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Buffalo chicken patties, new frozen eggs, 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. Do you have a craving for vegan chicken? Jack & Annie has got you covered with three new jackfruit-based chicken products. Zero Egg is also bringing an easier solution to food service providers with its new Scoopable Scramble that makes putting vegan eggs on menus much easier. Finally, Ben & Jerry’s gives our UK friends a taste of Phish Food that is non-dairy. read more.

1Jack and Annie grow their vegan jackfruit line

Jack & Annie’s is known for making delicious vegan jackfruit, and this week the company expanded its line with three exciting new products: Crispy Jack Patties, Buffalo Jack Patties, and Gluten-Free Crispy Jack Tenders.

“Our fans continue to demand more chicken options, and we’re excited to meet their needs with these three new additions,” Jack & Annie founder and CEO Annie Rio said in a statement. “By using jackfruit as our first ingredient, we can make foods that are not only as satisfying as meat, but are also a good source of fiber and protein, lower fat and calories than meat products, and are simpler and less processed compared to other meat alternatives.”

Available in the freezer aisle of grocery stores across the country, the new products complement Jack & Annie’s jackfruit-based line of vegan chicken wings, meatballs, pulled pork, and more.

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“Jackfruit has a naturally meaty texture and captures flavors well, allowing for a varied and delicious tasting experience,” Ryu said.

2Celebrate Oktoberfest with meatless sausage

For more than 200 years, people have gathered in Munich, Germany for the annual Oktoberfest to enjoy beer, camaraderie, and sausage.

This year, the festival has something to offer its vegan guests by offering vegan options developed during the Oktoberfest shutdown due to COVID-19.

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This year, festival organizers hired chef Sebastian Cuban to develop new options, including vegan Weißwurst (white sausage) created in partnership with German vegetarian brand GREENFORCE. Made with pea protein and dotted with traditional parsley, the new offering is a nice respite from the grilled oxen, pork sausage, and chicken usually served at Oktoberfest.

Other vegetarian options at the festival – which has 14 large-capacity beer tents and some smaller ones – include pancakes with potato salad; Classic sausage with sauerkraut. And Algelash made of pulled mushrooms.

Although the name might suggest you have more time to make travel plans to Munich, Oktoberfest has started on September 17th and will keep the vegan sausage party going until October 3.

3The first frozen vegan scrambled eggs

Zero Egg is a brand from Israel that entered the food service and manufacturing sector in the United States in 2020 with its liquid vegan eggs made from a blend of plant proteins such as chickpeas, potatoes, soybeans and peas.

This week, Zero Egg announced a new innovation: Scoopable Scramble, a prepared version of its vegan egg that makes it easy for food operators to add an animal-free breakfast option to their menus. According to the company’s CEO Liron Nimrodi, the new vegan egg format was created to meet the needs of the modern day food service industry.

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“Our customers are looking for vegan egg solutions that are easy to use, highly nutritious, and delicious,” Nimrodi said in a statement. “We’ve been in touch with them since day one, listening to them, and hearing about the hardships they face, including unprecedented labor shortages, supply chain disruptions, and ballooning costs. We created Zero Egg Scoopable Scramble to make it easy to serve and cater to their needs, as well as the needs of Zero Egg Scoopable Scramble. their customers more than ever.”

Currently, Zero Egg—distributed through DOT Foods—does well on the menu at five locations of New York City chain The Gray Dog, served as part of their breakfast burrito. Nimrodi says the vegan egg-stuffed burritos are the third best-selling breakfast item across The Gray Dog’s websites and consistently outperform similar options made with chicken eggs.

4Ben & Jerry’s Vegan Phish Food swims in the pool

Ice cream lovers in the US have been fortunate enough to enjoy the bounty of Ben & Jerry’s vegan offerings for years but some of the flavors haven’t made it to our friends abroad…yet.

This week, Ben & Jerry’s announced the arrival of vegan Phish Food in Tesco stores across the UK – with additional storage vendors planned for 2023.

The flavor was first launched in January 2021 in the US and is a vegan remake of one of the ice cream brand’s first and most popular flavors, created in the 1990s in honor of the band Phish. Made with almond milk, Phish Food’s non-dairy features the same legendary marshmallow swirls, fish-shaped chocolate, and caramel strips as the original but without any animal products.

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“Our fans have been addicted to Phish Food for the past 25 years, and its ally is to get what they deserve in non-dairy products,” Gabby Smith, flavor expert from Ben & Jerry’s Flavor Guru, said in a statement. “We are very excited to be able to offer a tub full of delicious non-dairy taste without compromising any of the bits and swirls that Phish Food is known for which means you don’t need to be a vegan to enjoy it.”

But not all ice cream fairies are vegan and sunshine in the US because the UK has some exclusive flavors to look forward to too (looking at you, Chocolatey Love-a-Fair just launched).

5Monty has opened a new vegan fast food website

For Angelenos and their hungry visitors, a new celebrity favorite, vegan fast food location Monty’s Good Burger has opened in Santa Monica.

Monty first opened in Koreatown, Los Angeles, in 2018 and its new location — located near the beach — is its sixth to date. So what are the celebrities asking here? The menu is filled with chicken, cheeseburgers, fries in melted Follow Your Heart cheese, and thickened milkshakes.

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And if you’re looking to eat like the Kardashians, Kourtney and Travis’s order at Monty’s is the vegan chicken sandwiches and the Travis Oat Matcha Latte Shake.

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