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09/22/2017 JAMES CAMERON INVESTS IN VEGAN PROTEIN FACILITY

Oscar-winning director James Cameron and his wife Suzy Amis Cameron announced this week the formation of plant-focused company Verdient Foods—which will open an organic pea protein-processing facility in Saskatchewan, Canada. The couple entered into a four-year contract with nonprofit Saskatchewan Food Industry Development Centre to find plant-based uses for organic pea protein and will work with University of Saskatchewan and the Native-American community organization Whitecap Dakota First Nation to develop new meatless products. Once completed, the facility is expected to be the largest of its kind in North America, with the capacity to produce 160,000 metric tons of organic pea protein—used for products such as the Beyond Burger, plant-based milk such as those made by Ripple Foods, and more. (vegnews.com)

09/21/2017 COLORADO BEEF RANCH TURNS INTO VEGAN ANIMAL SANCTUARY

A former Larkspur, CO cattle ranch recently transformed into a vegan nonprofit called The Surf and Turf Animal Sanctuary. Owners Jen and Tray Federici operated the ranch as a small but lucrative business that raised cows to sell them for slaughter. As lifelong animal lovers, the couple came to a realization that they would eat meat only if they slaughtered the animal themselves, but were unable to cope with killing an older cow they had selected from their herd. Earlier this summer, the couple turned their 100-acre ranch into a 501(c)3 Nonprofit Animal Rescue and Sanctuary, and it is now home to a variety of animals. "We choose to go forward in our lives not as consumers of animals but as ambassadors for them," Jen Federici says. "No animal wants to die, just as no human does. Animals are amazing soulful creatures. We believe every animal deserves the life [they were] given." (vegnews.com)

09/20/2017 PIZZA HUT LAUNCHES VEGAN CHEESE

International chain Pizza Hut will add vegan cheese to the menu at five of its United Kingdom locations in October. The company partnered with rapidly expanding Greek vegan brand Violife to supply its dairy-free cheese, which will be available from October 2 until November 26 in Canterbury, Chatham, Thanet, Bluewater, and Crawley locations (and not available for delivery). Violife debuted at more than 400 locations of major Canadian chain Pizza Pizza in March, before being available in the United States—by way of growing pizza chain WisePies Pizza & Salad—last month. In July, competing pizza chain Domino's added vegan cheese by UK-based brand VBites to 55 of its locations in Israel. (vegnews.com)

09/19/2017 F1 CAR RACING WORLD CHAMP EMBARKS ON VEGAN MISSION

British-born professional Formula One (F1) race car driver Lewis Hamilton announced last week that he intends to adopt a vegan diet. "I'm on a mission to go vegan people," Hamilton announced via Instagram. "Animal cruelty, global warming, and our personal health is at stake." Hamilton—often regarded as the best professional driver of all time—is a three-time F1 world champion and has broken a number of racing records. The champ revealed that his decision to eschew animal products was inspired by watching vegan documentary What the Health, which debuted on Netflix in June. What the Health has made an impact on many of its viewers, including Real Housewives of Atlanta stars Porsha Williams and Kim Zolciak, musician Ne-Yo, and several NFL players, who have all chosen to go vegan after watching the film. (vegnews.com)

09/18/2017 DUTCH MEAT GIANT SWITCHES FOCUS TO PLANT PROTEIN

Dutch company Zwanenberg—which owns popular Dutch meat-centric brands Kips and Zwan—announced last week that it would sell a portion of its meat brands to re-focus 50 percent of the company on selling vegetarian products such as soups, sauces, and meatless snacks. Zwanenberg has been in business since 1929 and currently makes 90 percent of its profits from meat products. However, CEO Ronald Lotgernik believes eating habits are shifting toward meatless options. "It is now quite normal for young people to not eat meat three days a week," Lotgerink told Dutch media outlet Het Financieele Dagblad. Major international companies such as Nestlé, Danone, and Tyson are adjusting to consumer demand for animal-free food by diversifying their portfolios by investing in (or wholly acquiring) plant-based brands. (vegnews.com)

09/14/2017 LAUSD STUDENTS LOVE NEW VEGAN LUNCH MENU

Students at Sylmar High School are raving about their new vegan lunch options. Media outlet Los Angeles Daily News assessed the reaction of the more than 700 students at the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) school to gauge their responses to newly added options such as vegan chili, burgers, and Italian soy sausage sandwiches. While all items on the vegan menu received positive reviews, the chili was a favorite among students, and area food service supervisor Angela Nicholas said the option sold out of the prepared 200 portions in one lunch period, sparking plans to prepare 250 portions of vegan chili for future lunches. The vegan lunch pilot program was spearheaded by LAUSD board president Steve Zimmer, with support from animal-rights activist/actress Pamela Anderson. Student responses to the new lunch options will be gathered until November 17, at which point officials will decide if the program will continue and/or expand to other schools. (vegnews.com)

