid mimics seafood with the power of fermentation

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Tanya S. Norvell