Trader Joe’s and Ben & Jerry’s New Ice Cream, and more plant-based news of the week


Every week in the world of plant-based food news seems to be more exciting than the last and this week is no exception. While summer may be winding down, new vegan ice cream flavors from Trader Joe’s, Ben & Jerry’s, and Dear Bella Creamery are in full swing. Swiss chocolate company Läderach Chocolatier Suisse expands its vegan flavors with cashew milk chocolate. Pioneering vegan fast food, Next Level Burger opened its first location in Colorado to a long line of hungry customers. read more.

1New vegan ice cream for fall

Trader Joe’s is doing it again with new vegan options, this time in the frozen aisle where a new dairy-free ice cream has been spotted by Instagrammer Big Box Vegan. At $3.99 per pint, Very Chocolate is made with the flavor of fudge brownies with an oat milk base. While it was initially spotted at a store in California, the new vegan flavor is now available for Trader Joe’s executives to order at their stores across the country.

In the UK, Ben & Jerry’s is making a splash with its latest flavour: Chocolatey Love-a-Fair, a flavor made for the UK market in partnership with ethical Dutch confectioner Tony’s Chocolonely. The new limited batch flavor is available in both dairy and non-dairy varieties in the UK and is helping to end child labor and modern slavery in the chocolate industry by sourcing cocoa beans through Tony’s Open Series. VegNews has reached out to Ben & Jerry’s to inquire if the non-dairy variety is available outside the UK.

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If you’re looking for a US-based chocolate and ice cream collaboration, L.A.’s favorite vegan ice cream shop Dire Bella Creamery is teaming up with chocolate brand Fine & Raw this fall to co-create flavors of both. . On the chocolate side, Dear Bella and Fine & Raw have collaborated on limited-edition bars: a 70 percent dark chocolate bar with waffle cone pieces and a Black Sesame Chunky bar. On the ice cream side, Dear Bella uses beautiful, raw espresso and hazelnut bars as a blend for two new joint flavors: Espresso Chocolate Bar and Hazelnut Butter and Chocolate. These items are available for shipping nationwide as a set (pre-order begins Sept. 20) through Dear Bella and the chocolates can be ordered as a single package through Fine & Raw.

2Vegan Ganache Cups

If fall frozen desserts aren’t your thing, this week, other vegan desserts have taken it in stride. California brand Bon Dévi recently expanded its vegan ganache cups to its Harris Teeter retailer locations. There, shoppers will now find two flavors, chocolate and vanilla, of the good vegan candy cups.

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“We’re excited to partner Bon Dévil with the Harris Teeter family,” Bon Dévil founder James Averdyke said in a statement. “We know Harris Teeter consumers will love these sweet treats that not only taste great but also happen to be completely vegan.”

The company’s full line of vegan ganache cups includes two additional flavors: Salted Caramel Choc and Caramelized Banana.

3Swiss milk chocolate with cashew nuts

Is your sweet tooth more into chocolate bars? Läderach Chocolatier Suisse, the Swiss gourmet chocolatier known for its chocolate bar bars (or FrischSchoggi), has announced the launch of a new range of vegan chocolate made with cashew milk instead of dairy and coconut blossom sugar instead of the traditional (which sometimes contains animal) derived ingredients. ).

New offerings are the Creamy Cashew Tablet; FrischSchoggi Vegan Cashews; an assortment of Vegan FrischSchoggi in a small bag; Vegan popcorn and creamy cashews. Available in 40 stores across the US and Canada, these new offerings bring the brand’s vegan options to 22 stores.

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“Our Läderach team is proud to introduce delicious, fresh, fresh new vegan chocolate, made with in-house coffee beans and delivered directly from Switzerland,” said Nathanael Hausmann, President, Läderach North America, in a statement. “With our unique ingredients and keen attention to craftsmanship, our new vegan chocolates can unlock five rewarding sensory experiences and complement any occasion well, and are synonymous with Läderach’s current range of fine chocolates.”


4Colorado’s first Next Level burger

Next Level Burger (NLB) was serving vegan takeaway before it was cool and just opened its first Colorado location in Denver. Customers stood in long lines to sample an Oregon-based vegan chain that takes American comfort classics all made with organic greens and non-GMO ingredients. Menu highlights include burgers made with either a mushroom and quinoa patty or the Beyond Burger; Towering vegan chicken sandwiches. Loaded fries and hand shakes.

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NLB was founded in 2014 by married couple Matthew and Sierra de Grueter to set a new standard for fast food, one that is good for people, animals and the environment. The new Denver location is romantic as Matt de Grueter grew up in the city and the couple met when they were both attending Metro University.

“The goal of Next Level Burger is to fight climate change, cultivate sustainability, and promote a great lifestyle,” Matthew D. Grueter said in a statement. “Our curated and truly extensive menu offers something for everyone, whether you’re vegan, concerned about sustainability, or just looking for a great, tasty meal. We’re in the process of reinventing the burger joint for the 21st century.”

NLB brings the future of fast food to the masses with locations in Oregon, Colorado, Washington, California, New York and Texas. This fall, NLB will continue its expansion with a tenth location planned this fall in Seattle.

5Greggs goes in for vegan chicken

British chain Greggs captured the world’s attention when it launched a vegan Quorn-based sausage roll in its 1950’s stores in 2019. Since then, the chain has been adding other vegan items — such as steak buns, glazed buns, and a ham and cheese sandwich — to keep up the momentum.

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This fall, Greggs is delving deeper into vegan options with the Vegan Southern Fried Chicken Vegan Loaf, a vegan based on a popular sandwich made with vegan cheddar cheese, red onion, and chili sauce. On September 15, the chain will also release Vegan Fried Chicken Cojones as an item that can be ordered on its own. Complementing the fall menu is a vegan vegan bean and cheese toast made with classic baked beans and grated vegan cheese.

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