09/13/2017 NBA TRAIL BLAZER DAMIAN LILLARD GOES VEGAN

Professional basketball player Damian Lillard announced on social media last week that he has been following a plant-based diet during the NBA offseason. "Vegan alert," Lillard said in a video on Instagram that displayed a spread of vegan foods including tofu, pasta, and salad. "I've changed; getting my life right." The Portland Trail Blazers point guard suffered a leg injury during the 2016 NBA season and hopes a vegan diet will help him lose weight to take stress off of his joints. Earlier this summer, several professional athletes—including football players Theo Riddick of the Detroit Lions and Trent Williams of the Washington Redskins—ditched animal products in favor of plants to further their athletic careers. (vegnews.com)

09/12/2017 SOUTH DAKOTA RESIDENTS SHUT DOWN PROPOSED MEGA DAIRY

A dairy factory farm planned for construction near Lake Hendricks, SD was removed from the Brookings County Planning Commission agenda this week. On August 30, residents of Trenton Township Brookings County overwhelmingly sided against the dairy farm—with 96 percent voting to shut down construction to four percent voting in favor of the mega farm. Riverview LLP—the applicant behind the proposed 4,000-cow dairy—obtained a permit with the county earlier this year but received preliminary negative feedback from local residents who opposed its construction for fear that daily operations would pollute surrounding waterways. Richard Haugen, the county's Development Deputy Director, said that while Riverview LLP satisfied its requirements with the county, the lack of neighborhood support ultimately led to the farm's failure. (vegnews.com)

09/07/2017 NATALIE PORTMAN-NARRATED EATING ANIMALS FILM DEBUTS

New vegan-leaning documentary Eating Animals—which was produced and narrated by vegan actress Natalie Portman—debuted at the Telluride Film Festival in Colorado last weekend. Portman was inspired to adopt a vegan diet after reading Jonathan Safran Foer's Eating Animals and contacted the author to create a documentary based on his book. The film follows the book's premise of exposing animal abuse inherent in factory farming but adds visual elements that Foer said help to further expose the truth behind animal agriculture. A vegan reception was held for the film's first screening, which received a standing ovation. Later this month, the Environmental Media Association will honor Portman with an Ongoing Commitment Award for her work on the documentary. (vegnews.com)

09/06/2017 SUPERMARKET URGES SHOPPERS TO TAKE VEGAN CHALLENGE

In the September issue of Asda Good Living Magazine, United Kingdom-based supermarket chain Asda published a feature titled "7 Day Vegan Challenge." The story includes tips, advice, and recipes for readers who want to adopt a vegan diet. Additionally, Asda chef Andrew Johnson took the seven-day challenge himself and offers readers insight on how he removed animal products from his diet, along with recipes for plant-based dishes such as ratatouille and chickpea-based curry. "There are vegan versions of everything you can think of, from sushi to scrambled eggs, as well as alternative products like milk, cheese, and ice cream," the feature, according to media outlet Live Kindly, said. Asda continues to capitalize on the growing trend of people choosing a vegan diet in Britain—which, according to The Vegan Society, increased by 360 percent since 2006. (vegnews.com)

09/05/2017 LEBANON ADOPTS FIRST ANIMAL-PROTECTION LAW

Last week, Lebanese president Michel Aoun passed the country's first animal welfare law. The legislature was the result of several years of lobbying by animal-rights nonprofit Animals Lebanon. "With this law, Lebanon's regulations are as strict, if not stricter, than other laws in the region," Animals Lebanon Executive Director Jason Mier told media outlet Agence France-Presse. The law sets forth penalties—up to four months in prison and fines up to LL100 million ($66,000)—for mistreating both companion and wild animals used for entertainment in zoos and circuses. The law also bans keeping wild or endangered animals as companions—a move that could disrupt the massive rare-animal trade currently happening in Lebanon. "We do not expect to see any improvements next week or next month," Mier said. "But now we have the tools, and we have a path." (vegnews.com)

09/04/2017 DEMAND FOR PLANT-BASED PRODUCTS UP 140 PERCENT

Bart Child, CEO of ingredients-manufacturing company Nellson, has revealed that demand for plant-based formulations within his company has risen nearly 140 percent in 2016. "We are seeing an increased demand for plant-based formulations in both nutritional bars and powders," Child told Foodnavigator. Child also revealed that while revenue at Nellson for whey-based formulations grew by only two percent in 2016, revenue for plant-based products grew by 38 percent. To meet demand, Nellson—which works with plant proteins derived from peas, soy, rice, potatoes, pumpkin, algae, black beans, chia, and hemp—plans to expand to a 300,000 square-foot production facility in Ontario, Canada in October. (vegnews.com)

09/01/2017 STARTUP TURNS BEER WASTE INTO VEGAN BARELY MILK

New vegan startup Canvas plans to launch its first products—plant-based beverages made from waste produced by beer breweries—this fall. This week, the company closed its crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter at almost double its initial goal of $25,000. Canvas uses "spent grain" sourced from the beer-making process to create a barley-based milk in five flavors: Original, Cocoa, Cold Brew Latte, Matcha, and Turmeric Chai. "The beverage is a new frontier in sustainable nourishment," Canvas co-founder Sarah Pool told media outlet Foodnavigator. "Our goal is to turn as much spent grain into 'saved grain' as possible to expand access to better nutrition for everyone." Vegan milk options continue to expand beyond soy with Ripple's pea-based milk, Veggemo's potato- and cassava-based beverages, and Swedish import Oatly's oat-based concoctions. (vegnews.com)

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